Lemon Garlic Chicken

This Lemon Garlic Chicken is ready in 15 minutes or less! It’s a great weeknight chicken dinner that is full of flavor and tastes great over rice!

If you like the flavor combinations in this recipe, try our Lemon Chicken with Veggies, or our Asian Honey Garlic Chicken. They both use similar ingredients and are super simple dinners to throw together.

Four Lemon Garlic Chicken Breasts inside a skillet

another easy chicken dinner!

I absolutely love quick and easy dinners!! My life is pretty hectic so I don’t have time for complicated recipes with 20+ ingredients and steps. NO THANKS!

But at the same time, I don’t want dinner to be boring either! I like using chicken breasts because when you cut them in half horizontally they cook up really quickly. Top them with a flavorful sauce and you have a meal the whole family will love.

These juicy, moist, and super flavorful chicken breasts cook quickly on the stovetop. It’s a family-friendly dinner and pairs perfectly with any steamed vegetable or simple side salad and rice.

Ingredients for lemon garlic chicken recipe

the ingredients

  • Chicken breast
  • Flour
  • Lemon
  • Honey
  • Garlic
  • Butter- If you don’t want to use butter you can replace it with your favorite cooking oil.
  • Soy Sauce- I prefer to use a reduced-sodium soy sauce and not the one labeled Dark Soy Sauce. It is a little too overpowering for this dish.

Don’t be fooled by this short list of ingredients because I promise you they give this chicken phenomenal flavor!

Chicken breast dredged in flour

How to make lemon garlic Chicken

PREP CHICKEN. Cut the chicken breasts in half horizontally to make them thinner. This helps them cook faster. Sprinkle each with salt and pepper to taste then dredge each in flour. Melt the butter in a large skillet and brown the chicken breasts. About 3 minutes on each side.

While the chicken is browning prepare your remaining ingredients. This is important because the recipe goes fast and you don’t want to burn the garlic while measuring the other ingredients.

GARLIC SAUCE.  Remove the chicken and set aside. Add the garlic to the pan and stir constantly for 30 seconds. Add remaining ingredients stirring well to combine.

COMBINE. Add chicken back to the pan and turn the chicken to coat in the sauce.

Lemon garlic butter chicken in a skillet

Tips, Tricks + SERving suggestions

Make Extras. You can easily make a few extra chicken breasts and use them in various other recipes throughout the week. Take a look at some of the serving suggestions above!

Store.  Keep any leftovers or extras in an airtight container and store in the fridge for up to three days.

What to serve it with? Here are a few suggestions….

Close up of lemon garlic chicken

For more of our favorite chicken recipes, try:


Lemon Garlic Chicken Recipe

5 from 16 votes
This Lemon Garlic Chicken is ready in 15 minutes or less! It's a great weeknight chicken dinner that is full of flavor and tastes great over rice!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 262 kcal
Author Lil' Luna


  • 2 large boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 tablespoon low sodium soy sauce


  • Cut the chicken breasts in half horizontally to create 4 thinner breasts. Sprinkle each with salt and pepper to taste and coat each in flour.
  • Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken and cook for 3-4 minutes or until golden. Flip and cook for another 3 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.
  • While chicken is browning prepare your remaining ingredients. It is important to have everything ready so the garlic doesn't burn.
  • Remove chicken from the pan and set aside. Add garlic to pan and stir constantly for 30 seconds.
  • Stir in the remaining ingredients. Remove from stove and add chicken to the pan and turn to coat.

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  1. 5 stars
    Thank you for another amazing easy recipe. I love that I was able to serve my family this quick dinner with in minutes!

  2. 5 stars
    The combination of flavors is incredible! I love the soy sauce & garlic, with the hint of lemon. My whole family loved it!

  3. 5 stars
    I’m always on the lookout for more chicken recipes. I have all these ingredients on hand so it’s easy to whip up. They’re good served with rice too.

  4. 5 stars
    Such a easy go to recipe for a week night. The entire family loves it. Add some rice, a veggie and some fruit and dinner is ready in 30 minutes. My kind of meal!

  5. 5 stars
    Just made this tonight on a whim. Made it without the honey because I didn’t want the sugar and the sweetness. This recipe is fantastic and it’s very easy to make

  6. Absolutely disgusting. Way too sweet and way to much honey and lemon. Not sure why this is so highly rated