Lemon Butter Chicken


Lemon Butter Chicken is a must try recipe! I’m all about lemon chicken so when you add a butter pan sauce to the mix you know it’s going to be unbelievably tasty. And not only that this chicken is so easy to make and it will come together in no time, making it the perfect dish to serve any day of the week.  

Lemon Butter Chicken

The Perfect Easy Lemon Chicken

I love that this recipe doesn’t require many ingredients yet it still yields amazingly flavorful end results, and it all thanks to that bright lemon and creamy butter. With this recipe you get perfectly tender, golden brown pan seared chicken breasts that are coated in that quick lemon pan sauce.

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Chances are this is a recipe you’ll want on repeat! I love skillet chicken dinners, I mean when you’ve got time a roasted lemon chicken is a good option too but the simplicity of this recipe and that buttery sauce is what makes me favor this recipe more. I could eat that pan sauce by the spoonful!

Those browned bits from the bottom of the pan give it great depth of flavor and the chicken broth helps scrape those up while giving it a good pan sauce consistency. Then the lemon adds the perfect flavor pairing for chicken and the butter makes it nice and rich. You just need to try it!

Lemon butter chicken ingredients chicken olive oil salt pepper chicken broth flour lemon garlic parsley butter

Ingredients for this Lemon Chicken

  • Chicken breasts
  • Flour
  • Salt and pepper
  • Olive oil
  • Butter
  • Garlic (if you love it feel free to add more!)
  • Chicken broth
  • Parsley (which is totally optional)

The chicken breasts I used (pictured above) look big because I’ve already flattened them out but they we’re small to begin with, so be sure you are sticking with 4 small breasts or halving 2 large through their thickness.

Lemon Butter Chicken

How to Make this Lemon Butter Chicken

First you’ll pound the chicken breasts out until you’ve got fairly thin chicken cutlets. For a shortcut here you could buy thin cut chicken.

Then season both sides of the chicken with salt and pepper and dredge each side in flour.

Lemon Butter Chicken

Heat the pan and melt olive oil and butter in pan. Add the chicken breasts and sear on both sides until golden brown and cooked through.

Lemon Butter Chicken

Transfer the chicken to a plate then saute the garlic. Pour in chicken broth then scrape up browned bits from the bottom (it gives it the best flavor!). Stir in lemon juice and bring mixture to a simmer, reduce heat slightly and let simmer until it’s reduced by half, about 2 minutes.

Lemon Butter Chicken

Stir in the butter and lemon zest and melt butter through. Then return chicken to pan, spoon pan sauce over chicken breasts and sprinkle with parsley. Serve chicken warm. See, easy breezy, right?

lemon butter chicken

What to serve with this Lemon Butter Chicken?

One of my go-to side dishes for chicken like so is steamed or roasted asparagus or broccoli, then I also like to serve it with orzo. Cauliflower rice would also be a good healthier alternative to the orzo. I love how that bit of extra sauce goes with the orzo, perfect match. Plus orzo is so lazy and easy.

Lemon Butter Chicken

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Lemon Butter Chicken

5 from 6 votes

The easiest yet tastiest chicken recipe! Pan seared chicken breasts are coated with a bright, tangy and rich lemon butter sauce that will leave you craving more! Perfect recipe for busy weeknights. Serve with orzo and asparagus to complete the meal.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chicken Breast Recipe, lemon chicken
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 341 kcal
Author: Jaclyn


  • 4 (5 oz) chicken breasts*, pounded to an even 1/3-inch thickness
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 4 Tbsp unsalted butter, sliced into 1 Tbsp pieces, divided
  • 1 1/2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 3 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp fresh lemon zest
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp minced fresh parsley (optional)


  1. Season both sides of chicken with salt and pepper.

  2. Place flour in a shallow dish then dredge both sides of chicken breasts in flour, one at a time.

  3. Heat 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat.

  4. Add olive oil and 1 Tbsp butter, let butter melt, then add in chicken breasts  in a single layer.

  5. Sear until golden brown on bottom, about 4 - 5 minutes then flip and continue to cook until chicken registers 165 degrees in center, about 4 - 5 minutes longer.

