Lemon Chicken Parmesan

This delicious Lemon Chicken Parmesan is easy to make, and it’s totally family-friendly.

Lemon Chicken Parmesan

Breast Cancer has found its way into my family and among my friends. People I love have fought it and conquered it. People I love have struggled with ridding their bodies of this awful beast for many years. And along the way, people I love have lost the battle. That being said, I feel that it’s important to try and raise money for research so we can work to find a cure for breast cancer… for all cancers.

As you probably are aware, October was Breast Cancer Awareness Month. KitchenAid has been working for the last 10 years to help raise money for breast cancer research through their partnership with Susan G. Komen for the Cure (they’ve raised more than 9-million to date!).  They’re currently working with a community of bloggers to help spread the word through their Cook for the Cure program.

Lemon Chicken Parmesan Skillet

As part of the program, KitchenAid has launched the Pass the Plate Initiative. It starts with a Villeroy and Boch plate custom designed by Jacques Pepin. You buy the plate, register it online, make a dish to serve on the plate and then pass the plate to a friend. Then the friend registers the plate, etc. and passes it on to another friend. Every time someone new registers the plate, KitchenAid donates $5 to Susan G. Komen.

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I Cooked for the Cure and created dinner for my family: Lemon Chicken Parmesan, which I served on this plate. The chicken is simply breaded and lightly sauteed. It’s served over thin spaghetti noodles that have been tossed with a light and lemony Parmesan- butter sauce. The dish is finished off in the oven with a little bit of melted mozzarella cheese.   My family loved every bite.

I will now register my plate online (earn $5 for breast cancer research) and pass it along to a friend who I will ask to do the same.

Cook for the Cure

KitchenAid has generously offered to give one RecipeGirl reader a Cook for the Cure plate so that you too can keep the Pass the Plate tradition going.

To enter for your chance to win a KitchenAid Cook for the Cure plate, leave a comment on this post that answers the following question:

**What would you serve on your Cook for the Cure plate?**

One winner will be selected via Random.org and announced on Friday, November 8, 2013. This giveaway closes on Thursday, November 7, 2013 at 11:59pm PST and is open to U.S. participants only. The winner will be contacted via email and will have 48 hours to respond before another winner is chosen.  The randomly selected winner is Vicky Morin.  Thanks to everyone who entered!

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 30 min

Cook Time: 30 min

Lemon Chicken Parmesan


8 ounces angel hair pasta, cooked and drained
1 tablespoon buter
1 tablespoon finely grated lemon zest
1/4 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese

4 thin sliced chicken breasts (4 servings)
1 large egg, beaten
3/4 cup panko bread crumbs
1/4 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon dried basil
salt and pepper, generous
2 Tablespoons butter
1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 teaspoon minced garlic

thin lemon slices (optional)
3/4 cup grated mozzarella cheese
salt and pepper


1. Prepare the pasta: Mix the cooked pasta with the butter and lemon zest. As soon as the butter is melted and mixed in, stir in the Parmesan and a generous dose of salt and pepper.

2. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Prepare the chicken: Place the egg in a low, wide bowl, and the (mixed) panko/Parmesan, basil/S&P in another low, wide bowl. Heat the butter in a large, oven-safe skillet with the lemon juice and garlic. Dip the chicken in egg, then bread crumb mixture and place in the pan. Cook on both sides until golden brown, about 3 to 4 minutes per side (depending on thickness of chicken). Remove the chicken to a plate.

3. Spoon the mixed pasta into the skillet. Place the cooked chicken breasts on top. Place lemon slices on top, if using, Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese. Sprinkle top with salt and pepper. Bake 15 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through. Serve chicken on top of the lemon noodles.

Source: RecipeGirl.com

Disclosure: I received a Cook for the Cure plate from KitchenAid in conjunction with this giveaway.  I was not compensated for this project.  All opinions shared are my own.

98 Responses to “Lemon Chicken Parmesan”

  1. postedNov 4, 2013 4:22 AM

    Oh my goodness, this sounds so good! I love lemon in anything!

  2. postedNov 4, 2013 5:01 AM
    Marianne Dunne

    Pork tenderloin with gorgonzola sauce

  3. postedNov 4, 2013 5:15 AM

    This is such a great and thoughtful idea! Way to Kitchen Aid! And way to go you for making sure a delicious meal to serve on this plate! It really sounds and looks so good!

