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Chicken Scampi with Angel Hair Pasta

by Ünal Güler
12 Easy Skillet Chicken Dinners

Most people associate scampi with shrimp and other shellfish, but guess what? This classic pasta dish works just as well with chicken.

The richness from the butter and olive oil is balanced by the acidity of the lemon juice and white wine. You also get a punch of garlic, a hint of heat from the red pepper flakes, and some freshness from the parsley.

Aaron Hutcherson

How To Make a Creamy Chicken Scampi Sauce

The most important thing to remember with this recipe is to reserve some of the pasta cooking water. It helps to make a luscious sauce that brings all of the ingredients together.

Aaron Hutcherson

This recipe is all about the sauce and the pasta. If you’d like more protein or fresh vegetables in your meal, feel free to increase the amount of chicken or throw in whatever veggies you have in the fridge.


Watch This Delicious Chicken Scampi Recipe


  • 1/2 pound angel hair pasta

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1/2 pound boneless, skinless chicken cutlets

  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1/8 teaspoon (a big pinch) crushed red pepper flakes

  • 1/2 cup dry white wine, such as Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, or Pinot Grigio

  • 1 lemon, zest and juice (about 1 tablespoon of zest and 3 tablespoons of juice)

  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley

  • Lemon wedges for serving


  1. Make the pasta:

    Cook the pasta in a large pot of salted boiling water, according to package instructions or until al dente.

Drain the pasta.

Cook the chicken:

Meanwhile, melt the butter with the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Pat the chicken dry and season both sides with the salt and a few grinds of black pepper. Add the chicken to the skillet and cook about 2 minutes per side, until golden brown and cooked through.

Transfer the chicken to a cutting board to rest, leaving the fat in the pan.

Aaron Hutcherson

Make the sauce:

Add the garlic and red pepper flakes to the skillet and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the wine and lemon juice, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan, and simmer until reduced by about half, 3 to 5 minutes.

Aaron Hutcherson

Aaron Hutcherson

Finish the pasta and serve:

Add the cooked pasta, lemon zest, parsley, and 1/2 cup of the reserved pasta water to the skillet and toss to combine.

Cut the chicken into slices and toss with the pasta. Serve with extra lemon wedges for squeezing over the scampi.

Aaron Hutcherson

Nutrition Facts (per serving) 425 Calories 17g Fat 50g Carbs 19g Protein
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× Nutrition Facts Servings: 2 to 4 Amount per serving Calories 425 % Daily Value* Total Fat 17g 22% Saturated Fat 6g 28% Cholesterol 81mg 27% Sodium 254mg 11% Total Carbohydrate 50g 18% Dietary Fiber 7g 26% Total Sugars 10g Protein 19g Vitamin C 121mg 604% Calcium 98mg 8% Iron 3mg 18% Potassium 575mg 12% *The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. In cases where multiple ingredient alternatives are given, the first listed is calculated for nutrition. Garnishes and optional ingredients are not included.


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