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Classic Lemon Chicken

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Classic Lemon Chicken is a ‘classic’ dish for a good reason!  It combines chicken, butter, and lemon together in a sauteed dish that is incredibly flavorful. It’s also a quick-cooking skillet dinner, which makes it perfect for weeknights or some fast meal prepping! The boneless, skinless chicken breasts are flavored with lemon-pepper seasoning and cooked in a butter/oil combination that will create a delicious buttery sauce to pour over your lemon chicken and cauliflower rice or mashed cauliflower.


Classic Lemon Chicken

Adapted from: a recipe from BHG
Serves: 6


  • 6 medium boneless, skinless chicken breast halves; approx 1-1/2 pounds (buy thin-cut breasts if you want to skip the pounding part)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp lemon pepper seasoning (or use 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper + 1 tsp lemon zest)
  • 2 tbs butter, plus extra if needed
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 1 lemon, sliced very thin
  • 2 tbs fresh lemon juice from another lemon
    Hot cooked cauliflower rice


  1. Place each chicken breast half between two pieces of plastic wrap or freezer paper. Pound lightly with a meat mallet (also called a batticarne) until each one is a uniform thickness; about 1/4″. Remove from the plastic and season with salt and lemon pepper seasoning.
  2. Melt the butter and oil in a 12-inch non-stick skillet over medium high heat. Cook 3 of the chicken breasts about 3 minutes per side or until brown and no longer pink. Remove chicken from skillet to a waiting dish and repeat with the remaining three breasts. Add another tbs of butter if the pan seems dry. Remove the remaining chicken breasts to the dish.
  3. Add lemon slices to skillet; cook for 2 to 3 minutes or until lightly browned, turning once.
  4. Return all of the chicken to the skillet, overlapping chicken breasts if needed. Drizzle lemon juice over the chicken breasts. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes more or until pan juices are slightly reduced.
  5. Serve the lemon chicken, lemon slices, and pan juices over hot cooked caulflower rice or mashed cauliflower.


Notes: A steamed green vegetable and a fresh green salad are perfect side dishes for Classic Lemon Chicken!




Photograph via BHG

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