  4. postedNov 4, 2013 5:58 AM

    What a kind, thoughtful and worthwhile charity, Lori! I am blown away by this idea. KitchenAid ROCKS. And, so does your Lemon Chicken Parmesan recipe! Thanks for sharing!

  5. postedNov 4, 2013 6:08 AM

    Stuffed pumpkin!

  6. postedNov 4, 2013 6:39 AM

    What a delicious meal and for a great cause! It looks amazing!

  7. postedNov 4, 2013 7:18 AM

    This looks great, Lori. I am thinking I could do it with cauliflower rice instead of the pasta. My family has a legacy of breast cancer too. It’s a rough, rough disease.

  8. postedNov 4, 2013 7:52 AM

    This looks fantastic! I love the flavors of lemon, butter and parm cheese 🙂

  9. postedNov 4, 2013 7:53 AM

    I would serve a family favorite, pumpkin roll with pecans and whipped cream piped on top. I love this idea of passing the plate. My grandmother and mother both lost a breast to this terrible disease. My sister not only lost a breast, at 54 she lost her life to cancer.

  10. postedNov 4, 2013 10:08 AM

    I love the cook for a cure plate idea! So awesome! And this pasta looks amazing!

  11. postedNov 4, 2013 10:58 AM
    wendy spencer

    That looks wonderful Lori! I would have to make whole wheat spaghetti with marinara sauce!

  12. postedNov 4, 2013 11:25 AM
    Susan P

    I would make Chicken and artichokes with a wine sauce–it’s a great dish to share with my friends.

  13. postedNov 4, 2013 11:37 AM
    Jenn B

    Been looking for a reason to try a recipe for a BLT Salad on a grilled pizza crust. Looks like the perfect plate for it.

  14. postedNov 4, 2013 11:42 AM

    I love this idea and props to kitchenaid for their philanthropic efforts! Your Lemon Chicken Parm looks lovely. I would make a simple tomato basil pasta dish to serve on this plate.

  15. postedNov 4, 2013 11:47 AM
    Valerie Endicott

    I lost my beloved Aunt Meme in March to cancer and I would cook a family favorites southern dish on this beautiful plate.

  16. postedNov 4, 2013 12:02 PM
    Laura in Texas

    Cool idea. I’d make orange rosemary chicken 🙂

  17. postedNov 4, 2013 12:03 PM

    I’d put that lemon chicken on it! Looks yum

  18. postedNov 4, 2013 12:08 PM

    I would make rolled lasagna with a spinach salad and some good bread.. For me, it is the ultimate comfort food and those dealing with cancer need comfort. I would love to have this beautiful plate to start the Pass the Plate tradition in my community.

  19. postedNov 4, 2013 12:08 PM
    Debbie Rhoades

    I would serve this Lemon Chicken Parmesan!!! OMG it looks so very deliciouS! yum yum!

  20. postedNov 4, 2013 12:31 PM

    I would make a salad with dried cherries in it

  21. postedNov 4, 2013 12:36 PM
    Kari M

    I’d make a pan of brownies for my friends at our next girl’s night.

  22. postedNov 4, 2013 12:50 PM

    I would make my family’s favorite meal of creamy and curry-filled Chicken Divan on the Cook for the Cure Plate. It’s been in our family for generations and losing people in life, it’s our dish with that “story” behind it; that comfort behind it. I think that it what makes every family have a favorite dish to eat – not just how it tastes (even though it’s always excellent) but how it makes us feel when we eat it. Bring back memories, and creates new ones. I think this is a great thing that KitchenAid is doing!

  23. postedNov 4, 2013 12:56 PM
    Kim P

    I love this idea – I was pass along something sweet!

  24. postedNov 4, 2013 12:58 PM
    Pam Miller

    Cindy had married her high school sweetheart. 3 beautiful children later, she gave up smoking , started exercising and successfully lost weight. Shortly after, she discovered she had breast cancer. Every hurdle she crossed was with a smile and absolute determination. She hoped each step would bring her closer to wellness but her cancer spread like wildfire. Friends and co-workers would send homemade food by the truckload for her family as she was increasingly too tired to cook. We did shuttled casseroles and pots of chili and spaghetti for over a year. One of the last things I made was meat loaf. She never did like meatloaf , in fact, she admitted that she hated it…….but thought it sounded good. That was the last meal I made for her as she died a few weeks later. I would happily make another meatloaf and proudly place it on a Cook for the Cure plate as a loving tribute to my friends’ battle with cancer.

  25. postedNov 4, 2013 1:21 PM
    Michele West

    What a wonderful idea! Breast cancer has also touched my family intimately.

