This parmesan-crusted Lemon Chicken Recipe is so EASY to make and completely ready in 30 minutes! The quick garlic and lemon butter sauce enhances the flavor of the chicken and adds so much flavor to the dish!

Homemade lemon chicken recipe in a skillet topped with a lemon butter sauce and fresh lemon slices then garnished with herbs.

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Lemon Chicken Recipe:

This dish is going to become a favorite chicken dinner recipe for BUSY evenings. The chicken breast is generously coated in parmesan and pan-fried to give it a crispy crust. The chicken is then smothered in a lemon butter sauce with garlic that adds so much flavor to the chicken.

We love easy 30-minute chicken recipes for busy weeknights and some of our go-to’s include Chicken Marsala, classic Chicken Parmesan and of course this easy lemon garlic chicken. With these recipes in your arsenal, you can make restaurant-quality meals for a fraction of the price of eating out.

Parmesan crusted chicken breast on a bed of mashed potatoes and zucchini in a lemon butter sauce topped with greens.

How to Make Lemon Chicken:

With just a few simple ingredients a few minutes of prep time, you can have yourself the most DELICIOUS crispy chicken breast in a buttery garlic lemon sauce!

  1. Cut chicken in half lengthwise and beat with a meat mallet to an even thickness.
  2. Prepare Egg Mixture – whisk together eggs, garlic, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper.
  3. Prepare Parmesan Mixture – in a separate bowl, mix together the parmesan cheese and flour.
  4. Dredge the Chicken – coat in the egg mixture, then generously coat in parmesan mixture, shaking off excess.
  5. Cook Chicken. Add oil to a hot skillet then add breaded chicken and cook 4-5 minutes per side, until golden brown and the internal temperature reads 165˚F with an Instant Read Thermometer.

Cook’s Tip If the chicken crust begins to brown too quickly, reduce heat allowing the chicken to fully cook through.

Step-by-step collage instructions how to make lemon chicken with lemon butter sauce.

How to Make Lemon Butter Sauce:

This 5-minute EASY lemon butter sauce will become a staple in your home. The sauce is tangy from the fresh lemon and butter and the garlic just brings all the flavors together – SO GOOD!

For a quicker dinner, prepare the lemon sauce in a separate saucepan or skillet while the chicken is cooking. Then just pour the sauce over the chicken once it is cooked. Or, you can just cook the chicken, remove it from the skillet (cover to keep warm) and prepare the sauce in the same skillet, then add the chicken back.

  1. Saute the garlic and butter until fragrant.
  2. Whisk in the lemon juice, chicken broth, Italian seasoning, and pepper. Allow the sauce to cook over med heat for about 2 minutes.

NOTE: We love the fresh and tangy lemon flavor in this recipe. If you prefer a less lemony flavor, reduce the lemon juice.

Parmesan crusted chicken with a lemon butter sauce in a skillet topped lemon slices.

Can I make this Ahead?

If you like to prep dinner in advance, slice the chicken and add it to the egg mixture, cover and refrigerate until you are ready for dinner. Allowing the chicken to marinate will result in a juicier and more tender chicken breast. Then, just continue with the remaining recipe instructions.

Can I make the Lemon Chicken without Parmesan Crust?

Yes! For a healthier option, completely omit the egg mixture and parmesan mixture. Slice the chicken breast and season with salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning. Then, continue with the preparation of the sauce.

Substituting for Chicken Thighs?

This lemon chicken will work with chicken breast, chicken thighs, and even chicken tenderloins. You will want to prepare the recipe according to the instructions, the only difference will be in the cooking time. The cook time will depend on the size of the thighs, you want the internal temperature to reach 165F on an instant-read thermometer.

Adding Vegetables to the Chicken in Skillet:

Yes, you may definitely add vegetables to complete the dish. Asparagus, green beans, and zucchini will all go great with the lemon sauce and compliment the chicken

Easy 30-minute Chicken Lemon on a plate with mashed potatoes and zucchini topped with lemon butter.

I can’t wait for you to give this simple chicken dinner recipe a try!

What to Serve with Lemon Chicken?

The EASY chicken dish is completely ready in just 30 minutes and can be served with our Mashed Potatoes or your favorite pasta and it pairs well with Caesar Salad.

More Chicken Recipes to Try:

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Lemon Chicken with BEST Lemon Butter Sauce

4.98 from 1412 votes
Author: Valentina Ablaev
Lemon chicken in lemon butter sauce in skillet garnished with lemon slices
This parmesan-crusted Lemon Chicken Recipe is easy and done in 30 minutes! The quick lemon butter sauce pairs so well with the chicken.
Prep Time: 18 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients 

Servings: 4 people

Ingredients for Parmesan Crusted Chicken:

  • 1 1/2 lb chicken breast, (2 large), patted dry with paper towels
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil , to sautee
  • 1 Tbsp parsley, to garnish (optional)
  • 1/2 lemon, sliced for garnish (optional)

For the Egg Mixture:

For the Parmesan Breading Mixture:

Ingredients for Lemon Butter Sauce:

Instructions

  • Cut the chicken breasts in half lengthwise. Lightly beat with a meat mallet until even in thickness.
  • In a bowl, whisk together the ingredients for the egg mixture. In another bowl, combine the ingredients for the parmesan mixture. Dip chicken into the egg mixture, then dredge chicken in the parmesan mixture. Allow any excess ingredients to fall off from each bowl.
  • In a large skillet, heat enough oil to cover the bottom of a skillet. Once hot, add the chicken and cook 4-5 minutes per side, or until crispy, golden and cooked through to 165˚F on an Instant Read Thermometer. Reduce the heat if chicken browns too quickly.
  • Meanwhile, in a separate saucepan, melt butter and garlic, cook until fragrant. Add the chicken broth, lemon juice and pepper. Allow the sauce to cook for about 2 minutes. Pour the sauce over the cooked chicken, turning to coat. Garnish with lemon slices and finely chopped parsley if desired.

