One Pot Creamy Lemon Chicken Pasta with Baby Kale

Thank you to organic girl for sponsoring this post!

One Pot Creamy Lemon Chicken Pasta with baby kale is an easy and delicious one pot meal that the entire family will love! Made with chicken, lemon, cheese, pasta and fresh greens!

One Pot Creamy Lemon Chicken Pasta with Baby Kale - an easy, creamy and delicious meal that the entire family will love!

Once you start making one pot meals, you won’t be able to stop. I try to make a one pot meal at least once a week because it makes dinner planning easy and clean up even easier. Today, I am sharing the recipe for One Pot Creamy Chicken Pasta with I heart baby kale from organicgirl. The greens actually include a mixture of baby kale, baby spinach, green romaine and more. The hearty greens are both nutritious and delicious. The lemon adds fresh flavor that complements the chicken and creates a meal that the entire family will love.

One Pot Creamy Lemon Chicken Pasta with Baby Kale - an easy, creamy and delicious meal that the entire family will love!

With so many great ways to sneak greens into meals, you will never get bored. Sandwiches, salads, smoothies, soups, pasta, and more. You can even sneak greens like baby kale, arugula and chard into your favorite indulgent dish or lighten it up with some fresh greens. One pot meals are a great way to add greens because the greens cook right in the pot. What is your favorite way to add fresh greens to your diet?

One Pot Creamy Lemon Chicken Pasta with Baby Kale - an easy, creamy and delicious meal that the entire family will love!

One Pot Creamy Lemon Chicken Pasta with Baby Kale - an easy, creamy and delicious meal that the entire family will love!

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Yields about 4 large servings

One Pot Creamy Lemon Chicken Pasta with Baby Kale
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  • 1 pound chicken breast, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup diced yellow onion
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 2 1/2 cups uncooked penne pasta
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3 heaping cups organic girl I heart baby kale
  • 4 ounces cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 3 tablespoons freshly squeeze lemon juice
  • zest from one lemon


  1. Season chicken with salt and pepper; set aside.
  2. In a 12" pan or skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add onions and stir until soft, about 3 minutes. Add chicken to pan and cook until brown on both sides. Stir in garlic and cook one additional minute. Add uncooked pasta, chicken broth, water and baby kale. Stir then bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 22 minutes. Uncover and cook until almost all of the liquid is absorbed, about 5 additional minutes. Remove from heat, stir in cream cheese, mozzarella cheese, Parmesan cheese, lemon juice and lemon zest. Stir until cheese is melted. Serve immediately.

Source: Spoonful of Flavor

One Pot Creamy Lemon Chicken Pasta with Baby Kale - an easy, creamy and delicious meal that the entire family will love!

Other one pot meals that you will love:

One Pan Buffalo Chicken Pasta

One Pan Buffalo Chicken Pasta is an easy dish made in one pan and loaded with buffalo chicken flavor!

One Pot Creamy Salsa Verde and Lime Chicken Pasta

One Pot Creamy Salsa Verde and Lime Chicken Pasta is made with pasta, chicken, lime, tomatillo pasta and cheesy goodness! Everything cooks in one pot too.
This post is sponsored by organicgirl. As always, all opinions are my own.


  1. DessertForTwo

    I’m in dire need of easy one-pot meals! Thanks for another great one!

  2. Liz @ The Lemon Bowl

    So I’m heading out of town next week and my husband already requested some sort of pasta with kale. My kids always devour it!!

  3. Amy @ A Healthy Life For Me

    What an awesome dinner! I love one pot meals, quick and easy {especially clean up} what is not to love about that?

  4. Sarah @Whole and Heavenly Oven

    One pot meals are totally my jam! This one definitely looks like a winner kinda dinner! Love how ultra-creamy it looks and the fact that it’s an entire meal in one pot!

  5. Sues

    I do love baby kale, so I’m kind of obsessed with that Organic Girl packaging!! Also, if I didn’t already have a meal planned, I would totally be making this TONIGHT!

  6. Nichole

    One pot meals like this with fresh lemon, and kale are sooo my kind of meal!

  7. Kelly

    This look like the perfect one-pot meal! Love how creamy it looks and all the baby kale you added. So easy and delicious!

  8. Liz @ Floating Kitchen

    Yum yum yum! This looks so good and I would even eat this for breakfast right now. I love Organic Girl products. Their stuff is always the freshest!

  9. Erin @ The Almond Eater

    I’m alllllll about kale. And one pot meals. And lemon chicken. You killed it with this recipe–seriously, looks like the perfect meal!

  10. Kim (Feed Me, Seymour)

    I love love love adding kale to my pasta! My family hates it but that just leaves all the more for me!

  11. Heather - Butter & Burlap

    Love, love, love this dish! Hands down would be a family favorite in my house! I think I’m gonna make this tomorrow night :)))

  12. Ashley

    I love me some baby kale! This one pot dish sounds awesome! Especially with the lemon!

