I love one pan dishes because everything cooks up in one pan, so there’s very little clean up required. Our family doesn’t spend enough time together as it is, so anything that helps me get out of the kitchen quicker after dinner, is a real plus in my book!
Like most of my one pan meals, this dish is ready in about twenty minutes! Lemon chicken pasta has such a fresh flavor, and there is a nice kick of spice from crushed red pepper flakes. If you are serving to young children, or just really don’t like spicy dishes, that can be left out.
How to Make One Pan Lemon Chicken Pasta
First, you’ll saute some onion in olive oil until it’s nice and soft, and becoming translucent. Then add some garlic and cook for about 30 seconds before adding some diced chicken.
You’re going to just brown the chicken, meaning you won’t be cooking it all the way through, but just until it is no longer pink on the outside. This helps the chicken to stay nice and juicy as it continues to cook.
Next you’ll add the remaining ingredients – rotini pasta (any small pasta will do), grape or cherry tomatoes, Italian seasonings, salt and pepper, lemon juice, chicken broth, and water.
Stir, and bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat. Continue stirring the mixture often as it boils, for about nine or ten minutes or until the pasta is tender. Most of the liquid should have evaporated at this point, but there will likely still be some in the pan.
Sprinkle with a cup of Mozzarella cheese, and cover for ten minutes to allow the cheese to melt. Any additional liquid in the pan should thicken or be absorbed.
Don’t have all the ingredients? Here are a few ingredient variation ideas:
Protein – If you have leftover chicken or a rotisserie chicken, you can use that instead. Dice into chunks and add to the pan after you saute the onions.
Vegetables – Tomatoes are really nice in this dish, and you can use grape tomatoes or cherry tomatoes. Canned diced tomatoes (well drained) work too. Other veggie options would be diced bell pepper, green beans or broccoli.
Pasta – Any type of small pasta will work. I’m just partial to rotini.
If you have leftovers, store them in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days. Reheat in the microwave for 60-90 seconds.
Kristin Maxwell is the creator and main recipe developer, writer, and photographer of Yellow Bliss Road. A self-taught cook and self-appointed foodie, she specializes in easy, flavorful and approachable recipes for any home cook.