This lemon pepper chicken with butter sauce is a simple recipe that’s ready in just 20 minutes! The perfect dinner for a busy weeknight.

When I need an easy dinner, I turn to classics such as Chicken Vesuvio, chicken adobo, stuffed green peppers, slow cooker chicken breast, and this zesty lemon pepper chicken.

A pan of lemon pepper chicken garnished with parsley and lemons.

I’m back with another chicken recipe – because really, is there ever such a thing as too many chicken recipes?! This lemon pepper chicken recipe is on the table in 20 minutes, perfect for those nights where you need dinner on the table ASAP. You probably already have all the ingredients in your pantry to make it tonight!

Lemon Pepper Chicken Ingredients

Ingredients including chicken, flour, butter and seasonings.

To make this recipe you’ll need chicken breast, flour, lemon pepper seasoning, salt, olive oil, butter, lemon juice and parsley.

How do you make lemon pepper chicken?

Star by mixing together flour, lemon pepper seasoning and salt. Coat both sides of the chicken breasts with flour, then cook them in a large skillet until they’re golden brown. Remove the chicken from the pan, then add butter and lemon juice to the pan. Place the chicken back in the skillet, then spoon the sauce over the top, sprinkle with parsley and serve. Garnish with lemon slices and parsley sprigs if desired.

Step by step process shots showing how to make lemon pepper chicken.

Tips for the perfect dish

  • All lemon pepper seasoning is not created equal. When I purchased my lemon pepper for this recipe, I read the ingredients of 4 different brands and they varied quite a bit. Some lemon pepper brands contain salt, others use citric acid instead of actual lemon peel, and some even use yellow food coloring! I recommend choosing one with a more natural ingredient list.
  • I recommend using thin cut chicken breasts because they cook quicker and more evenly than thick chicken breasts. If you don’t have thin cut breasts, you can pound regular ones to a thinner consistency with a meat mallet.
  • Leftover lemon pepper chicken will stay fresh in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
Tongs removing a chicken breast from a pan.

Recipe FAQs

What is lemon pepper sauce made of?

The sauce for this dish is made with drippings from the pan, lemon juice, and butter. The lemon pepper seasoning is added to the chicken coating rather than the sauce so that it’s evenly distributed and you get plenty of lemon pepper flavor in every bite.

What is good with lemon pepper chicken?

Serve your chicken with a side of mashed potatoes, rice or pasta. I also recommend steamed vegetables such as asparagus, broccoli or green beans.

Is lemon pepper a healthy seasoning?

Lemon pepper seasoning is a good choice for a healthy diet because it adds a lot of flavor with very few calories. Check the ingredient labels on lemon pepper before you buy them, and choose one that contains real lemon and is free of artificial ingredients such as food coloring.

Lemon pepper chicken served with mashed potatoes and green beans.

Flavor Variations

While this dish is great as-is, you can change up the ingredients to customize the flavors to your tastes.

  • Protein: Instead of chicken breast, try thin cut pork chops, or fish fillets such as tilapia. You can also use boneless skinless chicken thighs if you pound them thin.
  • Vegetables: Feel free to add veggies to the pan to cook after you remove the chicken. Some great options include onions, spinach, sun dried tomatoes, artichoke hearts, or mushrooms.
  • Flavorings: Amp up the flavor of the lemon sauce of this dish with dried Italian seasoning, minced garlic, a splash of heavy cream, garlic powder, onion powder, fresh lemon zest, or finish the dish off with a sprinkle of parmesan cheese.

I’ve made this lemon pepper chicken countless times over the past few months, even my kids love it! I hope your family enjoys this dinner as much as we do.

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Lemon Pepper Chicken

AuthorSara Welch
A pan of lemon pepper chicken garnished with parsley and lemons.
This recipe for lemon pepper chicken with butter sauce is a simple recipe that’s ready in just 20 minutes! The perfect dinner for a busy weeknight.
Time
Prep Time8 minutes
Cook Time12 minutes
Total Time20 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Serves 4 servings

Ingredients 

  • 4 thin cut boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/3 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon lemon pepper seasoning or more to taste
  • salt to taste
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley
  • sliced lemons and parsley sprigs optional garnish

Instructions 

  • Mix together the flour, lemon pepper seasoning and salt to taste. Pour the flour mixture onto a plate or into a shallow bowl.
  • Heat the olive oil in a large pan over medium high heat.
  • Dredge the chicken breasts in the flour mixture, turning to coat evenly.
  • Place the chicken in the pan and cook for 5-6 minutes per side or until done.
  • Remove the chicken from the pan and place on a plate. Cover to keep warm.
  • Melt the butter in the pan, and whisk in the lemon juice. Season with salt to taste.
  • Place the chicken back in the pan. Spoon the sauce over the chicken.
  • Sprinkle with parsley and serve, garnished with lemon slices and extra parsley sprigs if desired.

Notes

  1. All lemon pepper seasoning is not created equal. When I purchased my lemon pepper for this recipe, I read the ingredients of 4 different brands and they varied quite a bit. Some lemon pepper brands contain salt, others use citric acid instead of actual lemon peel, and some even use yellow food coloring! I recommend choosing one with a more natural ingredient list.
  2. I recommend using thin cut chicken breasts because they cook quicker and more evenly than thick chicken breasts. If you don’t have thin cut breasts, you can pound regular ones to a thinner consistency with a meat mallet.

Nutrition

Calories: 345kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 111mg | Sodium: 1000mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g

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  1. 5 stars
    This was delicious! I added a little heavy cream to the sauce and topped with freshly shredded Parmesan cheese. Chefs kiss!

  2. 5 stars
    Finally, something my 5 year old granddaughter loves! Easy recipe, and no need to go to the store πŸ‹ πŸ˜‹

  3. 5 stars
    This chicken is so good!! I had all the ingredients on hand, so this was so convenient to make in the middle of the week. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe πŸ™‚

  4. 5 stars
    Oooh, this chicken looks fantastic, especially paired with the butter sauce. So many wonderful flavors. Definitely perfect for weeknights.