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Butter Garlic Chicken Pasta (One Pot)

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Quick and easy lemon garlic chicken pasta recipe, homemade with simple ingredients in one pot in 30 minutes on stovetop. It’s creamy, cheesy and packed with butter and lemon.

Creamy Garlic Chicken Pasta in Black Nonstick Pot.

Weeknights are hectic in our household and this meal is constantly in our meal plan along with this Garlic Lemon Pasta. Now, I typically make this with garlic butter sauce but today’s version is so much easier and faster. There was barely any mess to clean up afterwards. Best of all, everyone in the family approves of this and some even ask for second servings. For more dinner time inspiration, be sure to check out my Pasta Recipes.

Key ingredients

  • Oil– Used for sauteing.
  • Chicken– I like to use boneless cut into cubes.
  • Italian seasoning– This brings all the best spices rolled into one.
  • Salt– Add as needed to prevent pasta from being too salty.
  • Pepper– Per preference, depending on what spice level you like.
  • Butter– Use unsalted for best results.
  • Garlic– Adds a nice, bold flavor.
  • Ginger– Brings in a great aroma and combines well with garlic.
  • Lemon juice- Adds a nice tangy kick, but not too bold.
  • Lemon zest- Compliments the garlic flavor and adds to the juice.
  • Water– You can also use half chicken broth and half water.
  • Spaghetti noodles- Be sure they are uncooked.
  • Cream cheese- Use full fat for the best flavor.
  • Parmesan cheese- To bring in some of that wonderful cheesy taste.
  • Cilantro or parsley- Chopped for garnishing.

How to make easy one pot butter garlic chicken pasta recipe from scratch?

  1. Cook chicken– In oil until golden brown.
  2. Add butter and saute- The ginger, garlic, Italian seasoning.
  3. Pour in- Water, lemon juice, and lemon zest.
  4. Add spaghetti noodles- And cook until al dente.
  5. Toss in cheese– And stir until fully melted and combined with pasta.
  6. Garnish– With fresh herbs and enjoy!

What to serve with creamy garlic chicken pasta?

Tongs Full of Creamy Garlic Pasta- Closeup Shot.


Add vegetables- Such as broccoli, spinach, kale, asparagus, peppers, sun dried tomatoes, or even us frozen vegetables for an easier version. To enhance the flavor of your vegetables, you can roast them, like I did in this Roasted Cauliflower Steak. With all this added goodness, this may start to look more like my Instant Pot Vegetable Pasta.

Add meat- Such as Proscuitto, steak strips, or cubes of ham. If you are a fan of meatballs, you can also add those, but I just want to add that I also like these Cocktail Meatballs and Grape Jelly Meatballs just to snack on.

Use various types of chicken- Including canned, whole, baked, grilled, roasted or rotisserie. You can also use leftovers from previous meals like Instant Pot Whole Chicken (Rotisserie Chicken)Oven Baked Spatchcock Chicken (One Pan), or Easy Instant Pot Shredded Chicken.

Tomato sauce- Can be added for a new flavor much like my Spaghetti and Meatballs.

Use various herbs and spices- Such as Basil, Rosemary, or Oregano.

Make it cheesier- By trying a three cheese blend, such as Mozzarella, Monterey Jack, and Cheddar. You could even use Cheddar Cheese Sauce.

Substitute other noodles- Instead of spaghetti, try Penne, Fettuccine, Rigatoni, or Farfalle.

Bake it- Mix together the cooked noodles, cooked garlic, chicken, cream cheese, and mozzarella cheese in a greased 9×13 pan. Cover it with foil and bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees. Take it a step further and add breadcrumbs and broil until browned in the last 5 minutes without foil until crispy and golden brown.

Make it creamier- Mix in 2-3 tbsp heavy cream at the end. If you like your pasta extra creamy, I suggest trying my Creamy Mushroom Pasta as well.

Use roasted garlic– In this recipe to really enhance the garlic flavor.

Turn this into a pasta salad- You can prepare the chicken in this recipe, as explained below, and then mix it with boiled bow tie pasta and lots of cheese and lemon juice.

Healthy version- Reduce the amount of butter and use fat free cream cheese and low fat parmesan cheese. You can even take it a step further and use Zucchini Noodles instead of spaghetti.

Tips and Techniques

If the pasta is not cooked through and looks dry– Add a little more water and cook for a bit longer.

Don’t overcook the past either- Becauase then it becomes mushy and slimy.

Use half low sodium chicken broth and half water– To enhance the flavor even further.

Use unsalted butter– Instead of salted butter or else the pasta can become very salty.

Make sure to use a nonstick pan/skillet– So that there is no sticky mess.

Don’t omit the lemon zest or lemon juice– Because it adds so much flavor and tastes very bland without it.

Be careful when sauteing garlic and ginger– Because you need to keep a close eye on them to prevent burning.

Fork Full of Butter Pasta With Chicken Over a White Dish.

Recipe FAQs

Why is my pasta dry, chewy and tough?