  6. Transfer chicken to a plate while leaving any little bit of excess oil in pan.

  7. Reduce to medium heat, add garlic and saute 20 seconds, or until just lightly golden brown, then pour in chicken broth while scraping browned bits up.

  8. Pour in lemon juice then bring mixture to a simmer, reduce heat slightly and let simmer until liquid has reduced by about half, about 2 minutes.

  9. Add in remaining 3 Tbsp butter and lemon zest, stir to melt butter. 

  10. Return chicken to skillet, spoon sauce over chicken and garnish with parsley. Serve warm.

  11. Recipe source: inspired by my Lemon Butter Salmon

Recipe Notes

*2 (10 oz.) chicken breasts may be used instead. Then simply butterfly and halve the breasts (cut through the thickness of the 2 large breasts), to create 4.

Nutrition Facts
Lemon Butter Chicken
Amount Per Serving
Calories 341 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 19g 29%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Cholesterol 121mg 40%
Sodium 176mg 7%
Potassium 572mg 16%
Total Carbohydrates 9g 3%
Protein 32g 64%
Vitamin A 10.3%
Vitamin C 10%
Calcium 1%
Iron 6.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


  • mary: Simply delicious ~ my husband and I loved this recipe . I just thickened the sauce a tiny bit and poured it over our garlic mashed potatoes. A keeper for sure. November 15, 2018 at 5:19pm Reply

  • Kelley: Didn’t work for me, but it was operator error. My sauce came out black and very thin. Nothing tasted like lemon either. October 18, 2018 at 1:42pm Reply

  • Yadi: This looks like such a great recipe! Do you have any recommendation if trying to do the recipe with chicken thighs??? October 1, 2018 at 2:18pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Chicken thighs will have to cook longer, then if thighs are large I’d trim in half through the thickness. Other than that everything else should be the same. October 1, 2018 at 6:05pm Reply

      • Yadi: I did the recipe that same night. So easy to follow and came out super delicious. Thanks for sharing! October 3, 2018 at 10:39am Reply

        • Jaclyn: Glad it worked out well for you Yadi! Thanks for your feedback! October 3, 2018 at 10:41am Reply

  • JansinGA: Made this recipe for supper and it was delicious! My whole family enjoyed it! Thank you!! July 20, 2018 at 6:50am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for the 5 stare review! So glad you liked it! July 20, 2018 at 3:02pm Reply

  • Kim Akins: We made it for dinner last night. Best chicken that we have cooked. Love your website. July 12, 2018 at 5:03pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad to hear it’s the best you’ve made Kim! And happy to hear you love my site! Thanks so much for letting me know :)! July 12, 2018 at 7:06pm Reply

  • Alicia: This was a HIT! My husband was so impressed and even my picky toddler cleaned her plate. I doubled the recipe of the lemon sauce for the orzo. This will definitely be a regular meal in my house! Thank you for sharing. July 10, 2018 at 8:38pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I like the idea of doubling the sauce, never too much :). Thanks for the great review Alicia! July 12, 2018 at 7:06pm Reply

  • Heather: Made this for dinner last night, not only was it easy but it was fantastic!! So much flavor. Definitely restaurant quality. July 10, 2018 at 8:02am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m happy to hear you enjoyed it Heather! Thanks for the great review! July 10, 2018 at 10:52am Reply

  • Bethanie: SO glad I found your site, I cooked this last night and my family LOVED it! Your recipes are so easy to follow, this is the second dish of yours I make that comes out DELICIOUS! Thank you, thank you :-D July 6, 2018 at 11:05am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad you liked the two recipes! Thanks for taking the time to leave a review Bethanie! July 6, 2018 at 11:09am Reply

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