Crispy Parmesan Chicken with Creamy Lemon Garlic Pasta

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Crispy, tender and juicy parmesan crusted chicken over the most incredible creamy lemon garlic pasta! This is a must make meal! 

Crispy Parmesan Chicken with Creamy Lemon Garlic Pasta in a metal frying pan.

 My baby is turning two in just a few months. I am seriously crying big ugly tears over it! ? We all absolutely adore her and she is so much fun. Every month that she grows I want time to stop because she says the cutest little things. We chase her around the house and she runs as fast as her little legs can go and says, “Wun! Get you!”. It has been so much fun watching her grow! Since the weather is warming up we spend every sunny day at our park around the corner. We have such a blast with her everyday.

As it starts to get warm outside and spring is almost here, I love to create lemon inspired recipes.

Promise me ONE thing. You will make this recipe this week!

Crispy Parmesan Chicken with Creamy Lemon Garlic Pasta in a metal frying pan.

Lets break this meal down for you. It starts with this amazing and crispy pan fried chicken. The crust is so crispy and the parmesan flavor is incredible. You cut into the chicken and it is so tender and juicy!

But then there is the creamy lemon garlic pasta. OH MY GOSH.

Creamy Lemon Garlic Pasta with a set of tongs.

This pasta only requires a few ingredients and it is creamy and amazing. It has just enough lemon to add a tangy flavor to the creamy pasta and it is perfect.

Close up photo of Crispy Parmesan Chicken with Creamy Lemon Garlic Pasta in a metal frying pan.

I could not BELIEVE how good this entire meal came together. The crispiness of the chicken and the creamy lemon garlic pasta! We all devoured this meal and couldn’t eat it fast enough.

The great thing about this meal is that it is ready in about 30 minutes. It is quick and easy and full of incredible flavor!

Trust me on this one! You have got to make it! It is a meal that your family is going to rave about!

Crispy Parmesan Chicken with Creamy Lemon Garlic Pasta on a white plate with fresh sliced lemons on the side.

Crispy Parmesan Chicken with Creamy Lemon Garlic Pasta

5 from 5 votes
Crispy, tender and juicy parmesan crusted chicken over the most incredible creamy lemon garlic pasta! This is a must make meal!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Author Alyssa Rivers
Servings: 4 Servings


  • 2 Breasts Chicken sliced in half
  • 6 Tablespoons butter divided
  • 1/2 cup Italian Bread Crumbs
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan
  • 1/4 cup flour

Creamy Lemon Garlic Pasta:

  • 8 ounce pasta of choice I used thin spaghetti
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • juice of one lemon
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • Chopped fresh parsley for garnish if desired


  • In a large skillet over medium heat melt 2 Tablespoons butter. To make the chicken: Melt remaining 4 tablespoons of butter in a shallow dish. In another shallow dish combine bread crumbs, parmesan cheese, and flour. Dip the chicken in the butter and then coat in the bread crumb mixture and place in skillet.
  • Cook on each side for about 3-4 minutes until the outside is crispy and the chicken is cooked throughout. (It shouldn't take too long because the chicken should be thin).
  • Meanwhile cook the pasta according to package directions and drain. In a medium sized skillet add the heavy whipping cream, parmesan cheese, lemon juice, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Whisk together and cook over medium high heat until it starts to thicken. Remove from heat and add the pasta to coat in the sauce.
  • Serve the chicken with the pasta and garnish with chopped fresh parsley if desired.


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Serves: 4

Calories661kcal (33%)Carbohydrates61g (20%)Protein21g (42%)Fat37g (57%)Saturated Fat22g (110%)Cholesterol108mg (36%)Sodium1039mg (43%)Potassium224mg (6%)Fiber3g (12%)Sugar3g (3%)Vitamin A1207IU (24%)Vitamin C1mg (1%)Calcium341mg (34%)Iron2mg (11%)

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.

Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian, Italian American
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Alyssa Rivers

I am Alyssa and the blogger behind The Recipe Critic. I started my blog in June of 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking. I love trying new things and testing them out with my family.

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  1. I’ve made this twice now. Delicious. But you’re doing everything at the same time in different pots. One for the pasta, another for the chicken, another for the sauce. Plus one for a side vegetable. I felt I needed a helper. Everything is easy just all last minute.

    1. Use the same pan you cooked your chicken in for the sauce. One less pan plus you get all the flavor from the cooked chicken!

  2. Oh my. This was absolutely delicious, Even sliced in half my chicken breasts were pretty large so I added a little extra of the chicken coating ingredients to my bowl. I also doubled the pasta and sauce recipe to make a full box of spaghetti and cooked my chicken in olive oil instead of butter. It was to die for! Thank you so much for sharing.

  3. This is delicious. I cooked the chicken and kept it warm while making the sauce in the same skillet. One less pan to wash. We will be eating this often.

    1. Saw this on a different meal I was originally going to make. I’m so happy I made this instead! It was delicious!

  4. I made this for dinner tonight. The sauce was very tasty but there was not enough, so noodle dried out pretty quickly. The breading on the chicken was great, but I will not cook it in butter next time. I like to mix vegetable oil and butter to get the chicken real crispy. I love trying new recipes.

  5. Very good and easy to make. I can be picky about chicken coatings, but loved this! I bet it would be good with shrimp too. Thanks for the recipe!

  6. Sounds and looks absolutely delight! Making it tonight for the first time! If I wanted to cook the chicken in vegetable oil or olive oil instead of butter, how many tablespoons of oil would be equivalent?

  7. I made this last night and it was very yummy. The chicken was very easy to make and stayed moist. Loved the citrus flavor in the pasta sauce. My family gave it a “thumbs up”.
    I had to make a couple of substitutions because I didn’t have the exact ingredients. I used lime juice (2 TBLS) instead of lemon juice and I used a mixture of parmesan & monterey jack cheese in the pasta sauce.

  8. When you say sliced in half, do you mean cut into two peices or sliced horizontally to make it thinner? This looks so yummy! Making asap!

    1. I ended up buying thin chicken breasts that were already cut horizontally and they worked perfectly!

  9. Made it tonight and it was delish! Only thing I did wrong was use regular spaghetti noodles. IT was still good but dry because the noodles. The chicken was great

  10. I made this recipe on last evening. I followed the recipe to the letter…It had a wonderful flavor. The only critique I have is the sauce…don’t get me wrong it tasted GREAT. It was just absorbed into the thin spaghetti noodles way too quickly for me. Next time I may either double the sauce or lessen the amount of pasta. I also loved the fragrance and taste of the chicken. I also love when the house is scented with delicious home-cookin’ aroma. :)♥♥

  11. This was so good! I just made a few substitutions to use what I had in the fridge. I love these flavors and the Chicken turned out beautifully crisp on the outside and tender on the inside! Thank you for sharing!!

  12. Oh man, if you haven’t made this yet …..
    You have got to?. It smells so good while cooking and it is absofreakinlutly deeelicious ?. Thank you for sharing ✌

  13. I tried this dish and it was pretty good, I think next time I will double up on the cream mixture for a little more flavor but overall it was a good dish.

  14. I made this recipe tonight and it was really good! The lemon flavor was perfect and the chicken was flavorful and juicy. I coated the chicken in olive oil instead of butter but I cooked the chicken in the butter as the recipe stated. I also doubled the amount of pasta and sauce to make a whole box of pasta. Great for leftovers!

  15. I made this tonight and it was very good; however, next time I will reduce to lemon to half a lemon. We had asparagus with it! Yum! Thanks!

  16. Fixed this last night, following the directions exactly. I wouldn’t change a thing! My husband is still talking about how good it was. Thank you for a wonderful recipe. I’m now subscribed!

