Easy Lemony Chicken Recipe

lemony chicken

Whether you’re cooking for one or cooking for six, everyone needs a couple of good chicken recipes in their arsenal. Chicken is such a cost-effective protein source and it’s easy for just about everyone to get their hands on. That’s why I made this easy lemony chicken recipe.

This lemony chicken is easy to prepare on the stovetop and only takes about ten minutes, so it’s perfect for when you’re short on time — it takes less time to cook this than it does to go through the drive-through at your nearest fast food restaurant.

I really like this chicken served with white rice and broccoli, but you could also mix up the sides to fit your specific dietary needs and preferences.

For example, you could use white potatoes or sweet potatoes if you follow a strict Paleo diet, use cauliflower rice instead of regular rice if you eat lower carb, or swap the broccoli for another vegetable if you want — the options are endless.

Let’s get into the recipe!

lemony chicken

The Ingredients

  • 1 large chicken breast, cut into roughly 1-inch pieces
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • Zest of one lemon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano

The Instructions

  • Heat a frying pan on the stove over medium heat
  • While the pan is heating, season the chicken on both sides with the lemon zest, salt, pepper, garlic, onion, and oregano
  • When the pan is hot, add the olive oil and chicken
  • Cook the chicken for 2-3 minutes
  • Flip the chicken and add the lemon juice
  • Let the chicken continue to cook for 2-3 more minutes or until it’s no longer pink the middle

When the chicken is fully cooked, take it out of the pan and discard any lemon juice that’s remaining. Serve with your favorite sides.

lemony chicken

Lemony Chicken Calorie/Macro Breakdown

This recipe makes approximately three servings, and each serving contains 191 calories (for the chicken only). Here’s the basic nutrient breakdown per serving:

  • 26.4 grams protein
  • 1.4 grams carbs
  • 8.4 grams fat

This is a great main dish to prepare if you’re looking to increase your protein intake. It’s pretty low in fat and carbs, too, so you can adjust the sides easily to fit your specific macronutrient goals.

If you try this recipe out, please let me know how you like it in the comments below!

lemony chicken

Looking for more chicken recipes? Be sure to try out this one for Instant Pot Chicken Thighs!

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