The beautiful weather is here to stay, and I know we are all looking for a dish to enjoy while sitting out on the porch, soaking in the sun. A vibrant recipe, this Creamy Lemon Chicken Pasta with Asparagus will bring smiles around the table. Sautéed asparagus and chicken are tossed with pasta and a zesty lemon cream sauce. It’s so simple to prepare and so satisfying all at the same time. Shout out to our Sharp Chef Michelle, blogger for Sunkissed Kitchen, for providing us with this yummy recipe made to perfection on the Sharp Induction Cooktop.
A Vibrant Pasta Recipe
A dreamy lemon cream sauce + asparagus + pasta = dinner perfection!
There’s so much to love in this lemon pasta dish. If you’ve never made a lemon cream sauce, you’re in for a wonderful surprise!
Make this soon, while asparagus is at its best! I love tossing this pasta with sautéed chicken as well but feel free to omit it if you’re looking for a vegetarian pasta dish.
Cream sauces are not difficult to make! If you’ve felt intimidated by them in the past, let that go, and dive in with this delicious pasta recipe. It’s as simple as sautéing a few ingredients together with a thickener and then adding the cream in, bringing it to a low simmer. Toss with cooked pasta and sautéed asparagus and chicken, and an impressive, family-friendly dinner is ready in 30 minutes!
What You’ll Need
- Pasta (I use gluten-free shells and orecchiette in the photos, but use whatever pasta you love!)
- Chicken (boneless breasts or thighs work here!)
- Olive Oil
- Salt and Pepper
Creamy Lemon Sauce
- Pastured Butter
- Arrowroot (or use regular flour, if not gluten-free)
- Lemon Juice & Lemon Zest
- Chicken Stock (or use vegetable broth)
- Pastured Heavy Whipping Cream
- Parmesan Cheese
- Salt and Pepper
Mastering the Dinner Game
Dinnertime is a great way to bring the family together. I love this part of the day when I get to slow down and take care of the ones I love. Mastering some family favorites is a great way to remove some of the stress of getting dinner on the table every night.
This recipe comes together in less than 30 minutes! The sauce is made with simple ingredients that are simple to have on hand, and the variations are endless (see notes on how to mix up this creamy lemon chicken pasta)!
Another pro tip: My Sharp Induction Cooktop allows me to cook meals perfectly, even if I am distracted by my son’s spelling homework or trying to work on loads of laundry at the same time.
The Power Boost brings water to a boil in no longer than a few minutes, meaning I can toss the pasta in much faster. I love setting the burners to the exact temperature I know food cooks the best. I use level 4 to cook things slowly, so if I step out of the kitchen for a few minutes, the chicken won’t burn or overcook.
The simmer enhancer feature is perfect for recipes with creamy sauces! I set the burner to level 3 to bring the sauce to a low simmer, and short pulses of heat are sent through my cookware. The sauces simmer gently without burning.
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How to Make a Creamy Lemon Pasta
Step 1: On your Sharp Cooktop, boil the pasta per package directions. Reserve 1/2 cup of the pasta water, and then drain the pasta. Set aside until the rest of the pasta recipe is ready.
Step 2: In a skillet, add olive oil and chicken, and season generously with salt and pepper. Brown the chicken on both sides, and cook for about 10 minutes until cooked through.
Step 3: Add the asparagus, and continue to saute along with the chicken until softened, for about 5 minutes.
Step 4: Set the chicken and asparagus aside. In the pan, add butter, garlic, and arrowroot. Allow the butter to melt and stir into a thickened sauce.
Step 5: Add the chicken broth, lemon juice, heavy whipping cream, and parmesan cheese into the skillet. Stir until smooth and bring to a low simmer. Continue simmering for about 2 minutes until the cheese has melted and the sauce is very smooth.
Step 6: Add the drained pasta, chicken, and asparagus into the skillet with the sauce, and toss to combine. Use the reserved pasta water
Step 7: Garnish pasta with parmesan cheese, red chili flakes, or chopped parsley, as desired.
How to Store and Reheat Pasta
Store in the refrigerator in an air-tight container for up to 3 days.
To reheat, add to a sauce pot along with 1/4 cup of water over medium heat. Stir to thin the sauce as the pasta reheats.
- Make this Vegetarian: Omit the chicken and use vegetable broth in the cream sauce.
- Make this Gluten-Free: Use your favorite gluten-free pasta, or even zoodles, to complete this dish.
Mix up the Veggies: Instead of the asparagus, use small pieces of broccoli, cauliflower, zucchini, bell peppers, or spinach. Whatever veggies are in season will work here!