    I would serve Roast Chicken along side Roast Veggies.

  26. postedNov 4, 2013 1:26 PM


  27. postedNov 4, 2013 1:41 PM

    I would absolutely serve my famous spaghetti and meatballs with my homemade sauce. It’s a recipe that is near and dear to my heart and holds so many happy memories of my family.

  28. postedNov 4, 2013 1:45 PM
    Robin Carlson

    I would make homemade tacos – my husband’s favorite!

  29. postedNov 4, 2013 1:54 PM

    I believe I’d try that lemon chicken!

  30. postedNov 4, 2013 2:01 PM

    Ooo, I love the idea behind this plate AND my kitchen just so happens to be decorated with cherries! 🙂
    I would make a glazed salmon dish!

  31. postedNov 4, 2013 2:02 PM
    Heather H.

    I would make chocolate chip cookies to pass on, what a great idea!

  32. postedNov 4, 2013 2:08 PM
    Tracy Johnson


  33. postedNov 4, 2013 3:37 PM
    Mary Beth Vitale

    I would serve a beautiful Asparagus/Prosciutto/Puff Pastry appetizer. What a thoughtful gift by KitchenAid. I love my KitchenAid products. They’re the best!!

  34. postedNov 4, 2013 3:37 PM

    I think I would make a traditional chicken parmesan! Beautiful plate!

  35. postedNov 4, 2013 3:40 PM

    I think I would make chicken Parmesan! Beautiful Plate!

  36. postedNov 4, 2013 3:45 PM

    I would make a wonderful roasted pork tenderloin with roasted root vegetables. A fall favorite!

  37. postedNov 4, 2013 3:46 PM

    I live in Canada so I know I can not win the plate. I just wanted to give my own comment on this. So here goes……..

    I am a 6 year survivor of breast cancer. My journey started in September of 2007 The lump was found by a routine mammogram. It was just .4cm in size and for you American’s who do not know our way of measurement (metric) that is about 1/8 of an inch, maybe a little smaller. At the time of the biopsy 2 weeks later it was .7 of a cm so about 1/4 of an inch. One month later ( Nov 16th, 2007) when it was removed it was 1.4 cm so it had doubled in size. I had 2 surgeries, the margins were not all clear. Followed by 6 rounds of chemotherapy and yes I lost all my hair. The treatments were 3 weeks apart and took about 5-7 hours to complete. After finishing chemo, I had 33 radiation treatments. My final one being on Sept 9, 2008 at 9:30 in the morning. After which at the encouragement of my amazing oncologist I did my first Survivor’s Parade at noon. (then went home and had a nap) I am now 6 years clear and living every day to the fullest. I had my amazing husband at my side the whole time as well as many family members and friends. As for what I would serve on this plate, I would serve a huge portion of love, faith, courage, compassion and strength. Maybe with a side of homemade pumpkin muffins. If not for these foundations, whether in the USA or here in Canada. We the survivors would not be here to tell our story. I am going to look into maybe starting something like the plate here in Calgary, Alberta. I do a home based business that sells spices and cookware, so maybe something that goes with the products. With out an idea you go no where. So here’s to you and I wish you success in this great idea.

  38. postedNov 4, 2013 4:04 PM

    I would serve a chipotle raspberry cream cheese appetizer with veggies and crackers on this beautiful plate!

  39. postedNov 4, 2013 4:27 PM
    Anne Hunter

    I would serve roast chicken, roasted garlic/thyme red potatoes, and steamed green beans with slivered garlic in olive oil.

  40. postedNov 4, 2013 4:42 PM

    Assorted homemade cookies –

  41. postedNov 4, 2013 4:44 PM
    Carmen Cortes

    I would serve my stuffed beef loin that I only reserve for very special occasions

  42. postedNov 4, 2013 5:38 PM

    Holy YUM! I love chicken parmesan but I actually prefer a creamy sauce with it so this will be perfect!

  43. postedNov 4, 2013 6:51 PM

    This looks so delicious. Pinning 🙂

  44. postedNov 4, 2013 7:04 PM

    I like the idea of this with cauliflower rice, Caroline! Sounds yummy!

  45. postedNov 4, 2013 7:37 PM

    Oh, the idea of chicken coated in bread crumbs, and them topped with melted cheese makes me very hungry right now! Pinning this deliciousness!

  46. postedNov 4, 2013 7:58 PM
    Amy S

    I would make spaghetti and meatballs.

