Lemon Chicken and Spinach Pasta

  • 10MINS
  • 30MINS
  • 276KCAL

Tender pieces of chicken in a creamy and indulgent lemon and spinach sauce, served with tagliatelle pasta. Ideal for calorie counting and Weight Watchers!

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NutritionPer Serving

  • Calories276
  • Carbs29g
  • Protein27g
  • Fat5.1g
  • Saturates2.3g
  • Sugars1.5g

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For the full list of ingredients and comprehensive instructions, please see the recipe card at the end of this post. Before you scroll, there’s important stuff to know in the blurb!

With an indulgent, creamy sauce, this quick and easy Lemon Chicken and Spinach pasta is a delicious dinner that you can pull together in only 40 minutes!

We’ve packed this comforting pasta dish with spinach for extra nutrition with the fresh tangy hint of lemon.

Light spreadable cheese is essential in this dish, as you get a velvety texture and taste, without a pot of cream in sight! You save so many calories and fat compared to double cream.

We’ve used tagliatelle as we think it works well for mopping up creamy sauces, but you could swap out for your preferred pasta shape. Try penne or farfalle, or whatever you have in the cupboard!

What diets is this Lemon Chicken and Spinach Pasta suitable for?

This Lemon Chicken and Spinach Pasta are suitable for gluten free diets as long as you swap out the following ingredients for gluten free versions;

  • Pasta
  • stock cube

Please make sure to double or triple check all of your ingredients if you’re cooking for people with allergies.

How Weight Watchers friendly is this Lemon Chicken and Spinach Pasta recipe?

  • You need to count 6 Points per portion of this Lemon Chicken and Spinach Pasta recipe if you’re on WW Green.
  • You need to count 5 Points per portion of this Lemon Chicken and Spinach Pasta recipe if you’re on WW Blue.
  • You need to count 5 Points per portion of this Lemon Chicken and Spinach Pasta recipe if you’re on WW Purple.

Do you need any special ingredients to make Lemon Chicken and Spinach Pasta?

All of the ingredients are simple and easy to find in most supermarkets!

How many calories are in this Lemon Chicken and Spinach Pasta recipe?

There are 276 calories per portion of Lemon Chicken and Spinach Pasta which means it falls into our Everyday Light category.

This Lemon Chicken and Spinach Pasta is perfect if you’re following a calorie controlled diet and fits well with any one of the major diet plans such as Weight Watchers.

As a guide, an average man needs around 2,500kcal (10,500kJ) a day to maintain a healthy body weight. For an average woman, that figure is around 2,000kcal (8,400kJ) a day. Obviously, if your goal is to lose weight then you might want to adjust these slightly! You can read more about these recommendations on the NHS website.

Step 1

Spray a frying pan with low-calorie cooking spray and fry the chicken for 5-10 min on a medium heat, until golden brown.

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Step 2

Add the garlic and cook for another minute. Stir the stock cube into the boiling water then add to the pan along with the turmeric, lemon juice, thyme and cook for 3-5 minutes.

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Step 3

While the chicken is cooking, cook the pasta according to packet instructions and drain. This can be from 9-12 minutes depending on the brand.

Step 4

Add the light spreadable cheese to the stock and mix well.

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Step 5

Then add the spinach, black pepper, pasta and mix into the sauce. Cook for a further minute.

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Step 6

Season to taste with salt and black pepper, and sprinkle with parmesan before serving.

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Lemon and Chicken Pasta - Pinch of Nom Slimming Recipes

What could I serve with Lemon Chicken and Spinach Pasta?

It’s a filling and comforting dish on it’s own, but you could make it go further by halving the portion and serving alongside a crisp, fresh salad or one of our other sides:

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How do you know when Lemon Chicken and Spinach Pasta is cooked?

The chicken should be cooked through and tender, and the light spreadable cheese should have completely melted. This will take around 30 minutes in total.

Standard advice here in the UK is to cook food until it has reached 70°C and stayed at that temperature for 2 minutes. This is to keep your family safe.

How long can you keep Lemon Chicken and Spinach Pasta in the fridge?

Ideally you should eat it within 4 hours.

If you allow any leftovers to cool, make sure to refrigerate in a container with a lid and chill.  You can keep leftover Lemon Chicken and Spinach Pasta in the fridge for 2-3 days or so.

Can I freeze this Lemon Chicken and Spinach Pasta?

Yes you can! This recipe can be frozen, but please remember to do the following;

  • Allow to cool thoroughly before freezing and freeze as soon as it’s cold enough.
  • Use a container or bag that is suitable for freezing.

Don’t forget to add a label with what it is, and on what date you put it in the freezer!

How do I reheat Lemon Chicken and Spinach Pasta?

Defrost thoroughly in the fridge overnight. To reheat, add 1-2 tbsp of water and then microwave on full power for 3-5 minutes until piping hot, stirring halfway.

 

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Lemon Chicken and Spinach Pasta

Tender pieces of chicken in a creamy and indulgent lemon and spinach sauce, served with tagliatelle pasta. Ideal for calorie counting and Weight Watchers!
  • Prep Time
    10 MINS
  • Cook Time
    30 MINS
  • KCals 276
  • Carbs 29G
  • WW Points:
  • 6 Green
  • 5 Blue
  • 5 Purple

Ingredients

  • 280 g chicken breasts cut into strips
  • 160 g spinach washed and chopped
  • 2 lemons juiced
  • 30 g light spreadable cheese
  • 30 g fresh parmesan cheese grated
  • 1 chicken stock cube
  • 250 ml boiling water
  • ¼ tsp turmeric
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 clove garlic peeled and chopped
  • ½ tsp dried thyme
  • 150 g dried tagliatelle pasta
  • low calorie cooking spray

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Instructions

  1. Spray a frying pan with low-calorie cooking spray and fry the chicken for 5-10 min on a medium heat, until golden brown.
  2. Add the garlic and cook for another minute. Stir the stock cube into the boiling water then add to the pan along with the turmeric, lemon juice, thyme and cook for 3-5 minutes.
  3. While the chicken is cooking, cook the pasta according to packet instructions and drain. This can be from 9-12 minutes depending on the brand.
  4. Add the light spreadable cheese to the stock and mix well.
  5. Then add the spinach, black pepper, pasta and mix into the sauce. Cook for a further minute. 
  6. Season to taste with salt and black pepper.
  7. Sprinkle with parmesan before serving.

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Zena DawsonSunday 3rd January 2021

Would frozen spinach work in this recipe ? And the Tuscan chicken ? As I find anytime I buy fresh spinach, half of it is thrown out. Thanks

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    HollyMonday 4th January 2021

    Hi Zena, Yes frozen will work fine just defrost it and squeeze out as much of the water as possible. Hope that helps!

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Christine CassinelliTuesday 29th December 2020

From the new quick and easy book would it be possible to get Ww points please

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