Easy Lemon Chicken with Caramelized Lemons

My daughter loves lemon anything and since I can never go wrong with a chicken dinner, I made this easy lemon chicken.

Easy Lemon Chicken with Caramelized Lemons - If you like lemons you're going to love this very lemony LEMON chicken!! Easy, healthy, ready in 20 minutes, and bursting with bold lemon flavor!!

It’s easy, healthy, ready in 20 minutes, and exploding with bold lemon flavor.

Easy Lemon Chicken with Caramelized Lemons - If you like lemons you're going to love this very lemony LEMON chicken!! Easy, healthy, ready in 20 minutes, and bursting with bold lemon flavor!!

If you like very lemony dishes, this one is for you because lemon is incorporated a few ways.

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There’s lemon pepper seasoning and I caramelized lemon slices. As they caramelize, the lemon slices release lemon juice into a sauce that’s poured over the chicken.

Easy Lemon Chicken with Caramelized Lemons - If you like lemons you're going to love this very lemony LEMON chicken!! Easy, healthy, ready in 20 minutes, and bursting with bold lemon flavor!!

I added about 1/4 cup honey to the sauce but sweeten it to taste depending on how sour your lemons are and your tolerance for puckering up.

I finished the chicken with fresh parsley and thyme which has lemon undertones and complements the chicken perfectly. You can serve the chicken with anything from salads to pasta to potatoes depending on what you enjoy.

Easy Lemon Chicken with Caramelized Lemons - If you like lemons you're going to love this very lemony LEMON chicken!! Easy, healthy, ready in 20 minutes, and bursting with bold lemon flavor!!

Easy Lemon Chicken with Caramelized Lemons

This easy lemon chicken is healthy, ready in 20 minutes, and exploding with bold lemon flavor. If you like lemony dishes, this one is for you because lemon is incorporated a few ways. There’s lemon pepper seasoning and I caramelized lemon slices. As they caramelize, the lemon slices release lemon juice into a sauce that’s poured over the chicken. Add honey to taste. Fresh parsley and thyme which has lemon undertones complements the chicken perfectly.

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • about 1.25 to 1.50 pounds thin-sliced boneless skinless chicken breasts (if your breasts are not thin-sliced, I recommend pounding and flattening them to about 1/2-inch thick)
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, or as needed
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, or as needed
  • 2 teaspoons lemon pepper seasoning (I used a no-salt variety)
  • about 16 lemon slices, each about 1/4-inch thick (from about 2 medium lemons)
  • about 1/4 cup honey, or to taste
  • 2 teaspoons Italian flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves

Directions:

  1. To a gallon-sized ziptop bag, add the flour, salt, pepper, chicken, seal, and shake to coat chicken evenly.
  2. To a large skillet, add the butter, oil, and heat over medium-high heat to melt the butter.
  3. Add the chicken, evenly sprinkle with lemon pepper, and cook for about 3 to 4 minutes on the first side. Flip, and cook about 2 to 3 minutes on the second side, or until lightly golden browned and chicken is cooked through. If your skillet is not big enough to hold all the chicken at once, cook in batches, adding butter and oil as necessary. Place all cooked chicken on a large serving platter, cover with foil to keep warm; set aside.
  4. Turn the heat to medium-low and add the lemon slices to the skillet in an even, flat layer.
  5. Drizzle with 1 to 2 tablespoons honey. Cook for about 3 minutes per side, or until as caramelized as desired. After flipping, add another 1 to 2 tablespoons honey, or to taste. If necessary while the lemons are caramelizing, add a bit more oil to help the caramelization process along. Taste sauce for seasoning balance and add additional honey, salt, pepper, etc. as desired.
  6. Pour sauce and lemon slices over the chicken, evenly sprinkle with parsley, thyme, and serve immediately. Chicken is best warm and fresh but extra will keep airtight in the fridge for up to 5 days.
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23 comments on “Easy Lemon Chicken with Caramelized Lemons”

  1. I’ve never caramelized lemons before but I must try it–the sauce looks amazing and the recipe is quick and easy! This gives me another great idea for some weekend cooking.

  2. Chicken is my go-to.  I love chicken and those caramelized lemons wow!!  I bet they’re amazing, I sometimes grill them for Caesar salad but I’ve never cooked them this way!

    Thyme pairs so perfectly with lemon, I can’t wait to try this!!

  3. This dish looks so beautiful…I’m with your daughter lemons are the best.  I can’t wait to try this.

  4. Ooh, I can almost taste it through the screen!  

  5. This looks so good and I don’t even eat chicken!   I do love lemon though and I bet this would be great on tofu….grilled, of course!

  6. OMG looks delish…i was looking for a dish to serve for my parent’s anniversary party next month and this looks like a winner! Winner Winner Chicken dinner :)

  7. omg the caramelized lemons look SO good, love love love to eat them like that!!! if you ever caramelize them again (I’m sure you will) throw them into an arugula salad with strawberries and goat cheese, it’s so good :)

  8. This is absolutely stunning! Those lemons look to die for.

  9. Hi Averie… I read on one of your blogs tonight while I was printing off some more of your recipes to make… “That it doesn’t take rocket science to make your recipes” … Averie that is why I love your blog so much & I love the recipes… So please keep on doing what your doing because I read your blog every night that I can… To me you have one of the best blogs out there ….

  10. Carmelized lemons are now on my list of things to try!  I have never had them.  Lemon chicken is always a hit with my kids too.

  11. Seriously gorgeous dish here Averie! Those lemons are making my mouth water! Pinned!

  12. This is such a pretty dish, I love the thyme and caramelized lemons!

  13. This chicken looks so unbelievably delicious! Love your photos!

  14. Very nice and so easy to do. I found this recipe at 10:00am and was eating a nice meal at 12 noon. It was really delicious.

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