Lemon Thyme Roasted Chicken over Pasta Recipe | PBS Food

Lemon Thyme Roasted Chicken over Pasta

A flavorful lemon thyme roasted chicken pasta dish featuring lemon and fresh herbs over a bed of pasta.


Prep time: 10 Minutes

Cook time: 30 Minutes

Total time: 40 Minutes

Yield: 6-8


  • 2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper
  • 6 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 1 tablespoon corn starch
  • ½ cup unsweetened apple sauce,
  • 2 chicken flavored bouillon cubes
  • 1 tablespoon fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 pound spaghetti pasta cooked al dente and according to the package directions.
  • Fresh thyme sprigs as garnish


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a small bowl mix the thyme, zest, salt and pepper.
  3. Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil and coat it with non-stick spray.
  4. Place the chicken breasts on the baking sheet and evenly brush both sides with olive oil.
  5. Season both sides of chicken with the lemon seasoning.
  6. Bake the chicken in the oven for 30-40 minutes until done.  Cooking times will vary depending on the size of the chicken.
  7. Take the chicken out of the oven and allow it to rest for 5 minutes.
  8. As the chicken rests, prepare the lemon sauce.
  9. In a medium sauce pan cook the butter and garlic on medium or one minute, being careful not to burn the garlic.
  10. Add all but ½ cup of stock to the pan.  With the remaining stock, mix in the cornstarch until it has dissolved, then add it to the pan as well.
  11. Add the apple sauce, bouillon cubes, and lemon juice to the pan and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  12. Transfer the sauce to a blender or food processor and blend for 20 seconds until the sauce is smooth
  13. Season the sauce with salt and pepper if needed.
  14. Pour enough sauce over the chicken to generously each piece.
  15. Reserve the remaining sauce to be poured over the pasta.
  16. Top each dish of pasta off with sliced chicken and an optional sprig of fresh thyme for garnish.
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