Mels Kitchen Cafe: One of my favorite pasta dishes ever, this Beach Street lemon chicken pasta is amazing! It’s a simple recipe that comes together fast with incredible flavor!


Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Servings 6 people



  • 1 lb linguine, spaghetti or fettuccine
  • 2 TB olive oil
  • 1 tsp.  fresh lemon zest (from 1 medium lemon
  • 3 TB  fresh lemon juice (from 1-2 medium lemons)
  • 2 – 3  finely chopped (white and green parts)
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  •  Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 – 1 cup 1/2 to 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese


  • 1/2 Cup olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed or finely minced
  • 2 TB  brown sugar
  • 1 TB Cajun seasoning (see note)
  • 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice (from about 2-3 medium lemons)
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 1/4 cup  soy sauce
  • 1 – 1 1/2 lbs. chicken breasts, sliced into 1/2-inch strips or bite-size pieces


    For the marinade, combine the olive oil, garlic, brown sugar, cajun seasoning, lemon juice, parsley, and soy sauce. Toss the marinade and chicken together in a shallow dish or ziploc bag. Cover and refrigerate at least an hour or up to 12 (better flavor the longer it marinades).
    For the pasta, combine juice of one lemon, lemon zest, olive oil, green onions and fresh parsley together in a small bowl. Set aside.Cook pasta in lightly salted water until al dente according to package directions. Drain and return to the pot off the heat. Pour the lemon juice/olive oil/green onion mixture over pasta and toss lightly to combine.Heat a 12-inch skillet over medium heat; add the marinade AND the chicken to the skillet, moving the chicken pieces so they are in a single layer. Cook over medium-high heat until the chicken is cooked through, 4-5 minutes.Add the pasta to the skillet with the chicken OR pour the chicken and cooked marinade over the pasta in the pot (whichever will fit the mixture best). Toss with Parmesan cheese and season to taste with salt and pepper, if needed. Serve immediately with extra Parmesan cheese, if desired.
    Updates: over the years, I've increased the amount of chicken in the recipe (and also the marinade accordingly). If you're looking for the original amounts, they are 2 chicken breasts and the following for the marinade 1/2 cup olive oil, 2 garlic cloves, 1 tablespoon cajun seasoning, juice of one lemon, 2 tablespoons minced parsley, 2 tablespoons brown sugar, 2 tablespoons soy sauce.
    Cajun Seasoning: different brands will have a different flavor profile, but all will carry a bit of heat. You can dial the amount in the recipe up or down as needed, but don't leave it out completely! For flavor without a lot of heat, try 1 teaspoon.
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