Lemon Butter Chicken is a delicious quick dinner idea that is flavourful, has easy prep, and is high in protein. It can be made in one skillet and can be served for lunch or dinner.
About This Recipe
Crispy and tender chicken pieces dunked in the creamiest Lemon Butter Sauce ever – this Lemon Butter Chicken will surely satisfy your taste buds.
It is irresistible and easy to make this one-pan dish, where chicken is coated with an All-Purpose Flour and Cheese mixture, pan-fried, and then dunked into a delicious buttery sauce.
These chicken pieces have a subtle zingy hint of lemon flavor and lemon zest and the spices.
This Lemon Butter Chicken is one such mouthwatering dish that I often make on busy days for quick dinners. You can even bake the chicken pieces instead of pan-frying them, before adding it into the lemon butter sauce.
This chicken is perfect for your Brunch meals, so don’t forget to make this during the weekend.
And this creamy sauce which basically has no cream in it is absolutely heavenly. I assure you won’t be able to resist this inviting sauce once you taste it.
This Lemon Butter Chicken is,
- Lip Smacking
- Buttery and Creamy
- Perfect for weekday meals
- Easy to make
- Loaded with zesty Lemon flavor
Chicken – Boneless chicken breast is pounded first before using to make this chicken recipe. High in protein, I make sure that I include Chicken is one of my week’s meals.
I have used chicken breast but you can use chicken thighs too. But make sure that the cooking time will be different, as Chicken Thighs take more time than Chicken Breast to cook.
To coat the Chicken – We will coat the chicken with just 4 ingredients before pan-frying it – All-Purpose Flour, Parmesan Cheese, Salt, and Pepper.
The cheese adds a yummy taste in the pan-fried chicken which is lightly flavored with salt and pepper.
Olive Oil – Use good quality olive oil to pan-fry the chicken. If you do not have olive oil, you can use any vegetable oil for the same.
For the Sauce – These yummy pieces of chicken are dunked into a delectable sauce which is made of lemon juice, lemon zest, garlic, red chili flakes, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper, cold butter, and parsley.
Lemon Juice and Zest together add such a nice zesty flavor in this buttery sauce, which is hard to resist. You can even add Orange Juice and Zest instead of Lemon to make this Sauce.
There are a lot of Italian Seasonings available in the market, but if you can’t find it you can even use a combination of red chili flakes, dried basil, oregano, and black pepper.
This Saucy is buttery and creamy and why not! As butter is one of the key ingredients that affect the taste of the sauce, go for a high-quality one.
You can also add in garlic powder instead of fresh garlic, but the taste which fresh garlic delivers is hard to match.
Step By Step Recipe
Pound the chicken breast until they are thin.
Mix all-purpose flour, parmesan cheese, salt, and pepper in a bowl. I shredded the cheese but powdering it will be better.
Dredge the chicken breast in the flour mixture.
Heat olive oil in a skillet. Add the chicken breast in the hot pan and cook for 4-5 minutes on each side until nicely browned.
Remove once done and keep aside.
Add the ingredients to make the sauce in the pan except the butter. Cook until the sauce is reduced to ⅓rd. You can use the same pan to make the sauce in which you cooked the chicken.
Add butter and cook until everything comes together.
Pour the sauce over the chicken pieces. Garnish with parsley and serve hot.
Frequently Asked Questions
If you have a slow cooker at home, you can try making this recipe in that too.
Just add in all the ingredients in the slow cooker and cook on high heat for about 3 to 4 hours.
Add the flour-coated Chicken in the Baking Sheet. Spray some olive oil and then bake for about 15 to 25 minutes.
You can pound and coat the chicken with the flour mixture and refrigerate it until you want to prepare it.
Making the sauce is really easy and hardly takes any time. The time your Chicken is getting pan-fried, you can get the sauce ready.
No matter how you cook a chicken breast, one step is very important, to pound the Chicken. Chicken pieces vary in thickness, and pounding helps to get them to an even thickness so that they cook also evenly.
Pounding also tenderizes the chicken, which results in a tender cooked chicken.
If you are looking for a healthier alternative, just season the boneless chicken breast with salt, pepper, and a bit of Italian Seasoning and then pan fry the chicken from both the sides. Once done, pour the sauce over it and enjoy it.
Gluten-Free – If you are looking for a gluten-free alternative, you can use gluten-free flour instead of all-purpose flour.
You can also avoid coating the chicken with all-purpose flour and just grill the chicken and flavor it with salt and pepper.
Dunk this grilled chicken in the lemon butter sauce and your gluten-free chicken is ready to be served.
With Vegetables – Vegetables such as Asparagus, Broccoli, Green Beans, and Zucchini goes well along with this lemon butter sauce. Cook the veggies in the same pan after cooking the chicken.
Saucy – If you want to make your chicken a little saucy, then you can add in some chicken broth in the sauce.
The flavors from the chicken broth compliment the lemon sauce really well and make this dish even more delicious.
To thicken the sauce, add some cornflour slurry and cook until the sauce is thick.
If you have leftovers, you can store it in an airtight container for about a day or 2 in the refrigerator. You can use the leftover chicken to make a zesty Chicken salad the next day.
This Lemony Chicken tastes great on its own, but you can also serve some refreshing salads on the side such as Broccoli Apple Salad, Greek Salad, or just some grilled vegetables such as asparagus, carrots, beans, etc.
You can also serve some Mashed Potatoes, Roasted Potatoes, or even a Cilantro Lime Potato Salad on the side if serving for your brunch.
Serve it on a bed of plain Steamed Rice or Herbed Rice. The buttery sauce tastes really well with the same. It even tastes great with Pasta or Cauliflower Rice.
You can also serve some Spaghetti or Linguine by the side.
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Lemon Butter Chicken Recipe
- 3-4 Boneless Chicken Breast
- ¼ cup All Purpose Flour
- 2 tbsp Parmesan Cheese (Powdered)
- 2 tbsp Olive Oil
- Salt (to taste)
- Black Pepper Powder (to taste)
For the sauce
- ½ cup Lemon Juice
- 1 tsp Lemon Zest
- 2 tsp Garlic (minced)
- 1 tsp Red Chilli Flakes
- 1 tsp Italian Seasoning
- Salt (to taste)
- Black Pepper Powder (to taste)
- 6 tbsp Cold Butter (cut into cubes)
- 1 tbsp Parsley (chopped)
- Pound the chicken breast until they are thin.
- Mix all purpose flour, parmesan cheese, salt and pepper in a bowl.
- Dredge the chicken breast in the flour mixture.
- Heat olive oil in a skillet.
- Add the chicken breast in the hot pan and cook for 4-5 minutes on each side until l nicely browned.
- Remove once done and keep aside.
- Add the ingredients to make the sauce in another pan except the butter.
- Cook until the sauce is reduced to ⅓rd.
- Add butter and cook until everything comes together.
- Pour the sauce over the chicken pieces.
- Garnish with parsley and serve hot.