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Lemon chicken in the pan.

Lemon Chicken with Lemon Butter Sauce

  • Author: Joyful Healthy Eats
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stove-top
  • Cuisine: American


This juicy lemon chicken in a buttery garlic sauce will be your new favorite way to cook chicken. It’s herby, garlicky, spicy, and zesty!



For the chicken:

  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breast
  • salt & pepper to taste

For the sauce:

  • 4 tablespoons of butter, unsalted
  • 1 shallot, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 1/2 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/41/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper


  1. Prep the chicken. Pat chicken dry with a paper towel. Season both sides of the chicken with salt and pepper. 
  2. Cook the chicken. Heat a large skillet to medium-high heat. Add in avocado and chicken breast. Saute for 5-6 minutes per side. Remove the chicken from the pan when the internal temperature has reached 165°F and put on a plate to rest.
  3. Melt the butter. While the chicken is resting, add 2 tablespoons of butter to the pan along with shallots and garlic. Saute for 2-3 minutes.
  4. Cook the flour. Add in flour, whisk into the butter shallot mixture for 1 minute until flour slightly browned. 
  5. Pour in the broth. Slowly pour in the chicken broth, whisking the entire time until the lumps are gone.
  6. Season it. Let simmer for 1-2 minutes. then add in lemon juice, lemon zest, fresh thyme, red pepper flakes, salt,  pepper and last 2 tablespoons of butter. Whisk together and keep at a slow simmer for an additional 3-4 minutes, stirring throughout.
  7. Return the chicken. Add chicken back into the pot and cook for 1 minute.
  8. Serve. Garnish with lemon slices and chopped parsley.

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