Lemon-Asparagus Spaghetti with Basil Chicken


My version of lemon-asparagus spaghetti served with chicken and pesto.

Spaghetti with chicken and asparagus topped with cheese on blue and white striped cloth
Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
35 mins
4 servings


  • ½ (16 ounce) package spaghetti

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided

  • 4 (5 ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breast halves

  • ¼ cup basil pesto, or to taste

  • 1 bunch asparagus, cut into 2-inch pieces

  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped

  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes

  • ½ medium lemon, juiced

  • 1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste


  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook spaghetti in the boiling water, stirring occasionally, until tender yet firm to the bite, about 12 minutes. Drain, reserving some pasta water.

  2. While spaghetti is cooking, heat 1 tablespoon oil in a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken and cook until browned, about 5 minutes. Flip, add a dollop of pesto to each breast, and continue to cook, flipping as needed, until no longer pink in the centers, 7 to 10 minutes more. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 165 degrees F (74 degrees C).

  3. Heat remaining oil in a separate pan over medium heat. Add asparagus and cook for 1 to 3 minutes, depending how tender you like it. Add garlic, pepper flakes, and lemon juice; cook for 1 minute. Add cooked spaghetti, a dollop of pesto, and Parmesan cheese; stir until cheese melts. Add a tablespoon of the reserved pasta water if cheese begins to stick to the pan.

  4. Chop chicken and add on top of spaghetti. Season with salt and pepper.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

616 Calories
24g Fat
51g Carbs
50g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 616
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 24g 31%
Saturated Fat 8g 38%
Cholesterol 100mg 33%
Sodium 535mg 23%
Total Carbohydrate 51g 18%
Dietary Fiber 5g 19%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 50g
Vitamin C 19mg 93%
Calcium 428mg 33%
Iron 6mg 34%
Potassium 707mg 15%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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