  17. Delicious,I too yearned for a little bit more sauce. I also used a mix of butter and olive oil for cooking the chicken. But was a big hit! Used up some trimmings of basil and Greek organo in this and backed off the pepper.
    Overall though a great recipe ?

    1. Thank you for your comment! That sounds like IT was a hit! So happy to hear! Thanks for following my blog!

      The Recipe Critic,

  18. Great flavors! Does anyone have a tip for keeping the coating on? I did scrape them up and added them to the finished dish but it didn’t look quite as perfect as yours!?

  19. I made this today for my family and my husband and step son loved it. But my 2 boys didn’t like it. They’re 5 and 8, and they’re used to rice and beans, hard to get them to eat something different. (Spanish household) but I loved it and had I filled my husbands belly. Great recipe !

  20. This recipe sounds delicious, however, is it necessary to use whipping cream or
    can you inform me of a substitute. Thank you. Being a senior I so enjoy
    making meals such as this as I do not mind having the same dinner
    2-3 times a week especially when it’s so tasty!!

  21. Made this tonight and it was SOOO good! The sauce is to die for! Definitely double the sauce!

  22. Made this last night. It was so good! Next time I’ll make more sauce (we’re a sauce family).
    Didn’t need to brine the chicken…it cooked perfectly. Did I say it was so good?!

  23. I’m one of those weird people who absolutely hates pasta… call it glorified glue lol. But it’s my husbands favourite food, in any way he can get it. So I have to give in once in awhile and make pasta for him. So always looking for a recipe that I might be able to cope with and I think this recipe fits the brilliantly. Crispy and creamy, who could complain with that. So making this for dinner as a surprise for hubby who has been working so hard! Thanks for this!

  24. Hi! Just want to say I have tried this recipe and added it to my weekly dinner night menu. It is sooooo delicious and very flavorful! I have some picky eaters and usually expect to tweak a few things from a recipe but I absolutely love how this turns out 🙂 Thanks so much!

  25. Used penne gluten free lentil pasta! Used half and half with some chicken broth. still delicious! Thanks so much!!!

  26. We made this a couple nights ago, and the chicken was particularly good. I did reduce the lemon to half, and added a handful of fresh garlic cloves, chopped. The sauce was really subtle, and not at all heavy the way alfredo sauces can get sometimes. We roasted some rainbow carrots in the oven to go with. Nice job with this one! I would absolutely make it again.

  27. When you double on the sauce, are you just doubling the heavy cream? Or do you double the whole sauce ingredients?

  28. 5 stars
    I just made this tonight. Doubled the sauce and added a little bit more noodles but changed nothing else. Absolutely delicious!

    1. 5 stars
      I did the same thing last night but also made a bit more chicken to be sure we had leftovers. Used about 3/4 of a box of spaghetti and 8 thin sliced 6 chicken breasts. Definitely recommend doubling the sauce either way. So good! I’m sure it will become one of our regulars. And so easy!

  29. 5 stars
    This is one of the best recipes I have tried in a long time! Going into regular rotation at my house. Easy, delicious and I usually have all these ingredients on hand. Comfort meal that is pretty enough to serve on special occasions. I made it exactly as written and it is perfect.

  30. 5 stars
    I love this dish! Making it tonight for company. Instead of chicken I am using shrimp and asparagus. I like to prepare as much as I can before they arrive. Is it possible to put the the sauce in the crockpot to keep it hot the add the rest later

  31. 4 stars
    I have made this many times and it now is my go to meal. I am having company tonight and will replace the chicken for shrimp and asparagus. Is it possible to make the lemon garlic sauce ahead of time and put it in the crockpot on low, until it is time to add the rest?

  32. 5 stars
    This is am AMAZING recipe! I do double the recipe for the sauce because I like extra sauce to pour over the chicken as well as add to the pasta. So, so good! Breading the chicken with butter, a small amount of flour, bread crumbs coupled with the Parmesan cheese really elevates the dish! I am in love!! ❤️❤️❤️

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