Easy Grilled Chicken Lemon Spaghetti

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From the juicy grilled chicken to the tart citrus kick of the lemon zest, this summery lemon spaghetti will have everyone asking for seconds.

Grilled Chicken Lemon Spaghetti

Juicy, lemon-infused grilled chicken strips and creamy al dente linguine noodles combine to create a deliciously memorable meal. This easy yet flavorful dish will please even the pickiest eaters.

This tasty dish combines grilled chicken, spaghetti noodles, salty Parmesan cheese, fresh herbs, and lemon zest. Its bright colors look incredibly good, and its flavor explodes in your mouth when you take that first bite.

From the juicy grilled chicken to the tart citrus kick of the lemon zest, this summery pasta recipe will have everyone asking for seconds.

  • Prep: 5
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Servings: 4

Grilled Chicken Pasta Ingredients

  • Juice from 6 lemons (approximately 1 cup)
  • Grated Zest from 2 lemons
  • 1 pound chicken breasts
  • ½ cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • Pound spaghetti
  • cup julienned fresh basil leaves (stack leaves, roll up length-wise, and slice into thin strips)
  • Chopped toasted pistachios for serving
  • Grated Parmesan or Asiago Cheese, approximately ¾ cup
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (Optional for a little added heat.)
Grilled Chicken Lemon Spaghetti ingredients

Equipment Needed

  • Grill (I like the Blackstone Tailgater Grill)
  • Large pot
  • Large bowl
  • Zester
  • Measuring cup

How to Make Lemon Pasta with Grilled Chicken

  1. Start the grill and set it to high.
  2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil for the pasta. Once boiling, add ¼ cup of salt to the water.
  3. Add spaghetti to the boiling water and cook to al dente (see instructions on spaghetti box.)
  1. Salt and pepper both sides of each chicken breast and place on the grill.
chicken on a grill
  1. Close the lid and turn the heat down to medium/high. Cook until the inside temperature reaches 165 degrees.
chicken on a grill
  1. Remove from heat and allow to sit while finishing the remainder of the prep work.
grilled chicken
  1. In a large bowl, add the zest, freshly squeezed juice, and olive oil and whisk to combine.
squeezing a lemon
  1. Season with salt and black pepper until you’ve reached the desired taste. 
  2. Once the spaghetti has finished cooking, take a coffee mug and scoop about ½ cup of the starchy water before draining; set aside.
  3. Drain the spaghetti well and add it to the large bowl with the lemon juice concoction.
  4. Add ¾ of the julienned basil and grated cheese to the spaghetti and starchy water. Toss to combine. 
  5. Adjust seasoning as needed.
  6. Divide evenly into 4 large bowls and add chopped pistachios, extra basil, extra cheese, and red pepper flakes as desired.
Grilled Chicken Lemon Spaghetti
Grilled Chicken Lemon Spaghetti


Grilled Chicken Lemon Spaghetti

What to Serve With Lemon Pasta

Garlic bread is perfect for dipping in the Alfredo sauce and is the number one chicken Alfredo side dish.

Green beans casserole bites (an easy side dish) – Individual Green Bean Casserole Bites are a twist on the traditional casserole dish and are another favorite one-pot meal with an amazing flavor. The individual servings make it perfect for any size gathering.

Green Vegetables such as Green beans or Asparagus is an easy alfredo pasta sides. Crisp, tender, and sweet asparagus, perfect every time!

Homemade Breadsticks with Butter and Garlic. These soft breadsticks use butter and are perfect as a side dish for dinner served with pasta, soup or salad.

If you want to keep it on the lighter side, you can serve it with any type of fresh salads.

Grilled Chicken Lemon Spaghetti

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