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Lemon Basil Chicken Pasta

Penne pasta and grilled chicken all tossed together in a creamy lemon basil sauce! This will definitely be your next family favorite!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Main Course, Pasta
Cuisine: Comfort Food, Easy, Pasta
Keyword: basil, chicken, easy, lemon, parmesan, pasta, sauce
Servings: 4 people
Author: Caitlin


For the pasta:

  • 4 chicken breasts, cooked & cut into cubes
  • 1 box penne pasta*

For the sauce:

  • ½ stick butter
  • 3-4 lemons, juiced
  • ½ cup half & half
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • ¾ cup shaved parmesan** (or 1 5oz. container)
  • cup chopped basil leaves
  • Lemon zest


  • Cook the pasta according to the box's directions. Drain it and pour it into a large bowl with the chopped chicken. Set aside.
  • In a sauce pan, melt the butter over medium heat. Pour in the lemon juice and whisk them together.
  • Add the half & half and heavy cream and whisk until it's hot. Add the parmesan cheese and keep whisking until all the cheese has melted. Stir in a sprinkle of basil and lemon zest.
  • Pour the sauce over the pasta and chicken and stir until everything is coated. Sprinkle the top with the remaining basil and lemon zest and serve!


*Farfalle (bowtie) pasta also works well for this recipe too.
**I've found that shaved parmesan works the best for this recipe because it melts easily. You can also use shredded parmesan too but I would NOT recommend using grated!