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This lemon parmesan chicken Alfredo recipe is a delicious and decadent way to enjoy pasta! The sauce is irresistibly creamy with plenty of lemon and garlic! Ready in less than half an hour.

Try my Creamy Chicken Lasagna next for more irresistible comfort food.

easy chicken alfredo with pasta in a skillet
Photos and recipe updated 6/18

This chicken fettuccine Alfredo recipe has been updated since it was originally published – I made some modifications to make it simpler. 

This is your classic chicken Alfredo recipe with a touch of lemon! I love how lemon adds some brightness to this dish.

It’s still rich, but the lemon adds some much-needed freshness in my opinion.

a bowl of creamy chicken alfredo with lemon, garlic, and parmesan

I don’t know about you, but after the clocks changed, I started really craving sleep and carb-loaded foods. And by 6 pm it felt like midnight last week. Ugh.

Happens every year. There’s already been snow here for a few weeks (yes really), and that’s when I go through a bit of a phase.

Thus, meals like this lemon garlic parmesan chicken recipe were born!! And not a moment too soon.

I’m attempting to get back to my usual healthier habits, but just let me have this lemon parmesan chicken pasta, ok? 😉

This recipe will help take your winter blues away. Mind you, this would be good any time of year.

Looking for other easy lemon chicken recipes? Try my creamy lemon stuffed shells recipe, my creamy lemon chicken, or my lemon chicken orzo soup.

close-up of parmesan chicken alfredo with fettuccine and serving tongs

I’m quite picky when it comes to the consistency of creamy pasta sauces. I don’t like watery cream sauces. Those make me sad. The chicken in this recipe is coated with flour, which helps to thicken up the sauce fast, so you don’t have to worry about overcooking the chicken.

I went fairly conservative on the lemon in this sauce, so feel free to add more. I occasionally get comments that a sauce of mine has too much lemon, so I am trying to err on the side of suggesting to readers that they can add more if needed.

earthenware bowl of creamy garlic chicken alfredo

Love Alfredo sauce? Try these recipes:

Hope you decide to make this garlic chicken Alfredo recipe! Let me know in the comments below if you did or if you have any questions. 🙂

Do you crave more carbs when the weather gets cooler, or is it just me?

This easy chicken Alfredo recipe has a lemon, garlic, and parmesan cream sauce. It is so quick and simple to make cheesy homemade Alfredo sauce from scratch! Total comfort food. Serve with fettuccine or any kind of pasta.
4.67 from 12 votes

Lemon Parmesan Chicken Alfredo Recipe

This lemon parmesan chicken Alfredo recipe is a delicious and decadent way to enjoy pasta! The sauce is irresistibly creamy with plenty of lemon and garlic!
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 25 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients 

  • 8 ounces uncooked fettuccine pasta
  • 2 chicken breasts cut into bite-size pieces
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • Flour for dredging
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth (or use dry white wine)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 3 large cloves garlic minced
  • 2 dashes Italian seasoning
  • 1 cup heavy/whipping cream 
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • Fresh parsley chopped, to taste

Instructions 

  • Boil a large, salted pot of water for the pasta, and cook according to package directions.
  • Prep your chicken and sprinkle it with salt & pepper. Dredge each piece in the flour.
  • Add the butter to a skillet over medium-high heat. 
  • Once the butter is melted and hot, add the chicken to the pan. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove chicken from pan.
  • Add the chicken broth, lemon juice, Dijon mustard, garlic, and Italian seasoning to the pan. Give it a good stir. 
  • Add the cream and parmesan cheese to the pan. Let it bubble for a minute or so. 
  • Add the chicken back into the pan and let it simmer for 4-5 minutes or until the chicken has cooked and the sauce has further reduced. You may need to turn the heat down if it's bubbling furiously. 
  • Give the sauce a taste, and if it doesn't have enough lemon juice, add a bit more in. Season with salt & pepper as needed and sprinkle fresh parsley on top. 
  • Drain pasta and toss with the chicken Alfredo sauce (add in some pasta water prior to draining the pasta if the sauce needs to be thinned a bit). 

Notes

  • I don't recommend using half-and-half or milk instead of the heavy cream; the lemon juice is likely to break the sauce. 

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31 Comments

  1. ck says:

    5 stars
    Excellent! WOW! I boiled a bit more pasta (fettucine) and then doubled the sauce recipe. So lemony and fresh… I also fried 1 1/2 chicken breasts sliced very thin in butter (cast iron pan)… then added the flour and rest of sauce recipe. Turned out perfect!

    1. Natasha says:

      I’m so glad you liked it!! 🙂

  2. Heather says:

    5 stars
    This was so so good!! My 2 year old is the pickiest eater and she had 2 helpings as well as leftovers the next day. She has only ever eaten chicken once or twice before in her life and she ate a TON of this! She will be 3 next month and am so excited to finally have a way to feed her chicken!! And the rest of us loved it too so thank you so much!! ❤️

    1. Miranda @ Salt & Lavender says:

      Aw you’re welcome, Heather!! That’s so wonderful that your little one enjoyed it too! 🙂

  3. AngelaML says:

    5 stars
    Hi Natasha,

    Made this tonight for this first time – it was delish!!! I have to dial back on the cheese heavy recipes for health recipes – know that so many of your recipes look so delicious to me and I know I would love the dish but just cannot make it now with my restrictions. My loss!

    This one is in “cheat” category and I’m glad I took a chance and made it. It was delicious and not too heavy at all! Very light! We all loved it!

    My subs: I added garlic powder to the chicken before dredging since it’s so tasty in so many of your other recipes we love. I upped the lemon juice, dijon and Italian seasoning for personal preference. Always substitute light cream for the heavy cream to get a good balance of taste vs health restrictions. Added a bag of baby spinach to get those extra veggies and a one pot meal – voila! Added some pasta water to help with thickening the sauce.

    Loved it and will definitely be making it regularly! Thank you so much for another great addition to our rotation! ❤️

    1. Natasha says:

      I’m so happy it was a hit, Angela! Thanks for your detailed review as always! XO

  4. CHRISTINE ROSENFELD says:

    5 stars
    Excellent recipe! I doubled the lemon, added some zest and diced asparagus just to make it “healthier”, 😄 and the family loved it! Would have been fine just as is though.

    1. Natasha says:

      So happy you enjoyed it!! 🙂