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Creamy Lemon Chicken Pasta

Light, lemony, gluten-free, and ready in 30 minutes! While similar to its sister dish, Lemon Mushroom Chicken Pasta, this version has a creamier sauce since it's made with cream cheese instead of ricotta. So, if you like a dish that's creamy, dreamy, and perfect for an easy weeknight dinner, then you have found it!

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1 (12 oz) box gluten-free penne pasta (I use Jovial)

1/4 cup pasta water, reserved from cooked pasta

2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil

4 chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces

1 (8 oz) container sliced white mushrooms, rinsed and roughly chopped

1 tsp fresh garlic, minced

1 (8 oz) container cream cheese (I use dairy-free Kite Hill)

1 cup parmesan, freshly grated off the block (more for garnish)

1/4 cup lemon juice (more for serving)

1 Tbsp freshly grated lemon zest, more for garnish

3/4 cup chicken broth (I use Kettle & Fire)

2 cups baby arugula

Salt, to taste

Fresh black pepper, to taste

Red pepper flakes, for garnish


-Cook pasta until al dente. Reserve 1/4 cup pasta water for later, then drain pasta, but do not rinse.

-Lightly season chicken with salt and pepper.

-While pasta cooks, heat olive oil in a deep skillet over medium high heat.

-Sauté chicken for 3-5 mins per side.

-Once golden brown and cooked through, set chicken aside.

-Turn heat to medium, and sauté mushrooms in the same skillet for 4-5 minutes, until tender.

-Add in garlic, and cook until fragrant, about 30 sec. Set aside.

-In the same skillet, add 1/2 reserved pasta water, cream cheese, parmesan, lemon juice, and lemon zest. Stir to melt cheese, and mix until it becomes a sauce.

-Add broth and stir to mix with sauce.

-Add salt and pepper to taste.

-Add pasta into skillet with sauce. Stir to fully coat.

-Add more pasta water, if needed, or to reach desired consistency.

-Add in arugula, mushrooms, and chicken. Stir to fully integrate and coat.

-Top with red pepper flakes, parmesan, lemon zest, a squeeze of lemon.


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