  13. Annie @Maebells

    This is the perfect summer dish, I love the lemon! I just recently started switching out regular kale for baby kale and I love it! This is on my must make list!

  14. Anu-My Ginger Garlic Kitchen

    Love all summer meals! And this one pot creamy chicken pasta looks divine! So loving the addition of refreshing lemon!

  15. Beth @ bethcakes

    One pot meals are totally the best! This one looks so creamy and cheesy. I am definitely one of those people who has to sneak green foods into my own meals, so I need to try this for sure. 🙂

  16. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice

    Mmm I can never resist one pot meals like this! Love the lemon flavor, Ashley! And I love that you added kale, too. Sounds delish!

  17. Jessica @ Sweetest Menu

    Wow! That looks fabulous Ashley, I just want to grab a fork and dive right in. Your photography has gone to another level – seriously so professional girl! 🙂

  18. Danae

    One pot meals are my favorite because I can’t stand doing the dishes. Love how you added the baby kale to this delicious pan of lemony pasta!

  19. Lisa @ Healthy Nibbles & Bits

    I’m obsessed with one pot meals and I totally shove a ton of leafy greens in your pasta just like you do! Love all the creaminess that’s going on in this dish!

  20. Renee@Two in the Kitchen

    What a bright and sunny looking dish! I love Organic girl salad mixes! I get them a lot from my local grocery store! 🙂

  21. Susan

    This meets my need for easy one-pot meals that I can make in my electric skillet. So I’ll definitely be making this. The recipe looks fabulous.

  22. Carla Chadwick

    This has three of my all-time favorite ingredients: chicken, kale and lemon. It looks delicious!

    I found you on playpartypin.com, and followed you on Pinterest and Twitter.

    Have a wonderful weekend. 🙂

  23. Carlee

    I love everything about this! It sounds so delicious. The fact that it is a one pot meal just makes it that much better!

  24. Melinda

    Here from HomeMattersPArty.
    Yummy in my tummy!

  25. Camila

    This looks absolutely amazing and me being a fan of pasta this is a GO GO for a dinner!!!

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  27. Karly

    This looks like a fabulous dinner! Thanks for linking up with What’s Cookin’ Wednesday!

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  29. Kristi

    I love one pot meals. Thanks so much for sharing at #HomeMattersParty. Hope you’ll join us again.

  30. Michelle @ A Dish of Daily Life

    This looks absolutely delicious! We eat a lot of kale and I love one pot meals! Thanks for sharing it with us at #FoodieFriDIY! Pinning!

  31. Elic

    This sounds so yummy! Shared it with the cook in my family!

  32. Kristen from The Road to Domestication

    Ooo! This looks (and sounds) amazing! Thanks so much for taking the time to link up with us over at the #HomeMattersParty – we hope to see you again tomorrow!

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  40. Stephanie

    This looks delish. Can’t wait to try it.

  41. Michelle

    I tried this recipe a few times and prefer it without lemon and with less cream cheese, but overall great recipe! It’s quick, simple and clean up is a breeze. Thanks Ashley!

    • Ashley

      Hi, Michelle! Thanks for your feedback. I am glad you enjoyed it!

  42. Elizabeth

    I did like this recipe, though I think I will next time cook the sauce and pasta seperatly and then mix them before serving. Doing all together in one pot made the pasta to soft and mushy.

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  45. Jean | DelightfulRepast.com

    Ashley, this is going on the menu very soon! Love a good one-pot meal that’s as good as one that’s a lot more work!

  46. nikki

    this recipe sounds soooo good – but you cook the pasta in the water/chicken broth for over 22 mins? most of my pasta cooks in 10 mins or less when added to boiling water…so does it not get overcooked?

    • Ashley

      Yes, the directions are correct. The pasta is cooked longer because this is a one pot meal where everything is cooked in one pot. You do not boil the noodles separately.

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  51. Karen @ The Food Charlatan

    That is such a smart idea to plan one one-pot meal each week Ashley! I should totally do that! My life needs to be less complicated 🙂 This lemony one looks like the perfect place to start!

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  53. Sara

    I absolutely LOVED this dish! I made it with spagetti and regular kale (thats all I had in my kitchen) and it turned out absolutely delicious! I’ll definitely make this again.

  54. Samantha

    Very good recipe, thank you! Too much pasta for me, so next time I’ll cut back to maybe 1.5 cups. Will also need to stir the mix about halfway through the 22 minutes on the stove, as not all of the pasta was cooked thoroughly.

  55. Lisa

    This was my first one pot meal and I will definitely be making more like it! The pasta was cooked well and it was so easy! I will say, next time I make it I will probably cut the lemon juice to 1 Tablespoon as it was a bit too overpowering for my family’s taste. But I loved the creaminess and will definitely be trying more of your one pot meals! 🙂 thanks!

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