Lemon Butter Chicken

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Elevate Your Family Dinner with Restaurant-Quality Lemon Butter Chicken!

Are you craving a restaurant-quality meal that’s ready in 30 minutes?

Look no further than Lemon Butter Chicken!

This ideal dinner option combines the zesty flavors of lemon and chicken in a buttery lemon sauce, creating a dish that’s perfect for busy weeknights.

Not only is it quick and easy, but Lemon Butter Chicken also offers a healthier option for those seeking a nutritious yet delicious meal.

Lemon Butter Chicken is not just another chicken recipe; it’s a culinary delight that brings a delightful twist to your dinner table.

With its perfect balance of lemony tang and buttery richness, it’s sure to become a regular in your meal rotation.

Tender Lemon Butter Chicken in a skillet, showcasing the golden crust and lemon garlic sauce.

Why is Lemon Butter Chicken a “Must-Try”

This dish is a game-changer for anyone who loves chicken with lemon sauce.

  • Ready in 30 Minutes: Perfect for quicker dinners when time is of the essence.
  • Ideal Dinner: Combines the freshness of lemon with the richness of butter, making it an excellent choice for family dinner.
  • Healthier Option: Offers a nutritious alternative to traditional heavy dinners.
A family-style serving of Lemon Butter Chicken, ready for dinner, with steam rising from the lemony sauce.

Lemon Butter Chicken Ingredients

(See the recipe card below for full ingredient list with quantities & instructions)

  • Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts: The star of the dish.
  • Seasoning: Salt, pepper, and garlic powder for flavor.
  • Flour: For coating the chicken.
  • Olive Oil: For cooking the chicken to perfection.
  • Butter: Key ingredient for that rich, buttery lemon sauce.
  • Chicken Broth: Adds depth to the sauce.
  • Lemon Juice: Freshly squeezed for the best flavor.
  • Fresh Parsley: For garnish and a touch of green.
Juicy chicken breasts coated in a vibrant lemon butter sauce, garnished with parsley, served on a white plate with side vegetables and white rice.

Lemon Butter Chicken Instructions

  1. Preparation: Cut your chicken breasts in half lengthwise so you have thinner cutlets. Season chicken breasts with salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Lightly coat in flour.
  2. Cooking: In a skillet, heat olive oil and butter. Cook the chicken until golden and set aside.
  3. Sauce Making: In the same skillet, add chicken broth, butter and lemon juice. Bring to a simmer.
  4. Combining: Return the chicken to the skillet, coating it in the garlic and lemon butter sauce. Season with salt & pepper as needed.
  5. Serving: Garnish with fresh parsley and serve hot.
Close-up of Lemon Butter Chicken, highlighting the glossy butter sauce with lemon slices and herbs.

Perfect for Busy Weeknights

Lemon Butter Chicken is not only delicious but also easy to prepare, making it one of the best easy 30-minute chicken recipes.

Whether you’re planning a family gathering or need a quick meal solution for busy weeknights, this dish is sure to impress.

Lemon Butter Chicken meal, complete with sides of vegetables and rice, emphasizing a balanced and appetizing dinner setup.

Storage and Reheating

  • Storage: Keep in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.
  • Reheating: Warm in a skillet over medium heat or in the microwave for a quick reheat.
Close-up of Lemon Butter Chicken, highlighting the glossy butter sauce with lemon slices and herbs.

What to pair with Lemon Chicken

Pairing the right side dishes with this creamy chicken in lemony butter sauce can enhance the overall dining experience.

Here are some excellent options:

Roasted Root Vegetables: The natural sweetness of carrots, parsnips, and beets, when roasted, complements the savory glaze of the pork loin.

Colorful assortment of freshly oven roasted root vegetables including yams, red potatoes, beets, carrots, and parsnips, seasoned with herbs and ready to be served as a nutritious and flavorful side dish.

Cheesy Garlic Brussels Sprout Bake: This dish brings a cheesy, garlicky twist to Brussels sprouts, adding a deliciously rich flavor to balance the sweetness of the pork.

