Total Time
30 Mins
Makes 8 servings

This easy lemon chicken recipe is one of our most popular main dish chicken recipes. With simple flavor additions that don't overpower the dish, the natural flavor of the chicken is allowed to shine. The low ingredient list also makes for a level of ease that allows this dinner to come together in no time at all, which is perfect for a busy weeknight. All you need is 30 minutes. Pair this dish with crisp veggies and a side of rice for a delicious dinner that your family is sure to love. 

How to Make It

Step 1

Cut each chicken breast in half lengthwise. Place chicken between 2 sheets of heavy-duty plastic wrap; flatten to 1/4-inch thickness, using a rolling pin or flat side of a meat mallet. Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper. Lightly dredge chicken in flour, shaking off excess.

Step 2

Melt 1 Tbsp. butter with 1 Tbsp. olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Cook half of chicken in skillet 2 to 3 minutes on each side or until golden brown and done. Transfer chicken to a serving platter, and keep warm. Repeat procedure with 1 Tbsp. butter and remaining olive oil and chicken.

Step 3

Add broth and lemon juice to skillet, and cook 1 to 2 minutes or until sauce is slightly thickened, stirring to loosen particles from bottom of skillet. Add 8 lemon slices.

Step 4

Remove skillet from heat; add parsley and remaining 2 Tbsp. butter, and stir until butter melts. Pour sauce over chicken. Serve immediately. Garnish, if desired.

Chef's Notes

This chicken dish would pair well with sautéed asparagus, green beans (haricots verts), or even broccoli. 

Ratings & Reviews

Venice1's Review

May 14, 2012
Just wanted to mention if you like to keep lemons for future use and no waste, submerge them (washed with peel on) in a bowl of water in the refrigerator. You will have fresh lemons for weeks on end. I currently have had a bowl in my frig for 2 months, and they are beautiful. Wow...what a money saver, and I always have a lemon or zest when needed.

user's Review

October 05, 2011
I had a bunch of lemons I needed to use so tried this recipe. It was fast and extremely tasty. Husband loved it. Served it with green beans and couscous. Will definitely make again. However, I will double the sauce ingredients as there wasn't enough sauce to go with the green beans. Also, I forgot to add the butter at the end, but we didn't even miss it. So I think I will just skip that in the future and save on the calories/fat.


April 19, 2016
I always wanted to try and make this since I normally order it when out at a restaurant. It is super simple and requires ingredients that normally people already have at home. I served it over linguine. Just make sure to make extra sauce if you want your linguine nice a saucy! My picture shows the amount of sauce you get when following this recipe. I sprinkled it with Parmesan cheese once served!


July 28, 2017
I skipped out on the lemon slices and didn't use the plastic wrap or a meat mallet cuz I don't have that stuff so I just basically punched the chicken as flat as I could lol. I cooked for about 4-5 mins on both sides and it did not come out dry at all.Hubby loved it, gobbled down three pieces faster than I could make my plate. Lol no but it was delicious. Thanks for posting!

Perfect Sunday meal

November 05, 2018
I doubled the chicken for our larger family. Easy recipe to follow and turned out perfect. The sauce was the best in my opinion but my hubs thought too lemony. Served with roasted red potatoes.

emily25's Review

July 13, 2010
Very easy to make and my husband and I loved it. I will be making this again!

Bedoor11's Review

June 18, 2012

BrendaCdna312's Review

March 10, 2012
I loved it have made it more than once.

amytaylor23's Review

May 22, 2010
Simple and delicious! This is one we will repeat!

BeverlyDear3's Review

January 07, 2012