RecipeLemon Butter Chicken

Nutrition Facts
Amount per Serving
  • Calories: 155
  • Protein: 31g
  • Total Fat: 4g
    • Saturated Fat: 1g
  • Cholesterol: 85mg
  • Total Carbohydrate: 2g
  • Dietary Fiber: 0.5g
  • Total Sugar: 0g
  • Sodium: 570mg

Fresh lemons bring a burst of citrus flavor to this simple and satisfying chicken dish. It’s one of my go-to recipes—I love that it comes together very quickly, incorporates everyday ingredients and looks beautiful on a serving platter, thanks to the rustic sprigs of thyme and bright yellow sliced lemons.

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This recipe makes 6 Servings
  • 6 boneless skinless chicken breasts (about 2 pounds total)
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme + extra sprigs to garnish, optional
  • 4 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon fresh ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons whipped butter, melted

Place the chicken beasts, lemon zest, sliced lemons, chopped thyme and garlic in a large bowl and toss everything to mix. Let the chicken marinate at room temperature for 30 minutes (or longer in the fridge).

Preheat the oven to 400˚. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

After chicken is done marinating, pour the contents of the bowl onto the baking sheet and lay out the chicken in an even layer. Sprinkle both sides of the chicken with salt and pepper and drizzle the melted butter evenly over the top.

Roast chicken for 30 to 40 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through and the lemon slices are slightly crispy.

Transfer the chicken and lemons on a serving dish, garnish with additional thyme and serve.