Lemony Chicken and Spinach Pasta

Whew, I don’t know about you guys, but I am SO glad to have today off. I definitely needed an extra day this weekend to get things done around the house, do some work, and catch up on some of the sleep I lost over the last two weeks while I battled the plague! I am finally feeling mostly better, but I still have a bad cough and my asthma has really been acting up. And the fact that is is cold here certainly doesn’t help! I’m hoping that I will have kicked this cough before I have to fly back to Cali later this week!

So, this pasta. Remember last week how I complained about how crazy crowded my grocery store always is? Yeah, well, my original plan for this pasta was to use chicken sausage and kale. However, due to the madness at the grocery store, they were out of both the sausage and the kale!! What the heck?!! So, I had to change things up. I sauteed some chicken and used spinach instead which worked really well in this dish, but you could easily swap out the chicken for any sausage or even fish. And as for the veggies, I just used spinach, but this would be great with any combo of spinach, mushrooms, tomatoes, sundried tomatoes, kale, etc.! So many possibilities! And you all know my love for lemon, so this pasta was a winner in my book!

Lemony Chicken and Spinach Pasta

Serves 3-4


– 1/2 lb. pasta (I used Dreamfield’s penne to keep the carbs down)

– 1/4 cup chopped onion

– 2-3 garlic cloves, minced

– 3/4 cup skim milk

– 1/2 cup chicken broth

– 1 tbs. flour

– 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, shredded

– 1 tbs. extra virgin olive oil

– 1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes

– 2 lemons

– 3 cups fresh spinach

– 1 lb. cooked chicken, diced or sliced into thin strips*

– salt and pepper to taste


1. In a pot, cook pasta according the the package instructions. While pasta is cooking, heat the olive oil in a medium saute pan on medium heat. Add the onion and cook for about 1-2 minutes until translucent. Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Add the flour and toss to coat all of the onion and garlic.

2. Add the broth, milk, juice of one lemon, 1/4 cup of the Parmesan cheese. Stir until well-mixed. Add the spinach and chicken. The sauce should thicken. Remove the pasta from the water, drain, and then add to the pan with the sauce and chicken. Toss to coat. Add the zest of one lemon, red pepper flakes, and salt and pepper to taste.

3. Transfer the pasta to a serving bowl. Sprinkle the remaining 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese and serve with additional lemon wedges (I squeezed even more lemon juice on top of mine!)

– You can cook your chicken however you would like to cook it. I made my Lemon Balsamic Chicken to use for this recipe!



  1. It’s 9:30 in the morning here and all I’ve had is coffee, but this is making me sooo hungry! I love how creamy it looks without cream! I love lemony pastas too. And I feel your pain about the store being out of the ingredients you want!!!!!!

  2. This looks amazing! I hope you enjoy the day off (and I got a chuckle over the grocery store post….) I LOVE the idea of lemon in this dish!

  3. Somehow how much I try, I can count the number of times I eat pasta. You know I am a hard core rice person. Having said that, I will love the lemony chicken and do away with the paste and enjoy it with rice.

  4. Nice recipe! I really like the pasta in this. Yum.

  5. I think lemon just brightens any dish!! I love your substitutions. Sometimes substitutions make even a better dish. :) Glad you’re feeling better.. hope you’re 100% before your trip to Cali! Have a great week!! ~ Ramona

  6. I’ve been on the lookout for a new pasta recipe and this is perfect! I personally prefer chicken over sausage anyway so I’ll definitely have to try this! :)

  7. I still have the Lemon Balsamic recipe to make and I am glad you found another way to use the chicken. Now I will need to make a decision which one to make! The pasta recipe does look like it makes for a more rounded meal, so I am saving this. That last picture sure does tempt-yum!.

  8. This sounds like my kind of pasta. Lemon and spinach go together so well!

  9. This looks delicious Steph! Glad you’re feeling better and were up to making this delicious dish! Next time you go to the store however, wear battle armor :-P

  10. Mmm, this looks perfect – just the right amount of sauce, and the lemon should make this such a vibrant dish. I’d love to give this a try :)

  11. That looks fabulous! I love chicken pasta, so yummy!

  12. This looks lovely and light and fresh–delicious!

  13. Either with spinach and chicken or sausage and kale, this is one yummy pasta dish! Thanks for sharing. And I love a short week, too :)

  14. Lemon + Chicken + Spinach + Pasta = GoodEats..a great combination and I do enjoy eating penne too..Could just scoop up with the spoon and I know it will not stop, and probably I might go for second helping. ;p.. I can’t wait to make this as I still have another packet of penne in the pantry.. Have a great week Stephanie!! Huggssss..

  15. simple healthy pasta dish,great combination ingredients,glad you feel much better !

  16. This looks like a great pasta dish; even if it was supposed to be different!!

  17. Mmm sounds like a light but flavorful dinner! I hate when the grocery store is crowded. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve considered running people over with my shopping cart…

  18. You have me drooling just thinking about that chicken, especially with a bunch of mushrooms and sun dried tomatoes added in.

  19. Love the combination of all the ingredients, this pasta must be delicious!

  20. This looks delicious! I love lemon and chicken together. Its so simple yet tastes like you put a lot of effort in!

  21. Lemon and chicken is a heavenly combination and I love the wilted spinach in this dish… Glad you enjoyed your day off… so nice to get caught up.

  22. This looks absolutely delish!!! I love pasta with chicken, spinach and a splash of lemon. What lovely flavors you’ve added to compliment the main ingredients. Thanks for sharing!

  23. Stephanie…glad you had a great day off and hope you are feeling back to normal soon! It looks like you put the day to good use with this scrumptious pasta! I love the lemony quality and I bet it really paired well with the spinach and chicken! What a great pasta and you are right…lots of great variations here! : )

  24. This pasta will go to my weekday dinner recipe box. It sounds delicious and so easy to make. My kids will enjoy it too. Thanks for sharing!

  25. I made this tonight and it turned out fantastic! It was easy to make and the sauce was very light and refreshing…how’s it get any better than that? Thanks for sharing! :)

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