I made this Lemon Dill Chicken Pasta with Goat Cheese at the insistence of an herb.

Quick and easy Lemon Dill Chicken Pasta with Goat Cheese

My general meal planning tactic is to create recipes that use up whichever leftover ingredients I would be the saddest to see spoil.

Was it the artisan salami I bought on impulse at the fancy super market which commanded our menu? The shallots that have been lurking in a dark corner of our pantry? The cheese I picked up at the farmers market? No—it was the bundle of fresh dill for which I paid a grand total of $.79.

The idea of seeing its downy soft, fragrant leaves turn brown tore so forcefully at my heart, I based an entire pasta dish around its signature spring flavor.

Lemon Dill Chicken Pasta Skillet

The Beauty of This Lemon Dill Pasta

When dill is dictating the menu, lemon is a necessity—the two are the dearest of flavor BFFs.

Next, came the idea of pasta, since a) one can never have too many quick and healthy pasta dishes in one’s arsenal and, b) my only concrete plan at this point was an herb and some lemon juice, which is another way of saying, I didn’t have a plan at all.

Pasta to the rescue!

Though any shape of noodle will do (including that half-empty box I know you have sitting in your pantry right now), I opted for bowties for the simple reason that they make me happy. They’re fun, flirty, and I love the way the other ingredients nestle into their “wings.”

I also used whole wheat pasta for the benefit of its fiber and protein.

Fast and fabulous Lemon Dill Chicken Pasta with Goat Cheese

To make this lemon dill pasta a healthy, all-in-one meal, I mixed in a trio of spring jewels: sautéed red onions, peas, and spinach.

The veggies are bright, nourishing, and require almost zero cooking. I also added simply sautéed chicken for a little extra heartiness, though the pasta will still be plenty satisfying should you prefer to omit it.

Finally, rather than fuss with a cream sauce, which feels like the exact opposite of what we should be doing on a warm spring evening, I simply crumbled goat cheese into the pan.

The warmth of the pasta melts the goat cheese just enough to transform it into a creamy, luxurious “sauce” that requires no cooking at all.

In the end, this lemon dill pasta with goat cheese turned out to be one of our favorite dinners that I’ve made in quite a while. It’s simple, flavorful, and filled with some of spring’s best offerings.

Easy Skillet Lemon Dill Chicken Pasta

How to Store and Reheat Lemon Dill Pasta

  • To Store. Place leftover pasta in an airtight storage container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
  • To Reheat. Gently rewarm pasta in a large skillet on the stove over medium-low heat, adding splashes of broth as needed to thin the sauce. Top leftovers with a squeeze of lemon juice to refresh the flavors. You can also reheat this dish in the microwave.

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Maybe I should obey my herbs more often.

Quick and easy Lemon Dill Chicken Pasta with Goat Cheese

Lemon Dill Chicken Pasta with Goat Cheese

5 from 3 votes
This creamy lemon dill chicken pasta is fast, healthy, and sure to be a family favorite! Goat cheese is the secret ingredient to its quick, creamy sauce.

Total: 30 mins

Servings: 3 – 4 servings (can easily be doubled)


  • 8 ounces whole wheat bowtie pasta or pasta of your choice
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil plus 3 teaspoons, divided, plus additional for tossing pasta
  • 1 large boneless skinless chicken breasts or 2 small (about 10 ounces)
  • 1/2 red onion thinly sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup green peas fresh or frozen
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice about 1 lemon
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh chopped spinach
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
  • 4 ounces goat cheese


  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and cook pasta until al dente, according to package directions. Reserve 1 cup of the pasta water, then drain. Toss the drained pasta with a bit of olive oil to prevent sticking, then set aside.
  • Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet over medium high. Once hot, add the chicken and sauté until cooked through, 4 to 6 minutes (be careful as the oil may splatter). With a slotted spoon, remove to plate lined with paper towels and set aside.
  • Reduce pan heat to medium. Add 1 teaspoon olive oil to the skillet, the onions, salt, and pepper and cook until fragrant and beginning to soften, about 1 minute. Add the peas and cook until heated through (about 1 minute for fresh or 3 minutes for frozen), then add the reserved chicken, reserved pasta, remaining 2 teaspoons olive oil, lemon zest, and lemon juice. If the pasta seems to dry, add a little of the reserved pasta water. Just before serving, stir in the spinach, dill, and goat cheese.

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  1. I made this recipe just as you said and it was delicious! I will definitely be making this one again :)5 stars

    1. Elise, I’m excited to hear that you liked it, and thanks so much for leaving your review!!

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