Chicken With Lemon Sauce Recipes

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Chinese Lemon Chicken

This scrumptious Chinese Lemon Chicken has an incredibly tasty and crispy coating, served with a delicious lemon sauce and is ready in just 30 minutes! This is a classic Chinese takeout recipe, but can be easily made at home!

chinese lemon chicken on a serving platter garnished with green onions.

Chinese Lemon Chicken Recipe

Chinese Lemon Chicken is such a classic takeout dish, almost as popular as the Orange Chicken. But if I had to pick a favorite, I’d probably go with this lemon chicken. I’m talking about a super crispy coating and a totally addicting lemon sauce. When paired together, it’s a match made in heaven!

This lemon chicken comes with plenty of sauce, and it’s such a delicious lemon sauce with a bit of sweetness added to it. But the best part of this chicken dish is the super crispy coating, so go ahead and keep on reading to see how it’s done.

Why You Should Make This Lemon Chicken

  • Easy Fast Steps
  • Super Crispy Chicken
  • Ready in just 30 Minutes
  • Crowd Favorite
  • Perfect for Busy Weeknights

Ingredients You’ll Need

overhead shot of ingredients needed to make chinese lemon chicken.
  • Chicken: I am using chicken breast for this recipe, sliced in half to get a thinner form. Boneless chicken thighs work as well.
  • Eggs: Two large eggs will be used to help the flour and cornstarch mix to stick to the chicken pieces.
  • Seasoning: Salt and pepper to taste.
  • Olive Oil: Regular or extra virgin works well.
  • Cornstarch and Flour: Besides using it to thicken our lemon sauce, this is my secret ingredient that I use to dredge the chicken through. Combine this cornstarch with some flour and we got ourselves super crispy coating on our breast fillets.
  • Butter: I usually use unsalted butter so I can control the intake of sodium in this recipe.
  • Lemon: One lemon will be cut into wedges and the other will be juiced.
  • Sugar: Regular granulated sugar works well.
  • Broth: I like to use chicken broth for this recipe with low sodium.
  • Green Onions: roughly chop them to garnish the final dish.

How To Make Chinese Lemon Chicken

  1. Prepare the Chicken. Slice the chicken breasts in half lengthwise (butterflied) to get two thinner pieces from each breast. Combine the eggs with salt and pepper in a shallow bowl. In another bowl combine the ½ cup cornstarch with the flour and mix well. Dredge the chicken through the egg first, then through the flour mixture.
  2. Cooking your Chicken. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the chicken to the skillet, as many as you can fit, and fry for 3 to 4 minutes on each side or until golden and crispy. Transfer the chicken to a paper towel lined plate and repeat with remaining chicken.
  3. Make the Sauce. Drain any leftover oil from the skillet. Add the butter to the skillet and melt. Add the lemon juice, sugar, chicken broth, ¼ tsp salt and 1 tbsp of cornstarch. Whisk everything well together and cook until the sauce has thickened and is smooth.
  4. Ready to Serve. Slice the chicken into thin strips and pour lemon sauce over. Serve with rice.
process shots showing how to make lemon sauce for chinese lemon chicken.

Do I Have To Use Only Chicken Breasts?

Absolutely not. You can work with boneless chicken thighs as well. Just make the chicken gets fully cooked. Chicken is fully cooked when the internal temperature reaches 165°F.

Can I Add Some Veggies To This Lemon Chicken?

For sure! Try adding some asparagus, green beans or even zucchini! They will complement the chicken nicely.

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 Chicken in a skillet. Chicken cutlets are pan seared and golden brown and served in a rich butter sauce, garnished with parsley.

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.

Want to see how easy this Lemon Butter Chicken Recipe is? Watch the video!

Lemon Butter Chicken

With this recipe you get perfectly tender, golden brown pan seared chicken breasts that are coated in that quick lemon pan sauce.

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!

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
  • Lemon
  • 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 Lemon 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 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

Lemon Butter Chicken

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.

