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This flavorful lemon garlic chicken is ready in 15 minutes or less! It’s a great weeknight chicken dinner.

If you like the flavor combinations in this lemon garlic chicken, 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 in a cast iron 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.

This juicy, moist, and super flavorful lemon garlic chicken cooks quickly on the stovetop. It’s a family-friendly dinner and pairs perfectly with Oven Roasted Vegetables or a simple side salad and Rice.

Ingredients for lemon chicken on a counter.

Quick and Simple Dinner

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

PREP. 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.

COOK. Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Place chicken into the pan and cook for 3-4 minutes or until golden. Flip and cook for another 3 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.

While the chicken is browning, prepare your remaining ingredients. It is important to have everything ready so the garlic doesn’t burn.

SEASON. Remove chicken from the pan and set aside. Add garlic to the 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 in the buttery lemon garlic sauce.

Chicken breast dredged in flour.

Recipe Tips

Lemon garlic chicken breast is packed with lemon flavor and comes out perfectly cooked with these suggestions.

Lemon. 1 medium lemon can produce 2-3 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice. Increase the lemon flavor by adding lemon zest.

Add extra flavor with fresh thyme, rosemary, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, or red pepper flakes.

Garnish with parsley flakes and slices of lemon. 

Temperature. Use an instant-read thermometer to check the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165°F.

To grill the chicken. Combine the garlic, lemon juice, honey, and soy sauce in a Ziploc and add 4 tablespoons of olive oil instead of butter. Add the chicken to the marinade and let it sit for 30-60 minutes. Do not marinate for longer than 2 hours.

Browning chicken in a cast iron skillet.

Storing + Serving Tips

STORE. Keep any leftover garlic lemon honey chicken in an airtight container and store them in the fridge for up to three days.

Serving suggestions. You can serve this chicken with a side of Garlic Butter Pasta, Baked Parmesan Asparagus, or Oven Roasted Red Potatoes Here are a few more suggestions:

Close up of lemon garlic chicken in a cast iron skillet.

Recipe FAQ

Can I make creamy lemon garlic chicken?

You can absolutely make a creamier sauce with this dish. Wisk about ¼ cup of heavy cream when you stir the ingredients into the pan in step 5. Do not let the sauce boil.

Can I make lemon garlic chicken with chicken thighs?

You can substitute the chicken breasts with 4 boneless skinless chicken thighs. You do not need to cut the thighs in half, but you can use a meat mallet to even out the thickness.

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5 from 26 votes

Lemon Garlic Chicken Recipe

By: Lil’ Luna
This flavorful lemon garlic chicken is ready in 15 minutes or less! It's a great weeknight chicken dinner.
Servings: 4
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 15 minutes

Ingredients 

  • 2 large boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • salt and black pepper to taste
  • 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
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Instructions 

  • 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 the 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 the 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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Nutrition

Calories: 262kcal, Carbohydrates: 24g, Protein: 13g, Fat: 13g, Saturated Fat: 8g, Cholesterol: 66mg, Sodium: 300mg, Potassium: 220mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 18g, Vitamin A: 367IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 9mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
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18 Comments

  1. Jp says:

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

    1. Lil'Luna Team says:

      Thanks for the feedback and for giving the recipe a try!

  2. Brent says:

    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

    1. Lil'Luna Team says:

      So glad to hear you enjoyed the recipe!! Thanks for giving it a try!

  3. Annette says:

    5 stars
    A freaking mazing, is what this recipe is. Loved it.

    1. Lil'Luna Team says:

      Oh thank you!! So so happy to hear you loved the dish.

  4. Lisa says:

    5 stars
    Quick and easy to make for a week night meal and the whole family likes it!

    1. Kristyn Merkley says:

      Glad your family likes it! Thank you!

  5. Lisa Filer says:

    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!

    1. Kristyn Merkley says:

      Glad it’s your kind of meal! It’s great with so many things! Thank you!

  6. Olivia says:

    5 stars
    A verY tasty chicken! Quick and easy to prepare.

  7. kristina says:

    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.

  8. Katie says:

    5 stars
    My family would go crazy for this! Can’t wait to try it.

  9. Joy says:

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

  10. Natalya D. says:

    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!