Amazing Italian Lemon Butter Chicken


About eight years ago, a dear Italian woman introduced me to this dish. She has since passed away and taken her recipes with her, as she had nothing written down. This is the closest of all my attempts to duplicate her lemon butter chicken recipe. It is delicious and easier to make than it looks.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
30 mins


Lemon Butter Sauce:

  • ¼ cup white wine

  • 5 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

  • 5 tablespoons heavy cream

  • 1 cup butter, chilled

  • salt and pepper to taste

Chicken and Pasta:

  • ½ pound dry farfalle (bow tie) pasta

  • 4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves - pounded to 1/4 inch thickness

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 tablespoon butter

  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour

  • salt and pepper to taste

  • 4 ounces bacon

  • 6 ounces mushrooms, sliced

  • 6 ounces artichoke hearts, drained and halved

  • 2 teaspoons capers, drained

  • chopped fresh parsley for garnish


  1. To make the sauce, pour wine and lemon juice into a saucepan over medium heat. Cook at a low boil until the liquid is reduced by 1/3. Stir in cream, and simmer until it thickens. Gradually add butter, 1 tablespoon at a time to the sauce, stirring until completely incorporated. Season with salt and pepper. Remove from heat, and keep warm.

  2. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to boil. Add pasta, and cook until al dente, about 8 to 10 minutes. Drain, and set aside.

  3. To make the chicken, heat oil and butter in a large skillet over medium heat. In a bowl, stir together flour, salt, and pepper. Lightly coat chicken with flour mixture. Without crowding, carefully place chicken in hot oil. If necessary, cook in batches. Fry until cooked through and golden brown on both sides. Remove chicken to paper towels. Stir bacon, mushrooms, artichokes, and capers into the pan; cook until mushrooms are soft.

  4. Cut chicken breasts into bite-size strips, and return them to the skillet. Stir 1/2 of the lemon butter sauce into the chicken mixture.

  5. To serve, place pasta in a large bowl. Stir the chicken mixture into the pasta. Taste, and adjust seasonings. Stir in additional lemon butter sauce as desired. Toss well, and garnish with parsley.

    close up view of Italian Lemon Butter Chicken with mushrooms and artichokes garnished with fresh herbs on a plate

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

660 Calories
45g Fat
37g Carbs
27g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 660
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 45g 58%
Saturated Fat 25g 127%
Cholesterol 155mg 52%
Sodium 660mg 29%
Total Carbohydrate 37g 14%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 27g
Vitamin C 13mg 67%
Calcium 41mg 3%
Iron 2mg 13%
Potassium 391mg 8%

* 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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