Italian lemon chicken and pasta recipe

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Chicken pieces cooked in a lemon flavoured sauce and served with pasta. A delicious, easy to make chicken recipe that is great as a main dish.
Preparation time: 10 minutes, Cooking time: 60 minutes, Serves: 4 


8 - 10 chicken pieces
Flour (for coating the chicken)
1/4 cup olive oil

1 medium red onion, sliced
1 stick cinnamon
1 to 2 bay leaves (preferably fresh)
A sprig of fresh oregano (substitute with 1 tsp dried oregano)

2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 cloves allspice, crushed (substitute with 1/2 tsp ground allspice)
1 lemon, juice and zest
1/2 cup dry white wine
Salt and black pepper to taste

1/2 lb penne or rice shaped pasta
Freshly grated Parmesan cheese (optional)


Brown the chicken
Lightly coat the chicken pieces in flour.

In a deep cooking pot over medium high heat add the olive oil and bring to a heat. Add the chicken pieces and cook for 6 to 8 minutes or until brown and crispy on all sides. If the cooking pot is not large enough brown the chicken pieces in batches. Remove chicken pieces and set aside.

Saute the onion
In the same cooking pot add the onion, cinammon bay leaves and oregano. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes, turning often.

Finish the dish
Add the chicken pieces, garlic, allspice, lemon juice and lemon zest, dry wine and season with salt and black pepper to taste. Bring to a boil, lower heat to very low and simmer covered for 45 minutes.

Cook the pasta
While the chicken is cooking cook the pasta in boiling, salted water, according to directions on the package.

Serve the chicken together with the pasta. Spoon the chicken sauce over the pasta and top the latter with grated Parmesan cheese, if desired.

Notes and tips

You can serve this dish with a simple green salad or garlic bread.
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