Creamy Lemon Garlic Sauce for Pasta or Chicken

creamy lemon garlic sauce

This creamy lemon garlic sauce is perfect for pasta, chicken, and more! An easy recipe with tons of flavors!


  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 small shallot, finely chopped*
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced*
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried  thyme, or Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 medium lemon, juiced
  • 1 cup warm whole milk or half-and-half


  1. Heat a large pan over medium-high heat. Once hot, melt the butter. Add the chopped shallot and sauté, for 2 minutes, until it’s translucent and golden. Add the garlic, and stir to cook the garlic for about 30 seconds until fragrant.

  2. Add the chicken broth and lemon juice, and stir to combine.  Heat up the milk or half and half before adding it to the pan to prevent separation. Add it to the pan, bringing it to a simmer while stirring. Add the thyme, stir to combine, reduce the heat to medium-low, cover the pan with a lid, and simmer the sauce for 10 minutes. 


  3. Once the sauce has thickened, it’s ready to be tossed with pasta or over your favorite protein.


Swap the shallots for 1/4 of cup finely chopped white or yellow onion. If you want to use garlic powder, use 2 teaspoons instead of the whole garlic cloves.