Lightened Up Lemon Broccoli Chicken Pasta

Quick and healthy Lemon Broccoli Chicken Pasta. Fresh spring flavors of broccoli florets, garlic, lemon juice and zest with sauteed chicken and whole-wheat pasta.

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Within this post you’ll make a lightened up chicken pasta that full of fresh flavor. Plus you’ll learn the skinny on whole wheat pasta…pun intended.

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Triple lemon. Yep we’re going all out with this Lightened Up Lemon Broccoli Chicken Pasta recipe. With spring in full effect and summer closing in, I’m focusing on fresh, light and healthy recipes. Seasonal produce brings new ingredient themes and inspiration, and lemon broccoli is an ideal pairing of rich flavors that fit a better for you lifestyle.

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How do I pack so much lemon flavor in there your ask? To start, chicken breast pieces are sauteed in light olive oil with lemon pepper seasoning and fresh minced garlic. Then fresh (ideally organic) broccoli florets are cooked just a moment and kept tender and crisp. Lemon juice and fresh lemon zest is added as the final punch to this fresh lightened up lemon broccoli chicken pasta.

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It wouldn’t be pasta without some sort of noodles. I’m all for balanced nutrients, which includes whole-wheat and complex carbs. Barilla Whole Grain Thin Spaghetti, cooked al dente, is a perfect choice as the base for this healthy recipe. Made simply from 100% whole wheat, it’s full of flavor without any unwanted ingredients. Look for their ProteinPlus, Veggie, or Gluten Free varieties as well. Plus buy any 3 select varieties and earn $1 with this Ibotta coupon.

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Top with a bit of fresh grated Parmesan cheese for simple meal ready in less than 30 minutes. The textures, flavors and aromas will have you smiling as you’re transported by the the sensation of a cool summer breeze and fresh lemon scent. On that note, this Lemon Broccoli Chicken works as cold pasta salad and packs well for a unique picnic or potluck dish.

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Cooking Tips: Is whole-wheat pasta good for you and what’s it made of?

In my opinion, absolutely! 100% whole-grain pasta includes all three layers of the wheat kernel: the bran, the germ and the endosperm. Because it is not refined, it includes valuable fiber and nutrients. Enjoy as part of a balanced meal, plus extra fiber has the added benefit of making you feel full longer. If you require gluten-free, there’s alternatives, including corn, rice and oat based pastas. Barilla has plenty of gluten-free varieties to chose from.

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Lightened Up Lemon Broccoli Chicken Pasta

Lemon Broccoli Chicken Pasta recipe at-a-glance:

Difficulty: Easy
Flavor profiles: Fresh, vibrant flavors or lemon and garlic paired with savory chicken and broccoli
Texture: Crisp, crunchy broccoli with tender chicken and al denta whole wheat pasta
Dietary options/substitutions: For GF use Barilla gluten-free pasta

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Lightened Up Lemon Broccoli Chicken Pasta

Broccoli florets, lemon juice and zest with garlic, chicken and whole-wheat pasta.
Course Pasta
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 450 kcal
Author Plating Pixels


  • 1 (13.25-ounce) package Barilla Whole Grain Spaghetti
  • 6 tablespoons light olive oil divided (not extra-virgin)
  • 3-4 chicken breasts boneless, skinless
  • 1 tablespoon lemon pepper seasoning
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 3 cups small broccoli florets
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons fresh grated lemon zest
  • Parmesan cheese as garnish


  1. Cook desired amount of pasta according to package directions; I used half a package. Cook al dente (firm), remove from heat and drain. Stir in 2-tbs olive oil to prevent sticking.
  2. Meanwhile: Cut chicken into ½-inch cubes and toss with lemon pepper seasoning. Heat 2-tbs olive oil in a large pan or skillet to medium-high heat. Add chicken pieces and cook 5-7 minutes, stirring often until opaque and mostly cooked. Turn heat to high and add garlic, saute 3-4 minutes more to lightly brown chicken. Remove chicken from pan.

  3. Heat remaining olive oil in pan. Add broccoli and saute 3-4 minutes. Do not over-cook as broccoli should be crisp.
  4. Remove from heat and stir in lemon juice, lemon zest, cooked chicken and pasta. Serve with Parmesan as garnish.

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38 Responses

  1. This plate looks amazing! I love lemon so much I can’t wait to try this recipe 🙂

  2. You had me sold at “triple lemon!”

  3. This looks so good and even though I’m not a fan of lemons in food, this is intriguing. I might have to give this one a try. Looks super yummy.

  4. Stephanie C. says:

    This looks so delicious – and perfect for spring.I absolutely love lemon chicken and on broccoli, so I can imagine how tasty this dish is. ! I am definitely trying this both hot and cold! #client

  5. Karen Grosz says:

    Don’t be afraid of healthy fats. May I suggest you use coconut oil or avocado oil instead of olive oil since olive oil has a very low smoke point. This looks yummy. I would put it over a bed of spiralized zucchine.

    • Matthew says:

      Thanks for the suggestion Karen! Those are great options, but as long as you use light olive oil as called for in the recipe you’ll be fine. It has a much higher smoke point than coconut oil, almost 500 degrees.

  6. Leah says:

    This sounds fantastic! I always love the combo of lemon and chicken together!

  7. Looks delicious. I’ll have to pin for later.

  8. I love how fresh and light this recipe is. This is a perfect Spring Dinner when eating Al Fresco!

  9. This looks like such a perfect Spring meal! I love lemon & chicken together. Pinning for later

  10. klauss says:

    Great! Please tell me can i use tagliatelle, or there is a thin paste should be?

    • Matthew says:

      Sure Klauss, you could use another style of pasta. I like the thin style for this since it doesn’t overpower the crunch of broccoli and other textures. Thanks!

  11. candy says:

    I love cooking and baking with lemon this pasta dish sounds delicious.

  12. Ruthie says:

    The perfect spring recipe! I am a sucker for pasta! Looks delicious!!

  13. Ruthie says:

    The perfect spring recipe! I am a sucker for pasta! Looks delicious!!

  14. Debs says:

    This looks so delicious. I can’t wait to try the recipe.

  15. Jenn says:

    Sounds like a perfectly delicious dinner! I love how simple it is and I love how fast you can have it prepared! Thanks for sharing.

  16. Cathy M says:

    I’ve been looking for yummy and lighter pasta recipes to try, so this one looks absolutely perfect! Can’t wait to try it out!!

  17. I pinned this so I can try it soon. It looks so good!!

  18. Putting this on the menu this week. Thanks for sharing!

  19. Angie says:

    That looks absolutely delicious! 😀 Mmmmmm.

  20. Michele says:

    I’m sorry but I don’t see in the instructions when you are supposed to add the lemon pepper. Is that supposed to be obvious? (I’m a terrible cook!) thanks for clarifying!!

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