  47. postedNov 4, 2013 8:17 PM
    lanie b

    Your lemon parmesan chicken looks so amazing I am going to try that !!!

  48. postedNov 4, 2013 8:45 PM

    What a great idea to have a plate and register it with Kitchenaide who donates money for breast cancer. I would make a great tasting Taco casserole to serve on this gerat looking plate! I loved reading Roxanne’s post on her journey with breast cancer. Congrats girl!

  49. postedNov 4, 2013 9:55 PM

    I would serve my mom’s lasagna

  50. postedNov 5, 2013 4:23 AM

    Since this lemon chicken Parmesan recipe brought me to your blog I would definitely make this recipe for my cook for a cure plate. What a great recipe and charity. Thank you for sharing!

  51. postedNov 5, 2013 6:29 AM

    I would make Christmas cookies to pass with the plate

  52. postedNov 5, 2013 6:36 AM

    Having recently been diagnosed with breast cancer, and beginning my follow-up treatment, I am anxious to do anything I can to help defeat this awful disease, no matter what its form. I will use this plate to make some deliciously chocolate . . . that should help to lift the spirits of anyone partaking . . . whether they are disease free or fighting, like me. Thanks for your consideration.

  53. postedNov 5, 2013 7:18 AM
    Tracey A

    I would make a brownie, made with leftover Halloween Candy and topped with a candy frosting. Something to sweeten someone’s day.

  54. postedNov 5, 2013 9:04 AM
    Katy Judy

    I would serve Chicken Angelo.

  55. postedNov 5, 2013 9:58 AM

    I would make lasagna

  56. postedNov 5, 2013 11:13 AM

    This looks delicious! I would serve Beef Stroganoff.

  57. postedNov 5, 2013 12:59 PM

    That dish is such a great idea! I’d probably make my Chicago Style Deep Dish Pizza – I dream of this pizza in the fall and winter!

    If you’ve ever had Chicago’s Lou Malnati’s pizza – this is as close as you could get to the real thing – it’s all about the butter in the crust. 😀

  58. postedNov 5, 2013 1:19 PM

    I would fix a lightened version of Shrimp Scampi served over Spaghetti Squash

  59. postedNov 5, 2013 1:21 PM
    Mary Coonfare

    My mom died from from the evil curse of breast cancer. I would serve her famous baked chicken and potatoes on the plate.

  60. postedNov 5, 2013 2:19 PM
    Kim Porter

    I’d serve roasted chicken with root vegetables on this plate.

  61. postedNov 5, 2013 2:21 PM
    Kim Porter

    I would serve roasted chicken with root vegetables on this plate.

  62. postedNov 5, 2013 3:40 PM
    Yvette N.

    I would make Broccoli Chicken Alfredo.

    What a beautiful idea to share meals with friends.

  63. postedNov 5, 2013 4:34 PM

    i would eat my regular meals off it. especially breakfast, to get my day started

  64. postedNov 5, 2013 4:41 PM

    Love this idea! I will need to make this recipe “Lemon Chicken Parmesan” to pass on my plate!

  65. postedNov 5, 2013 5:55 PM

    Great and creative recipe

  66. postedNov 6, 2013 3:43 AM
    Elaine M

    Cute plate. I would put my salmon nicoise salad on it. It’s what’s for dinner tonight!

  67. postedNov 6, 2013 5:43 AM

    Made this last night-the lemon zest just makes this perfect! Will be a regular in the menu rotation! Thank you!

  68. postedNov 6, 2013 8:30 AM

    Looks delicious. I will have to try with my hubbies FodMap friendly pasta. I think I would make spinach lasagna on the plate. – @KitaWalker

  69. postedNov 6, 2013 9:06 AM

    I would bake oatmeal pumpkin cookies to pass on to a friend– serving them on the Cook for the Cure plate, of course!

  70. postedNov 6, 2013 11:45 AM

    Oh, it looks like a great plate to serve fresh fruit on! 🙂

  71. postedNov 6, 2013 12:10 PM

    I would make salmon with roasted potatoes and carrots

  72. postedNov 6, 2013 12:12 PM

    I’d make my pasta with sun dried tomatoes, mushrooms and artichokes. And this is a wonderful and creative way to raise money! Love it and your site! 🙂

  73. postedNov 6, 2013 12:17 PM

    What a touching idea! I’m not sure what I would serve on the plate, but it probably would be a dessert, knowing how much I like sweets!

  74. postedNov 6, 2013 1:09 PM
    H Lake

    I am not a great cook but I think It would be fitting to try this dish and serve it on this meaningful plate!

