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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


  • 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


  • 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). 


  • 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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  1. EMG says:

    5 stars
    Awesoooooome!!! Tasty, juicy, filling and some, you name it. I tripled the recipe so we can have it for a few days. Everybody in my family loved it. Thank you.

    1. Natasha says:

      I’m so happy you all liked it! 🙂 Thanks for leaving me a review!

  2. PRAinAZ says:

    5 stars
    Fed it to my group of 5 adults, and there was plenty, and a few had second helpings. We all thought it delightful. I followed the instructions exactly, though used rotini noodles. Added a little more lemon juice and some pasta water, as it thickened up quickly. It’s a pleasant mild flavor overall, I think kids would enjoy it.

    1. Natasha says:

      I’m so happy that it was a hit! Thanks for letting me know! XO

  3. Arielle says:

    2 stars
    The recipe is awesome but the order of doing things is exceedingly dumb. I wish I had made the chicken separately and never added it to the sauce bc it ruined the chicken crust obtained through dredging. Btw dredging means coating in flower (I had to look it up). Additionally the chicken soaked up.all the sauce for the pasta.
    In short, delicious recipe, poorly thought out execution.

  4. Samantha says:

    5 stars
    Perfection! I’m typing this as I stuff my face with this! Thank you!

    1. Natasha says:

      Haha that’s what I like to hear! 🙂

  5. Jill says:

    4 stars
    Loved this recipe but found it needed a bit more thickening and more liquid in general. I upped the chicken stock and cream and added some more white wine. If I had put all the garlic in I think it would have been overpowering. Will definitely be having this recipe again.

    1. Natasha says:

      So glad you enjoyed it, Jill!

  6. Laurie says:

    5 stars
    Made this for supper tonight and it was awesome!! This will be my new go to sauce recipe it is so easy. Yum 😊

    1. Natasha says:

      I’m so happy to hear that!! Thanks for letting me know!

  7. Annie says:

    5 stars
    OMG….. this recipe absolutely SO GOOD. I can’t wait make it again sometime for dinner…. This Alfredo recipe is so tasty that my little cousin whose picky eater ate it and she loves it.
    I really like this recipe I might try with shrimp…

    1. Natasha says:

      I’m so happy that you liked it, Annie! Thanks so much for leaving me a comment!

    2. Kanwal says:

      Is there a video for this recipe

      1. Natasha says:

        Sorry – not for this one!

  8. Beth Flickinger says:

    I can’t wait to make this! My family loves every recipe I have made of your’s, and this will elevate my Alfredo big time!!!!

    1. Natasha says:

      Aww that’s so nice to hear! Hope you like it, Beth 🙂

    2. Therman Crist Booze says:

      What’s pasta water?

      1. Natasha says:

        The boiling water that the pasta is cooked in.

  9. Sarah says:

    5 stars
    Holy moly!!! I stumbled on this and your blog last night, and I couldn’t wait!! I made this for dinner tonight, and wow! It was so easy, so flavorful, and all around amazing!!!

    I think this is going into my regular rotation, I’m never using jarred again!!
    Thank you!!

    1. Natasha says:

      Yay!! I’m so pleased you liked it, Sarah!! Thanks for letting me know.

  10. Ben Myhre says:

    This absolutely looks like my kind of meal. Comforting, cheese, and tasty are all words that describe how I feel about how this looks.

    1. Natasha says:

      Aw thanks!