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This Quick and Easy Lemon Chicken Recipe requires only a handful of pantry ingredients, but don’t let the simplicity fool you. It’s also outrageously delicious!Lemon Chicken in a cast-iron skillet

This recipe is super easy to make. It’s one of those quick and easy weeknight meals that you’ll want to keep forever. Even picky eaters tend to like it! As written, this recipe calls for marinating directly in a gallon sized resealable bag. If you don’t want to use plastic, you can always marinate in a shallow dish. Simply whisk the marinade in a mixing bowl, place your chicken into a shallow dish or bowl, and pour the marinade right over.

Can this recipe be used with chicken thighs?

Yes it can! You can use skin-on, bone-in chicken thighs for this recipe, or boneless skinless chicken thighs. The cooking time will change slightly, depending on the size and thickness of your thighs. When using skin-on, be sure to render the skin by cooking it directly against the hot pan. This will help crisp it up. Cook with the skin side down first, and then flip to finish.

Can I add vegetables to the skillet?

This same seasoning works great on vegetables as well so you can create an entire dinner in just one skillet. Be sure to make a separate batch of the marinade for vegetables to avoid cross contamination. Vegetables that work well, diced red potatoes, zucchini, green beans, and asparagus.

Close up of Lemon Chicken in a cast-iron skillet

How long should I marinate the chicken? Do I have to marinate it?

If you are in a hurry, you can absolutely skip the marinating time in this recipe. The chicken won’t have absorbed as much flavor, but it will still delicious. We recommend a minimum marinating time of 30 minutes for chicken and up to 8 hours. But when all else fails, it still works without marinating.

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Lemon Chicken in a cast-iron skillet
This Quick and Easy Lemon Chicken Recipe requires only a handful of pantry ingredients, but don't let the simplicity fool you. It's also outrageously delicious!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 14 minutes
Total Time 19 minutes
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 lemons juiced (1/2 cup)
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons lemon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • Place chicken breasts in a gallon-size resealable plastic bag. Pour in lemon juice, olive oil, lemon pepper, basil, oregano, and salt. Shake it a bit so all the chicken get covered.
  • Let marinate in the fridge for 30 minutes or up to 8 hours.
  • Heat a heavy skillet over medium high heat.
  • Remove the chicken from the marinade and place directly into the hot skillet. Discard any remaining marinade.
  • Cook chicken 6 to 7 minutes per side, flipping halfway through. Continue cooking until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Serve hot. Garnish with freshly chopped parsley and lemon slices (optional).


Calories: 210kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 72mg | Sodium: 278mg | Potassium: 505mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 35IU | Vitamin C: 29.9mg | Calcium: 38mg | Iron: 1.2mg
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Lemon Chicken

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Could you bake this chicken instead? If so what temperature and time would you use?


5 stars
I made this last night for my meal prep. It was amazing! It actually made me excited to eat healthy. I bought 2 chicken breasts (1.25 pounds) that the butcher cut thinly and I used the same amount of seasonings listed on the recipe. This is definitely going to be a repeat recipe and something that I can make for friends and family. Thank you!


5 stars
So much flavor. family favorite

4 stars
The lemon pepper I had turned out to be past its prime , So I zested the lemons and added black pepper to the marinade. I decided to bake in the oven using the link you provided to another reader . My family enjoyed this and I will certainly make it again .


Fabulous! Added asparagus I had marinated after chicken was cooked and served with a side of risotto!


will you get the same results in regular frying pan i dont have a cast irom skillet

The best chicken recipe I have tried. The flavor is amazing. So easy to prepare. It was such a hit with my family I made it two nights in a row.


5 stars


5 stars
Very good and quick to make.. it is a repeat now…

Shae Brown

5 stars
This was the simplist recipe ever and the taste was unbelievable!! I fixed this for the first time about a month ago and forgot to leave a review, but my family loved it. I just marinated my second batch for tomorrow’s dinner. I followed the recipe as stated and marinated the chicken for at least 15 hours both times. If I were able to post a pic of my finished product, I would have. Thanks for sharing your recipe!

Cornelia Morris

I try many of your receipies and my husband and I just loves them


5 stars
Simply amazing, so yummy! Thank you for sharing this recipe, definitely a keeper!


5 stars
Am off work atm with injuries so trying to be useful by making meals for the family . Have found these recipes to be easy to follow and very tasty even for someone with a little cooking experience like I have . Keep up the great work


I couldn’t give this recipe five stars like I wanted, so I am hopeful it sticks this time.


This recipe made outstanding tasting chicken in a short amount of time. I made it with “Garlic Bread” Roasted Potatoes and Roasted Cherry Tomatoes which had great complimentary flavors for a dinner menu. Everything was so delicious but the cherry tomatoes were such a surprise, I couldn’t stop eating them. Wrote this up as a meal to serve for company. Thank you so much!

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