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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 outrageously delicious!

Close up view of lemon chicken in a skillet.

This recipe is super easy to make, and absolutely delicious. It’s one of those quick and easy weeknight meals that you’ll want to keep forever because miraculously, even picky eaters tend to like it! All you have to do is pick a couple of easy sides to go with it, and you have yourself a full meal. Meals like this are what we grew up on, and we still love it just as much as we did decades ago. If you are tired of fighting with your kids to finish their dinner, this is the recipe for you. As a bonus, you’ll love it too!

Do I have to marinate in a plastic bag?

No, you can always marinate in a shallow dish. Simply whisk the marinade in a mixing bowl, place your chicken in, 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
  • Asparagus

Serving Suggestions:

We love lemon chicken with a side of rice pilaf, a good helping of veggies, and always with a dinner roll. 

Overhead view of lemon chicken.

Storage and Reheating Instructions: 

Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to five days. Reheat in an oiled skillet on the stovetop over medium-low heat until warmed through. 

If you liked this recipe, you may be interested in these other easy, and tasty chicken dishes:

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Close up view of lemon chicken in a 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 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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