30+ Perfect Lemon Chicken Recipes to Celebrate Spring
The bright, citrusy flavors of lemon pair perfectly with both warmer weather and tender, succulent chicken. Whether braised, grilled, roasted, baked, or fried, lemon chicken is a delightful dish for just about any occasion. From Apricot Lemon Chicken and Italian-inspired Meyer Lemon Chicken Piccata to our Weeknight Lemon Chicken Skillet Dinner and Asian-inspired Orange Lemon Chicken, these delicious recipes showcase the versatility of matching lemon's tart, irresistible flavor with juicy chicken for the ultimate springtime dish.
Meyer Lemon Chicken
Orange Lemon Chicken
Charred Lemon Chicken Piccata
Weeknight Lemon Chicken Skillet Dinner
It doesn't get much easier, or more satisfying: a complete dinner in one pan in half an hour.
Tangy-Sweet Lemon Chicken
Lemon Chicken with Olives
Senegalese Lemon Chicken
Honey-and-Lemon Baked Chicken
Meyer Lemon Chicken Piccata
Grilled Lemon Chicken with Feta Rice
Lemon Chicken with Currants and Pine Nuts
Grilled Lemon Chicken with Tomato Salad
Lemon Chicken Teriyaki Rice Bowl
Lemon-Grilled Chicken Breasts
This is a perfect basic grilled chicken recipe, simple and versatile enough to meal prep, whip up on a hectic weeknight, or serve to company. Make sure to cook the chicken breasts until the internal temperature reaches a safe 165 degrees—about six minutes on each side. Save three of these grilled chicken breast halves to make our Hearts of Romaine Caesar Salad with Grilled Chicken. Garnish the plate with grilled lemon slices.
Chicken with Preserved Lemon
Whole lemons preserved in a salty brine are a flavor powerhouse. Look for preserved lemons at specialty stores, or order online from rakuten.com. They work wonders in dishes that can use a tangy, salty punch: Try chopping a little into a grain salad, or mix into a simple pasta dish with parsley, garlic, and grated cheese.
Chicken and Carrots with Lemon Butter Sauce
Lemon-Rosemary-Garlic Chicken and Potatoes
Grilled Lemon Chicken With Fresh Parsley Sauce
Lager and Lemon-Grilled Chicken
Lemon and Oregano-Rubbed Chicken Paillards
Lemon-Ginger Fried Chicken
Giving the chicken a double coat of flour mixture creates a golden crust (without the skin) when pan-fried. We use lemon rind instead of the lemon extract called for in the original recipe. Carefully pour in the broth so you don't wet the crispy brown coating on the chicken. The broth mixture turns into a glazey sauce that can be served with the chicken.
Lemon-Parsley Chicken with Corn and Tomato Salad
For a quick, light weeknight meal, serve Lemon-Parsley Chicken with Corn and Tomato Salad. This meal is ready in just 40 minutes.
Chicken with Lemon-Caper Sauce
This simple chicken recipe features chicken breasts browned in a skillet then topped with a flavorful sauce of lemon juice, capers, parsley, and vermouth. If you don't want to use vermouth, substitute 1/3 cup of chicken broth. Round out the meal by serving the chicken over pasta with a side dish of steamed asparagus.
Lemon-Rosemary Chicken Breasts
Lemon Chicken Pita Burgers with Spiced Yogurt Sauce
Lemon-Herb Roasted Chicken
Zaatar and Lemon Grilled Chicken
Braised Chicken with Honey-Lemon Leeks
Lemony Chicken Saltimbocca
Roasted Chicken with Lemons and Thyme
Paprika, lemon, and thyme lend this simple roast chicken traditional Sephardic flavor. Substitute oregano for thyme, if desired. Garnish with fresh lemon slices or roasted lemon wedges. (To roast, add lemons to the roasting rack during the last 20 minutes of the cooking time.)
Grilled Lemon-Dijon Chicken Thighs with Arugula Salad
Lemon-Herb Chicken Kebabs
Roast Lemon Chicken with Shallots and Potatoes
The chicken and veggies roast together in the oven in this weeknight-friendly, yet perfect-for-company dish. Large roasting chickens tend to have more flavor than smaller "fryers"; many meat departments will order them. Kosher chickens larger than 4 pounds can be difficult to find. You can order them online, or you can roast two 3- to 3 1/2-pound chickens side by side in a large roasting pan (in step 3, divide half the spice mixture evenly between the two chickens).