Creamy Lemon Chicken Spaghetti

Creamy Lemon Chicken Spaghetti

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

Serves 4 servings
Chicken breasts are cooked in a light, bright lemon and goat cheese sauce and served over spaghetti for a fast, flavorful dinner!


  • 1 pound whole wheat spaghetti
  • 2 lemons, 1 sliced in 1/4-inch slices, 1 zested and juiced
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 cup onion, finely diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut in 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 oz. goat cheese (see notes)
  • 1/2 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped, for serving (optional)
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, for serving (optional)


  1. Cook whole wheat spaghetti according to package directions.
  2. Meanwhile, heat 1 teaspoon olive oil in a large pan over medium-high heat.
  3. Add lemon slices and sear for 1-2 minutes. Flip the lemon slices over and cook 1 more minute. Remove and set aside.
  4. Add the remaining two teaspoons olive oil to the pan. Add diced onion and saute for 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add garlic to the pan and saute for an additional 30 seconds, stirring.
  5. Season chicken pieces with salt and pepper and add to pan. Sear on both sides, about 3-5 minutes total. (The chicken doesn’t need to be cooked through at this point. It will continue to cook in the sauce.)
  6. Add goat cheese and chicken broth and stir to combine and melt the cheese.
  7. Reduce heat to medium-low and let simmer for 3-5 minutes, until slightly reduced and chicken is cooked through.
  8. Stir in lemon zest and juice and serve the chicken and sauce and serve over the cooked and drained spaghetti.
  9. Top with reserved fried lemon slices and sprinkle with parsley and Parmesan cheese, if desired.

I used a mild, unflavored goat cheese, but you could certainly make this with an herbed goat cheese. Also, sometimes my goat cheese comes in a 4 oz. package. Other times what I buy is a 5 oz. package. Go on and use the whole thing if you have 5 oz. More cheese is never a bad thing!

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