One pan lemon butter chicken

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Dinner has never been easier. This completely delicious lemon butter chicken is great for a quick weeknight meal and only requires one pan!

 

One pan lemon butter chicken

Juicy chicken. Lemon butter sauce. These are a few of my favourite things. And I combined them in one recipe and let me tell you, it’s pretty freaking awesome. Plus it only requires ONE PAN. One pan lemon butter chicken, are you ready for this?

One pan lemon butter chicken

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This easy recipe is one of our family favourites because it is so versatile. We love it with chicken breasts because that way we can have it with pasta, rice or with crusty bread to mop up all that lemon butter sauce. But chicken thighs work just as well. The sauce is very simple and involves everything that is right about food. Butter, garlic, wine, cream and fresh lemon. I mean, could we want anything more?

If you wanted to leave out the cream, I would replace it with a little plain yoghurt. Just be sure to taste as you go because the cream tempers the acidity and as yoghurt is acidic, you don’t want to add too much lemon. Otherwise, a milk and cornstarch (cornflour) slurry will also work, just be sure to cook it out so that the sauce is silky smooth. And that’s it. Crazy easy recipe, only one pan to clean and a sauce so good, you won’t be judged for licking your plate.

One pan lemon butter chicken

4.92 from 12 votes
One pan lemon butter chicken
One pan lemon butter chicken
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
20 mins
 

Dinner has never been easier. This completely delicious lemon butter chicken is great for a quick weeknight meal and only requires one pan!

Course: Chicken, Dinner, Easy Dinner, Easy Recipe
Author: Alida Ryder
Ingredients
  • 4-8 chicken breasts, depending on size and amount of people served
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 1 cup cream
  • zest of ½ lemon
  • juice of ½ lemon
  • lemon slices, to serve
  • parsley, to serve
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. In a large pan/skillet, brown the chicken breasts on both sides and season generously. 

  2. Remove the chicken from the pan and set aside. 

  3. Melt the butter in the pan then add the garlic then allow to cook for a minute before adding the white wine.

  4. Allow the wine to reduce and emulsify with the butter for 5-7 minutes. 

  5. Add the cream, lemon juice and zest, season to taste then allow to come to a simmer and add the chicken breasts back in. 

  6. Allow to simmer gently for 5-7 minutes or until the sauce is reduced and thickened slightly and the chicken is just cooked. 

  7. Add the lemon slices and parsley and serve. 

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  • Sarah
    Reply

    So tasty. Lemony buttery deliciousness.

  • Camille
    Reply

    Perfect perfect recipe. Chicken was delicious and juicy and the sauce was great over rice.

    • Alida Ryder
      Reply

      Oh yay! We love it over here so it’s so great to know you enjoyed it too.

  • Nicole
    Reply

    I loved this recipe, it packs a huge amount of flavour for such a quick cook. Made it with just lemony, garlicky spinach on the side to lighten up the cream.

    • Alida Ryder
      Reply

      That’s great to hear, thanks so much for your feedback Nicole! Love that you served it so simply with spinach. Perfect quick dinner.

  • Erin
    Reply

    Made it for dinner last night and since we’re gluten free, just served it with steamed broccoli and some roasted potatoes and it was a delicious dinner. Easy to make as well.

  • Joanne
    Reply

    The sauce was so delicious. Great recipe. Thank you.

  • Joan
    Reply

    My family loved this chicken. My son had seconds and his wife asked for the recipe. Very tasty.

  • Meg
    Reply

    I wonder what this would be like with pork?

    • Alida Ryder
      Reply

      I think it would be delicious! Pork chops or pork tenderloin/fillet would be great with this sauce.

  • Glenda
    Reply

    I loved this recipe. I served it with steamed broccoli and some brown rice and it was perfect. I am going to meal prep it for the week ahead because the chicken was so juicy and delicious.

    • Alida Ryder
      Reply

      That’s a great idea! I love the idea of meal prepping it ahead.

  • Reply

    My husband would love this dish Alida. I’d need to throw in some capers because he loves them. Will need to get this easy delicious delicious dish in our weeknight rotation.

    • Alida Ryder
      Reply

      Ooooh yes! Capers would give this a Piccata twist. Love it! 🙂

  • Cath
    Reply

    I’m making this for dinner tonight. Can’t wait!

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