Grilled Lemon Chicken Pasta

Hello Lovely,

Can I get a hooray for finally cooking chicken?! I know it sounds weird, but as a black Caribbean woman, before this recipe, I had never successfully made chicken that wasn't slightly under-cooked or too tough and chewy despite being cooked thoroughly. Here's how that happened. 

I needed to defrost the chicken (I used the thigh) but I was impatient. So I put it in some water on the stove and of course forgot about it. By the time I returned, the chicken was fully boiled making frying it rather easy. All I had to do was fry it on both sides until evenly browned. But because the chicken was pre-boiled, it was grilled more than fried. Which I'm quite alright with. This recipe is so crazy simple, that if I could do it, I'm sure you could too!

Here’s all you’ll need: pasta, lemon, butter, chicken, cream, flour, grated Parmesan cheese, garlic, salt, pepper, and garlic salt.

Grilled Lemon Chicken Pasta


  • 8 oz angel hair pasta
  • 1 lb chicken breasts, pounded to about 1/2-inch thick
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 5 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 3-4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice (about 1 lemon)
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and set aside. Season chicken generously on both sides with salt, pepper, and garlic salt. Then dredge chicken in flour until coated on all sides.
  2. Heat 2 tablespoons butter in a large skillet over medium to medium-high heat. When butter is hot and starts to turn brown, add the chicken and cook on each side, flipping once, until golden brown and chicken is cooked through, about 3-5 minutes per side. Remove the chicken to a plate and cover with foil to keep warm.
  3. In the same skillet, add the remaining 4 tablespoons butter. When melted and foamy, add the garlic and stir until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the cream and bring to a simmer. Add the lemon juice and zest and whisk to combine. Add the parmesan cheese and whisk until smooth and melted.
  4. Plate the pasta and top with chicken and sauce. Garnish with extra parmesan cheese and parsley if desired. Serve and enjoy!!

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