You need to add in more water and cook a little longer.

Why is my pasta watery and slimy?

You likely overcooked your pasta and possibly added too much water. This is not an easy thing to come back from, but you can saute your noodles in a frying pan with a little bit of olive oil to get them to a better texture. It won’t be quite the same, though.

Can I replace fresh garlic with garlic powder?

Yes, though I much prefer the fresh. However, you can use 1/8-1/4 tsp of garlic powder per garlic clove.


  • Refrigerate– This can be kept in a sealed container for up to 2 days.
  • Freeze– I don’t recommend freezing this, because the noodles can become soggy and start to disintegrate when reheated again.
  • Reheat– Microwave or place in a pot over the stove.
  • Make ahead– You can make this dish and store it in the fridge in a sealed container for up to 2 days before serving. Microwave or place in a pot over the stove to reheat.

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One Pot Garlic Chicken Pasta

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Quick and easy garlic chicken pasta that’s made in just 30 minutes in 1 pot on stovetop, using simple ingredients. It’s creamy, cheesy and packed with flavor.
Yield: 5 Servings



  • In a non-stick pan, heat oil on medium heat.
  • Add chicken, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper.
  • Cook until chicken is golden brown.
  • Add butter, ginger and garlic and cook on medium heat until fragrant. (Make sure not to burn the garlic and ginger).
  • Add lemon juice, lemon zest, additional salt and pepper (if necessary), water and mix everything together. 
  • Add spaghetti and mix again. 
  • Cook without lid on medium heat until the water is almost evaporated. Make sure to stir often or else the pasta might stick to the pan.
  • When pasta is almost cooked, add cream cheese and mix together. 
  • Remove pan from the heat and sprinkle parmesan cheese on top. 
  • Garnish with cilantro/ parsley and some lemon slices. Enjoy!


  • If using broth, make sure it’s low sodium. 
  • Use unsalted butter. 
  • Be careful when sauteing garlic and ginger and keep a close eye to prevent them from burning. 
  • Cook in a nonstick pot to prevent burning and sticking. 
  • If the pasta is not cooked through, add a little more water and cook for a bit longer.
  • Leftovers can be stored in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 2 days and can be reheated in the microwave. 
  • Read additional tips and variations above.


Calories: 775kcal, Carbohydrates: 71g, Protein: 32g, Fat: 39g, Saturated Fat: 15g, Cholesterol: 121mg, Sodium: 340mg, Potassium: 430mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 3g, Vitamin A: 785IU, Vitamin C: 6.4mg, Calcium: 161mg, Iron: 2.6mg
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Italian
Calories: 775
Author: Abeer

17 comments on “Butter Garlic Chicken Pasta (One Pot)”

  1. Looks so good!! My husband would love this! Love one pot meals!

  2. Nothing beats a one pot meal! This one tops the list 🙂

  3. A one pot meal that my whole family will enjoy!

  4. This will be a huge hit in my house! Looks really delicious!

  5. I love how easy this recipe is to make and to customize! I am totally trying this with broccoli!

  6. Get in my belly! This looks so good.

  7. Made this tonight for dinner. WOW very tasty. Next time I think I will try Shrimp instead of chicken for the vegetarian in the family. Definitely a keeper.

  8. Absolutely loved it! Tastes great and super simple to make. I added a bit more lemon and lemon zest to mine. 

  9. So easy and delicious! I sautéed some zucchini and squash in another pan and mixed it in (didn’t mix it in with all of it because not all my kids are fans of zucchini). Whole family loved it.

  10. Great recipe! I made grilled asparagus for a side with olive oil, lemon and minced garlic. So good. This is a recipe that can be tweeked pretty much any way you want! I like the cream cheese instead of using cream of chicken. Thanks for your recipe!

  11. One pot uncooked pasta recipes scare me, after a crockpot pasta recipe was a mega fail in my house when the pasta was gummy and not cooked. Nevertheless, I stumbled upon this while looking for an easy recipe with not many items in the house. Hubby is usually a red sauce fan with pasta, but we didn’t have it, so here we are. I tried this with a couple tweaks: I only had bone in chicken thighs, so I roasted those in the oven due to not feeling like deboning chicken. Second, I added in peas during the boiling phase, as well as red pepper flakes during the garlic cook to help them bloom. Besides that and cutting the recipe down a bit, I stuck to it for the most part.

    Result: I noticed I did have to add additional water towards the end, and cook it for a bit longer. No worries. I also didn’t want it to be watery, so I wasn’t sure what “almost” all of it being evaporated is supposed to look like, so I waited a bit longer than I thought that point was before adding the cheeses.

    It tasted…Fine. Mostly cream cheese is what I got out of it. That and garlic, which I was hoping for when I measured it with my heart. Almost alfredo-like? But It was an easy meal that did the job.

    • Thank you for sharing your detailed feedback. I am glad the recipe didn’t disappoint. You can add different spices for a different flavor profile next time.

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