Chicken Broccoli Pasta with Lemon Butter Sauce

Chicken broccoli pasta gets kicked up a notch with a simple white wine ،er sauce bursting with fresh lemon flavor.

Forkful of chicken broccoli pasta with lemon ،er sauce.

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Whenever I travel out of town, I like to stock the fridge with plenty of food and ready-to-eat meals that my husband can easily reheat for the boys. When ،sting retreats and scouting new vacation s،s, I don’t want to worry about my boys surviving on fast food or snacks. I love whipping up a batch of my fast and easy Chicken Broccoli Pasta with Lemon Butter Sauce. Not only does it make an easily re-heatable dinner, but it’s also great for meal prepping lunches!


  • Penne: You could use bowtie or another small pasta type, but I love the bite sized length of penne and the small ridges help to catch the lemon ،er sauce.
  • Broccoli: A great source of vitamin C and fiber, a، many other nutrients, it has a sweeter taste when cooked.
  • Chicken: A lean source of protein that is affordable and accessible, chicken ،s cut to be the perfect bite-sized protein.
  • Red pepper flakes: Adds just a tiny kick of heat to the dish.
  • White wine: I love to use a sauvignon blanc to deglaze the pan and add a bit of a acidity to the sauce. You could also use a pinot grigio, or simply skip it and use chicken broth.
  • Butter: Melts down with the lemon juice to make a rich and slightly sweet sauce.
  • Lemon juice: Bright, acidic, citrusy flavor for the sauce.
  • Chicken broth: Adds robust, rich flavor to the sauce, and helps deglaze the pan if you don’t have wine.
  • Olive oil: Helps to evenly cook the chicken to a delicious golden brown.

How to Make Chicken Broccoli Pasta with Lemon Butter

Seasoning raw chicken

S، your chicken broccoli pasta with lemon ،er sauce by cutting your chicken ،s into cubes and season with some salt and pepper.

Cooking pasta in ،

Then bring a large ، of salted water to a boil and add the penne.

Adding broccoli to pasta water

During the last few minutes, add the broccoli to the same water as the pasta.

Cooked broccoli

This is my trick to save on dishes and get things cooked at the same time. Let the broccoli cook until bright green, then strain with the pasta.

Seasoning chicken cubes in pan

While the pasta is cooking, add the chicken to a pan with some olive oil and add the red chili flakes.

Cooked chicken

Cook over high heat until chicken is fully cooked and browned, then remove from pan and set aside.

Adding wine to pan

Next take your white wine or some chicken broth and use it to deglaze the pan, using a wooden s، to s،e up any bits stuck to the bottom.

Adding ،er to pan

Then add your ،er to the ،t pan and heat until fully melted.

Adding lemon juice to pan

Stir in your lemon juice.

Adding chicken broth

And finish with the chicken broth.

Adding cooked chicken to sauce

Add the cooked chicken back into the mix and give it a good mix.

Adding pasta and broccoli to sauce

Then add the cooked pasta and broccoli, and mix it all together until evenly coated in the sauce.

Chicken broccoli pasta with lemon ،er sauce.

Garnish with some parmesan cheese and additional pepper flakes before serving, and enjoy your Chicken Broccoli Pasta with Lemon Butter Sauce!

Easy Subs،utions

  • Swap the veggie. Don’t like broccoli? No problem, you can use asparagus, cauliflower, spinach, or green beans!
  • Change the protein. This dish would also taste great using shrimp instead of chicken.
  • Make it veget،. Increase the number of veggies in place of the chicken, or add a meat replacement like tofu to make this dish veget،.

Frequently asked questions

How do you keep chicken moist and flavorful?

You want to make sure you don’t overcook your chicken. Cooking your chicken quickly at a high heat helps to lock in the moisture and flavor. Marinating your chicken beforehand can also help.

What goes with chicken and broccoli?

Seeing as this is a pasta dish, it’s pretty balanced with a protein, vegetable, and w،le grain. But adding another veggie side like a salad or some garlic bread would taste great.

How do you store leftover chicken broccoli pasta?

Keep it in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Chicken broccoli pasta with lemon ،er sauce up close

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Balanced, tasty, and quick, my Chicken Broccoli Pasta with Lemon Butter Sauce is the perfect meal for the w،le family.

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Chicken broccoli pasta with lemon ،er sauce

Chicken Broccoli Pasta with Lemon Butter Sauce

Chicken broccoli pasta gets kicked up a notch with a simple, yet flavorful, white wine ،er sauce bursting with fresh lemon flavor.

PREP: 15 minutes

COOK: 20 minutes

TOTAL: 35 minutes

Servings: 6

  • 1 pound dry penne (regular or w،le wheat)
  • 8 cups broccoli florets
  • 20 ounces ،less skinless chicken ،s (cut into bite-sized pieces)
  • 1 teas، salt
  • ½ teas، red pepper flakes (or chili flakes)
  • ½ cup dry white wine
  • 2 tables،s ،er
  • 2 tables،s lemon juice
  • 1 cup chicken broth (low sodium)
  • 2 tables،s extra ، olive oil
  • Parmigiano Reggiano and fresh basil (optional garnish)
  • black pepper (optional add)
  • Bring a large ، of salty water to a boil and cook pasta al dente according to package directions.

  • Two minutes before the pasta is done cooking, add the broccoli to the same ، cooking the pasta.

  • Drain the pasta and broccoli and return to pan; set aside.

  • Heat a large s،et over medium heat (medium high) and add cooking spray. Sprinkle cubed chicken ،s with salt and pepper (optional) and red peper flakes. Add to pan and brown, 7-9 minutes. Remove chicken from pan and reserve.

  • Leaving the pan on medium-high, add white wine and use a wooden s، to deglaze the pan by s،ing up the browned bits from the bottom. Bring to a boil then reduce to simmer.

  • Add ،er to the pan and heat until melted. Stir in lemon juice and chicken broth then simmer for an additional minute or two.

  • Add reserved chicken and any juices formed back to the ، with the pasta and broccoli. Stir in lemon ،er sauce and toss well. Check for seasoning and adjust accordingly.

  • Stir in olive oil before dividing between 6 plates. Serve with plenty of Parmigiano cheese and fresh basil.

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Calories: 455kcalCarbohydrates: 51.1gProtein: 37.3gFat: 11.2gSaturated Fat: 3.1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 8.1gTrans Fat: 0gC،lesterol: 64mgSodium: 691mgFiber: 4.7gSugar: 2.1g