A golden-brown Cheesy Garlic Brussels Sprout Bake scooped up with a spoon fresh out of the oven, with melted cheese on top and crispy edges.

Spinach Gratin: A creamy and cheesy spinach gratin offers a smooth texture and a rich taste that pairs wonderfully with the tender pork.

A golden-brown Spinach Gratin in a rectangular baking dish, with a crispy cheese crust visible on top and creamy spinach layers underneath.

Hasselback Sweet Potatoes: These visually appealing potatoes add a sweet and savory element, which works well with the caramelized glaze of the pork.

image showcasing a beautifully arranged platter of Hasselback Sweet Potatoes, each perfectly roasted to reveal crispy edges and a tender, golden interior, garnished with fresh herbs.

Cheesy Bacon Ranch Potatoes: A combination of cheese, bacon, and ranch with potatoes creates a decadent side that’s hard to resist alongside the glazed pork.

A mouthwatering dish of Cheesy Bacon Ranch Potatoes, featuring golden-brown roasted potato cubes generously topped with melted cheddar cheese, crumbled crispy bacon, and a sprinkle of fresh parsley, served in a baking dish.

Creamed Corn Au Gratin: The sweetness of corn in a creamy, cheesy sauce adds a luxurious texture and flavor, complementing the pork loin.

A golden-brown Creamed Corn Au Gratin in a baking dish, showing creamy corn kernels topped with melted parmesan cheese.

Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes: Layers of potatoes in a creamy cheese sauce offer a comforting and hearty side that’s perfect with the rich pork.

Layered Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes in a baking dish in a white countertop.

Mashed Potato Casserole: A casserole version of mashed potatoes, often topped with cheese or breadcrumbs, provides a creamy and satisfying addition to the meal.

A delicious dish of Mashed Potato Casserole topped with crispy bacon bits, garnished with fresh parsley, and served in a white oval casserole dish.

FAQ Section

Can I make this recipe with chicken thighs instead of breasts?

Yes, chicken thighs can be a great substitute for breasts in this recipe. They offer a juicier texture and richer flavor. Just adjust the cooking time as thighs may take slightly longer to cook through

Is this dish suitable for freezing?

Yes, Lemon Butter Chicken freezes well. Thaw and reheat for a quick and delicious meal.

Is this Lemon Butter Chicken suitable for meal prep?

Yes, this dish is great for meal prep. You can cook it in advance and store it in the fridge. Just reheat it gently when you’re ready to eat. The flavors often meld and deepen when the dish is reheated.

Lemon Butter Chicken in a cooking skillet, illustrating the cooking process with ingredients like lemon wedges and garlic visible in the savory, bubbling sauce..

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Tender Lemon Butter Chicken in a skillet, showcasing the golden crust and lemon garlic sauce.
Yield: 4 servings

Lemon Butter Chicken

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Lemon Butter Chicken combines zesty lemon and garlic in a rich butter sauce, creating a quick, delicious, and healthy meal ready in just 30 minutes. Perfect for busy weeknights and family dinners.

Ingredients

  • 2 large boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Flour for dredging
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons butter divided
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice + zest of 1/2 lemon
  • Chopped fresh parsley

Instructions

  1. Preparation: Cut your chicken breasts in half lengthwise so you have thinner cutlets. Season chicken breasts with salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Lightly coat in flour.
  2. Cooking: In a skillet, heat olive oil and butter. Cook the chicken until golden and set aside.
  3. Sauce Making: In the same skillet, add chicken broth, butter and lemon juice. Bring to a simmer.
  4. Combining: Return the chicken to the skillet, coating it in the garlic and lemon butter sauce. Season with salt & pepper as needed.
  5. Serving: Garnish with fresh parsley and serve hot.

Nutrition Information

Yield

4

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 326Total Fat 15gSaturated Fat 7gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 7gCholesterol 75mgSodium 306mgCarbohydrates 26gFiber 1gSugar 1gProtein 22g

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