Servings: 4

Prep15 minutes

Cook15 minutes

Ready in: 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 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)

Instructions

  • Season both sides of chicken with salt and pepper.
  • Place flour in a shallow dish then dredge both sides of chicken breasts in flour, one at a time.
  • Heat 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Add olive oil and 1 Tbsp butter, let butter melt, then add in chicken breasts  in a single layer.
  • 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.
  • Transfer chicken to a plate while leaving any little bit of excess oil in pan.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Add in remaining 3 Tbsp butter and lemon zest, stir to melt butter. 
  • Return chicken to skillet, spoon sauce over chicken and garnish with parsley. Serve warm.
  • Recipe source: inspired by my Lemon Butter Salmon

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

Chicken in a Lemon Butter Sauce

Chicken in a Lemon Butter Sauce made with boneless chicken breasts sautéed; then topped with a lemon butter sauce. Perfect for weeknight dinners or large get togethers.

How many of you are over 40? Well if you’re not there yet, let me tell you that once you pass that milestone the brain goes. I don’t know where it goes, but information is cycled in and out on a daily basis and you only get to keep what’s happening in the near future in the forefront.

That is until you wake up in the middle of the night remembering something that was funneled in at one point and you forgot all about it. Now, these can be REALLY important things or things that in the grand scheme of things aren’t as important but they matter nonetheless.

Which brings me to today’s post. About 2 weeks ago, I woke up and remembered that my Aunt Renee had asked me if I had a Chicken with Lemon Butter Sauce recipe.

Lemon Chicken on a plate.

At the time, all I had was a Chicken Francaise recipe (which is in the cookbook), but she said that wasn’t it as it wasn’t battered in egg. So I told her I’d make it soon and gone it went into the abyss!

It’s generally hard for me to make something that I haven’t tasted before myself, but this one seemed easy enough. Well, at least I hope it’s the same thing she was thinking of.

So I made this Chicken with Lemon Butter Sauce in honor of my aunt and I hope she likes it. Since she lives in Michigan and I’m in New Jersey, it’s not like I can have her try it out with me there.

HOW DO YOU MAKE CHICKEN WITH A LEMON BUTTER SAUCE?

To make this recipe you’ll need boneless chicken breasts, flour, oil, butter, garlic, chicken broth, lemons, chives and thyme. Start by slicing the chicken horizontally into three or four thinner pieces, then pound flat using a meat mallet. Dredge the chicken into the flour until all pieces have been coated.

Next, heat the oil and butter in a large non-stick saute pan, then add the chicken. Allow to brown and cook through on each side; approximately 3-5 minutes per side depending on their thickness.

Once done, place in an oven safe dish until all of the pieces have been cooked.While the chicken is cooking, make the lemon butter sauce. First, melt butter in a medium saucepan and add the garlic. Saute for 1 minute, then whisk in the flour forming a roux.

Chicken in a Lemon Butter Sauce vertical

HOW DO YOU MAKE THE LEMON BUTTER SAUCE?

Gradually add the chicken broth, whisking as you’re pouring so as not to form lumps. Next, add in the lemon zest and juice, chives, and thyme. Bring to a boil then allow to simmer for 5 minutes until slightly thickened. Season with salt and pepper.

Top  the chicken with the sauce, then bake in a 350 degree F oven for 15-20 minutes until hot and bubbly.

Seriously, this is one of the best lemon sauces for chicken I’ve ever tasted! Since posting recipe my aunt tried it and said it was spot on! In fact, she has made this recipe over and over again since its first posting.

WHAT ARE THEY SAYING?

  • “Wow!! Made this tonight for dinner, and it was delish!! I love lemon chicken, but most recipes are too lemony or too thick or too something. Carrie, this was perfect! Thanks so much for sharing and taking time out of your day to write a blog. I appreciate you!”
  • I have made this a few times now…rarely do I comment on recipes (even the really good ones), but this recipe is fabulous! Super simple, a person doesn’t need to go buy a tons of ingredients as a lot of the items can be found in a typical kitchen, and it is amazingly delicious. Thanks for food blogging for the benefit of the rest of us ;).”
  • “I make lemon chicken all the time, many different ways. This is my all time favorite recipe!!! So flavorful! I added fresh broccoli and cauliflower to the pan with the chicken, then poured on the sauce and baked. SO GOOD!”
  • “I made this dish in a mad rush as my husband and son had limited time before heading out the door. I love that the ingredients aren’t complicated and neither is the technique. Because of it’s simplicity and my haste, I really didn’t have high hopes that I’d be wowed. I ended up having seconds. I never have seconds. And I had the left overs for lunch the next day. I’ll be making this again soon for sure. Thank you for sharing such a tasty, easy recipe.

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