Creamy Parmesan Lemon Chicken

Juicy garlic lemon chicken breasts cooked in creamy Parmesan sauce is an easy, delicious dinner recipe perfect served with pasta.

Creamy lemon Parmesan chicken

Ingredients 

Full recipe and amounts can be found in the recipe card below.03

  • Olive oil.
  • Chicken breasts. Chicken breasts cook quickly but chicken thighs can also be used. Cooking time will need to be adjusted though.
  • Garlic.
  • Fresh lemon juice.
  • Heavy/whipping cream. 
  • Parmesan cheese. 
  • Dried oregano.
  • Paprika.

How to make creamy lemon chicken

  1. Prepare the chicken: Place skinless, boneless chicken breasts in between two layers of parchment paper and flatten out to approximately 1cm/half inch with a rolling pin/meat mallet. Drizzle olive oil over the chicken and season with oregano, paprika, salt and pepper.
  2. Cook the chicken and make the sauce: Heat a large frying pan over high heat. Add the chicken and allow to brown on both sides for 1-2 minute or until they are golden brown on both sides. Tip: If the chicken sticks, leave it for a little while longer. The chicken will release from the pan once it’s formed a golden crust. Once the chicken is browned on both sides, remove from the pan and set aside. Add a tablespoon of oil to the pan and then the garlic. Cook for 30 seconds then pour in the cream and lemon juice. Simmer gently for 2-3 minutes. Add the Parmesan and season with salt and pepper. Add the chicken back into the pan and allow to cook for a few minutes until the chicken is cooked through and the sauce has thickened slightly.
  3. Serve: Serve the chicken with cooked pasta or side dishes of your choice.

Creamy lemon Parmesan chicken

What to serve with lemon chicken

Garlic lemon chicken breasts.

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Creamy Parmesan Lemon Chicken

Creamy Parmesan Lemon Chicken

Juicy garlic lemon chicken breasts cooked in creamy Parmesan sauce is an easy, delicious dinner recipe perfect served with pasta.
4.59 from 86 votes
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Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chicken, Chicken breast recipes, lemon chicken
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Calories: 209kcal
Author: Alida Ryder
Servings: 6

Ingredients

  • 6 chicken breasts (boneless + skinless)
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper

For the sauce

  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves crushed/minced
  • 1 cup heavy/whipping cream
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese grated
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • parsley for serving

Instructions

  • Place the chicken breasts in between to sheets of parchment paper or plastic and flatten out to approximately 1cm/half inch with a rolling pin or a meat mallet.
  • Drizzle over the olive oil and season on both sides with the oregano, paprika, salt and pepper. Rub in the spices.
  • Heat a large pan over high heat. Add the chicken and allow to cook for 2-3 minutes per side until golden brown on both sides. Remove and set aside.
  • To make the sauce, add the olive oil and garlic to the pan and cook for 30 seconds. Pour in the cream and lemon juice. Bring to a simmer then add the Parmesan and season to taste.
  • Add the chicken back in, reduce the heat and allow to cook for 5-7 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through and the sauce has reduced slightly.
  • Season, garnish with parsley and serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 209kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 97mg | Sodium: 593mg | Potassium: 446mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 363IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 78mg | Iron: 1mg

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18 Comments

  1. This recipe was delicious! I give it 6 stars! It’s creamy with a beautiful brightness to it so that it doesn’t feel heavy despite the cream. I made it to go over bucatini. I did make a little extra sauce, I like my pasta saucey just like me. I added a little extra lemon juice and the zest of a lemon. I love this so much I’m sharing it to fb so that everyone knows how amazing it is!!!

  2. Quick and easy to make. I did add more HW cream and Parmesan along with 1/2 cup pasta water to mix with spaghetti. My non-keto family members loved it.

  3. Made this the past two nights because it was so good! It’s quick to put together and so easy that my husband was able to make it.

    New family favorite for sure!

  4. I found this recipe a while ago and completely forgot about it. Last Sunday I was desperate to make something new and then suddenly got reminded of this one. The creamy parmesan chicken with lemon worked wonders for me. This is absolutely a must-have for the chicken lovers!

  5. I made it with bone in chicken thighs and seared skin side down first in a heavy bottomed skillet and left it for slightly longer in the oil and in the sauce to cook through properly. Very good

  6. I made this for my family last night and it was a hit! I’m hoping to make this for some company coming over later in the week, but two of my guests are dairy free. I’m planning to replace the heavy whipping cream with coconut milk and the cheese with a vegan cheese. Any ideas if this will still turn out good? Thanks!

  7. 5 plus stars for my family!!! Easy and so good!! Thank you for such an amazing recipe!!! Putting it in my rotation. I did use wide egg noodles, Delicious

  8. I saved this recipe about a month ago and have made it every week since. The sauce is amazing and the chicken is so moist. I had sauce left over and added to fresh pasta and broccoli for lunch the next day. My family loves it. I have never left a comment on a recipe before but felt I needed to with your recipe. Thank you.

  9. Made this tonight for dinner. I followed the recipe exactly, with the exception of thighs instead of breast. OUTSTANDING!!! My family loved it. This will be in the weekly rotation for sure.