Lemon Chicken

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Lemon Chicken
  • Prep 5 min
  • Total 25 min
  • Servings 8
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There’s really nothing quite like lemon chicken—it’s the dynamic flavor duo that’ll never go out of style. In just 25 minutes, you could be serving up this succulent, lemon-infused, pistachio-topped chicken dish. Pair it with a simple side of rice, a crisp green salad or roasted veggies and you’ll have a memorable weeknight meal. And the best part is that this bright and delicious dinner comes together with just six simple ingredients!
Updated Feb 24, 2020


  • 8 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (2 1/2 pounds)
  • 1 teaspoon lemon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
  • 1/4 cup chopped toasted pistachio nuts, if desired
  • Lemon slice, if desired


  • 1
    Flatten each chicken breast half to 1/4-inch thickness between sheets of plastic wrap or waxed paper. Sprinkle both sides of chicken with lemon pepper.
  • 2
    Heat oil in 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat. Cook chicken, lemon juice and lemon peel in oil 15 to 20 minutes, turning chicken once and stirring juice mixture occasionally, until juice of chicken is no longer pink when centers of thickest pieces are cut.
  • 3
    Serve chicken topped with juice mixture, nuts and lemon slices.

Tips from the Betty Crocker Kitchens

  • tip 1
    Both bottled lemon juice and dried grated lemon peel are readily available to keep on hand, but for this simple recipe grab fresh lemons from the grocery store. They flavor the chicken wonderfully and you'll have enough left to make fresh lemonade.
  • tip 2
    To quickly flatten chicken breasts, gently pound with the flat side of a meat mallet, the bottom of a small saucepan or a rolling pin until desired thickness.
  • tip 3
    To toast nuts, bake uncovered in an ungreased shallow pan in 350º oven about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until golden brown. Or cook in an ungreased heavy skillet over medium-low heat 5 to 7 minutes, stirring frequently until browning begins, then stirring constantly until golden brown.
  • tip 4
    Looking for even more recipes involving this winning flavor combo? Check our collection Lemon + Chicken = The Most Dynamic Dinner Flavor Combo.


165 Calories, 6 g Total Fat, 27 g Protein, 1 g Total Carbohydrate

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories from Fat
Total Fat
6 g
Saturated Fat
1 g
75 mg
110 mg
220 mg
Total Carbohydrate
1 g
Dietary Fiber
27 g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
4 Very Lean Meat; 1/2 Fat;
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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