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:

Lemon Chicken with BEST Lemon Butter Sauce

4.98 from 1418 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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  • JM
    April 18, 2024

    Fantastic! I didn’t make as much of the butter sauce as the recipe called for, and it was still amazing.

    My chicken breasts were huge, so I needed two skillets. I used one cast iron and one non stick, and both versions were delicious.

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 18, 2024

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

      Reply

  • Glinda
    April 15, 2024

    Omg!! Making it again tonight! So easy! So delish! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      April 15, 2024

      You’re very welcome, Glinda!

      Reply

  • Christy
    April 15, 2024

    Made this per directions tonight! Family loved it!!!!! Used a cast iron skillet, had no problem with sticking. I did pat chicken completely dry before egg wash and dredge . I did let oil heat for a good 5 minutes or so before adding chicken, I did leave chicken alone for a good 5 minutes + before flipping. was very crispy. used exact directions for lemon sauce. was perfect. served with angel hair, wilted spinach.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      April 15, 2024

      Hi Christy, thanks for sharing! I’m so happy that your family enjoyed this recipe!

      Reply

  • Aimee
    April 13, 2024

    This was very tasty and so easy to make! We will definitely be making it again.

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 13, 2024

      Thank you for your feedback, Aimee!

      Reply

  • Meg
    April 13, 2024

    Absolutely DELICIOUS!! So fast and so easy too!! Thank you for sharing this
    (now my ‘go to’ recipe quite often!)

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      April 13, 2024

      You’re very welcome, Meg!

      Reply

  • Diana
    April 12, 2024

    For the make ahead instructions, is there a time limit on how long the chicken can marinate? Can I prep in the morning for dinner or is that too many hours in the egg mixture?

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      April 12, 2024

      Hi Diana! That would be fine. I hope you love the recipe!

      Reply

  • Rina
    April 8, 2024

    This was so delicious, even my picky 9y old ate it and said it was so good! Thank you so much for sharing your cooking, I just recently discovered it and I am a big fan. I also made tiramisu cake from your site and it was super easy and super yummy!

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      April 8, 2024

      That’s so great to hear, Rina!

      Reply

  • Sofiaa
    April 8, 2024

    Made this as an easy weekday dinner, and it was a hit with the hubby and the kids! So, so good! I used less Parmesan cheese and added some Italian seasoned Panko and it came out really good! Will be making this again!

    Reply

  • Solimar
    April 7, 2024

    I made it tonight, and omg… my husband’s comment, “I don’t remember tasting chicken so good like this in a long time!”… I made only one thing different. I marinated the chicken breasts overnight with garlic salt, the brand that has salt, garlic, and parsley. Everything else I made exactly the same. This dish is so delicious! Thanks for sharing such a good recipe.

    Reply

  • Mrs T
    April 6, 2024

    This recipe has become a staple in my house! All of my kids and husband love it, it’s one of their favorites now and they request it weekly! Soooo good!

    Reply

  • Aly
    April 4, 2024

    This was really good. We made it with couscous which paired great. The only thing we adjusted was adding cornstarch as the other reviewers suggested. Thanks for the delicious recipe!

    Reply

  • Lynn
    April 2, 2024

    Delicious! Followed recipe exactly as written. Very flavorful.

    I have made several recipes from Natasha’s Kitchen!

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      April 2, 2024

      Hi Lynn! I’m so glad you’re loving the recipes. Thank you for sharing.

      Reply

  • Marla Johnson
    April 1, 2024

    Very good, easy, and quick. The lemon sauce makes quite a bit so you could consider making just half, or add it to a risotto which is what I did, to serve along side the chicken! Delicious.

    Reply

  • Sharon
    March 31, 2024

    Made this today and served it over mashed potatoes!! Delicious!!

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      April 1, 2024

      That’s a great combo! I’m so glad you loved it!

      Reply

  • Angie
    March 27, 2024

    Awesome recipe ! Super quick, too !!! Made it for my picky grandchildren & they devoured it !
    Thanks for the recipe! It’s a keeper!

    Reply

  • Joanie
    March 27, 2024

    This dish has excellent flavor. The butter, garlic, lemon and parmesan cheese combination is perfect. I will be cooking this recipe again!

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      March 27, 2024

      I’m so glad you loved it, Joanie!

      Reply

  • Gary
    March 26, 2024

    Outstanding dish. I have tried several of Natashas’s recipes and her website and YouTube videos are the best. This Lemon butter chicken is without a doubt, a 10-star recipe. I used boneless, skinless chicken thighs because that’s what I had on hand. I turned down the heat per instructions and got golden brown crust. I find that lemon juice can overpower a recipe, so I carefully measured out the 1/4 cup and it was perfect flavor. This recipe goes in my recipe box.

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      March 27, 2024

      Thank you so much, Gary!

      Reply

  • Debra
    March 22, 2024

    Best recipe I I have tried in a long time, easy to prepare and delicious. My husband, who doesn’t really care for chicken, said this was the best chicken he has ever had!

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      March 22, 2024

      That’s wonderful to hear, Debra!

      Reply

  • Ann Marie
    March 21, 2024

    I’m making your lemon chicken with Ina’s lemon spagetti, hope it comes out good cause I’m feeding 8 people .

    Reply

  • Louella Lapp
    March 17, 2024

    Hi Natasha, I made this recipe for dinner tonight and immediately regretted not inviting some one else over to sample this incredible dish. I have NEVER cooked chicken breasts that turned out so juicy and flavorful. I have loved every recipe of yours that I have tried so far. In fact I have ordered two copies of your cookbook. Keep those recipes and videos coming.

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 17, 2024

      I’m so happy to know that it was a success and that you are enjoying the recipes from my cookbook. Thank you so much for sharing!

      Reply

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