Nutrition Per Serving

560kcal Calories9g Carbs46g Protein38g Fat20g Saturated Fat273mg Cholesterol1109mg Sodium738mg Potassium1g Fiber1g Sugar1105IU Vitamin A17mg Vitamin C322mg Calcium2mg Iron
Nutrition Facts
Lemon Chicken with BEST Lemon Butter Sauce
Amount per Serving
Calories
560
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
38
g
58
%
Saturated Fat
 
20
g
125
%
Cholesterol
 
273
mg
91
%
Sodium
 
1109
mg
48
%
Potassium
 
738
mg
21
%
Carbohydrates
 
9
g
3
%
Fiber
 
1
g
4
%
Sugar
 
1
g
1
%
Protein
 
46
g
92
%
Vitamin A
 
1105
IU
22
%
Vitamin C
 
17
mg
21
%
Calcium
 
322
mg
32
%
Iron
 
2
mg
11
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: lemon chicken
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $$
Calories: 560

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Valentina Ablaev

I am Valentina, the creator behind the food blog Valentina’s Corner where I share our family’s favorite recipes. When I am not in the kitchen, I enjoy spending quality time with my husband and 5 children. We invite you to join us on our blogging journey!

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  • Bren
    May 19, 2024

    The method for making the sauce is excellent but I found it had WAY too much butter. Will try recipe again using half of what is stated. In fact, I had leftover chicken that didn’t get served so I will make another pot of sauce with half butter and use a cornstarch slurry to thicken it a bit. I already have lemon and garlic prepped😁

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 19, 2024

      Hi there, feel free to adjust the amount of butter next time according to your personal preference.

      Reply

  • Jennifer
    May 15, 2024

    This recipe was absolutely delicious there was literally no left overs. I kinda tweaked it by adding herbamare to the Parm mix, thickening the butter mixture with cornstarch mix and adding pepper to it as well. It was honestly what I was craving and will definitely be making it again.

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 15, 2024

      That’s a good addiiton to the recipe. Thanks a lot for sharing and for your review!

      Reply

  • Rena Aubrey
    May 12, 2024

    Best I have ever tasted. the hubs went back for seconds. and the sauce there are no words to describe it. “EXCEPT “FABULOUS”.

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 13, 2024

      Thank you for the aewsome feedback and review!

      Reply

  • Colleen McLeod
    May 8, 2024

    Loved the Parmesan coating on this dish! The next time I make this, I will be making a thicker, more lemon forward sauce, (perhaps to dip the chicken in?), as I found that the coating lost it’s crispiness

    Reply

  • Steve Floccari
    May 5, 2024

    Great recipe, delicious meal. I thickened the sauce a little with a roux before adding the broth/lemon juice.

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 6, 2024

      Thank you for sharing, Steve! Great to hear that you enjoyed it!

      Reply

  • Alejandra Andonaegui
    April 29, 2024

    Can I make this Ahead?

    You said slice the chicken ? How? Likely completely or just slits in the chicken and just let it sit in the egg mixture in the fridge until I am ready to cook it correct? Please advise thanks

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      April 29, 2024

      Hi Alejandra. See step 1 in the recipe card for instructions on how to slice and prepare the chicken breast. Then proceed as instructed in the make-ahead note once you’ve sliced your chicken.

      Reply

  • Mercy
    April 28, 2024

    I enjoyed the lemony flavor. Best breading recipe I have experienced, crispy, beautiful golden color, and it doesn’t separate from the meat while cooking.

    Reply

  • Linda
    April 23, 2024

    Made the Chicken Piccata last night. So easy and so delicious. My husband is a big fan. Definitely going in the rotation.
    Love Love

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      April 23, 2024

      Great to hear that, Linda! Thanks to you both and hope your fam will love all of the recipes that you will try!

      Reply

  • Lynn Brown
    April 23, 2024

    This was so good I love lemon chicken it’s the best. I swear I must have been Greek in my last life because that’s actually where this recipe came from the Greeks.

    Reply

  • Sara
    April 22, 2024

    Extremely enjoyable. I served pith with broccoli, carrots, and wild rice.

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 22, 2024

      I’m so happy you enjoyed that. Thank you for sharing that with us, Sara!

      Reply

  • Brenda S Harve
    April 22, 2024

    I am wondering if it will turn out OK if I substitute Almond flour for all purpose flour. It’s the only item that keeps this from being a Keto recipe but I would love to try.

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 22, 2024

      Hi Brenda, I haven’t tried that to advise. Although one of my readers mentioned this: “I’ve made this with oat flour instead of AP and it came out perfectly. I imagine you could also sub almond or gluten free flour without it affecting the outcome.” I hope this helps.

      Reply

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