  75. postedNov 6, 2013 1:32 PM

    I just prepared a meal for a girl friend who was diagnosed with cancer and I opted for all organic vegetables from either my garden or my dads’s because he grows a lot more things than I do! I made a squash and red lentil stew that contained all natural ingredients, no sugar and nothing processed. It could be eaten as a soup but I made it quite thick to serve on a bed of rice. I found this researching cancer nutrition recipes. The blessing, was a positive response as I dropped it off in the morning and she said she loved it!! whosh!!!

  76. postedNov 6, 2013 6:07 PM
    Rita H.

    I’d love to make a batch of butter chicken to serve with Basmati Rice. I have a recipe I’ve been wanting to try for a while, but having a hard time finding Garam Masala.

  77. postedNov 6, 2013 7:56 PM
    Rebecca M

    I would serve my mom’s favorite homemade brownies to her on this plate. She is currently fighting Stage IV Breast cancer.

  78. postedNov 6, 2013 8:26 PM
    Barbara Jones

    I would cook peanut butter fudge to serve on my plate – not the kind with marshmallow cream, but the old fashioned, cook to a soft ball stage fudge.

  79. postedNov 6, 2013 8:46 PM
    Colleen T.

    What a neat idea. I love Kitchen Aid. I finally bought a mixer over the weekend and can’t wait to use it. If I won that beautiful plate, I would try your lemon chicken parmesan on it. I’ll definitely try it anyways but I love the message behind the plate!

  80. postedNov 6, 2013 11:17 PM

    I would make marinated chicken and quinoa 🙂

  81. postedNov 7, 2013 6:44 AM

    Mmmm…delicious dish, Lori! 🙂

  82. postedNov 7, 2013 11:45 AM

    This looks so delightful and cheery and what a great cause. My grandmother was a survivor, but then died to lung cancer 🙁 I’m so glad there are company’s out there working so hard to destroy this disease.

  83. postedNov 7, 2013 5:19 PM
    Tiffany Wilhelm

    What a great idea to share a plate with friends – I miss sharing recipes with a friend like that. I would make a comfort food like chicken cordon bleu casserole.

  84. postedNov 7, 2013 8:58 PM
    Christian LymphoMama

    I am MADLY in love with this!!! I am a cancer patient myself and live and breathe “pay it forward” acts of random kindness and of course, LOVE <3 I will absolutely be purchasing MANY of these plates!! My plan is to use them to hold every dish at our family Thanksgiving and to send each of them home with every single one of my family members!

    So incredible! Thank you so much for sharing!!!

  85. postedNov 8, 2013 7:58 AM

    🙁 My comment was erased???

    • postedNov 8, 2013 9:33 PM

      I didn’t erase any comments!

  86. postedNov 9, 2013 7:25 PM

    Mouthwatering!! I love lemon chicken 🙂 my husband will definitely approve of this

  87. postedNov 12, 2013 9:09 AM
    Kathie Overman

    I cooked this last night, and I have to say it was the best chicken I ever made.
    Thank you

    • postedNov 15, 2013 5:14 PM

      Wow, so great to hear!

  88. postedNov 15, 2013 5:49 AM

    You have the best ideas! I have just booked marked your site so I check here first when planning my meals for the week. I can’t wait to try this one out!

  89. postedNov 17, 2013 1:59 PM
    Christian LymphoMama

    Has the winner been announced???
    ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?

  90. postedJan 5, 2014 8:23 AM

    I put this on our meal plan for the week! I can’t wait to try it out! We have two lemon trees and I am always looking for ways to use them 🙂

  91. postedMar 1, 2014 4:32 PM

    made this tonight – delish!

  92. postedMar 2, 2014 3:09 PM
    Lisa Cornely

    I came across this recipe on Facebook yesterday. This is on my menu for Tuesday night and I can’t wait to try it. Looks and sounds divine Lori. Thank you for all of the quick and easy chicken dishes.

  93. postedApr 23, 2014 8:30 PM

    Delicious!!! The lemon flavor brings a very light and refreshing taste to this dish.
    Thank You

  94. postedSep 3, 2014 5:29 AM

    Made this last night. Very light and refreshing. Only suggestion I would make is to double butter and lemon to mix with angel hair as we found it a little dry. Thanks for this delightful recipe.

  95. postedSep 8, 2014 7:36 AM

    My husband made this for dinner last night and we both loved it. Thank you, Recipe Girl!

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