This recipe is super easy to make. It’s one of those quick and easy weeknight meals that you’ll want to keep forever. Even picky eaters tend to like it! As written, this recipe calls for marinating directly in a gallon sized resealable bag. If you don’t want to use plastic, you can always marinate in a shallow dish. Simply whisk the marinade in a mixing bowl, place your chicken into a shallow dish or bowl, and pour the marinade right over.
This easy lemon chicken recipe is one of our most popular main dish chicken recipes. With simple flavor additions that don’t overpower the dish, the natural flavor of the chicken is allowed to shine. The low ingredient list also makes for a level of ease that allows this dinner to come together in no time at all, which is perfect for a busy weeknight. All you need is 30 minutes. Pair this dish with crisp veggies and a side of rice for a delicious dinner that your family is sure to love.
CAN THIS RECIPE BE USED WITH CHICKEN THIGHS?
Yes it can! You can use skin-on, bone-in chicken thighs for this recipe, or boneless skinless chicken thighs. The cooking time will change slightly, depending on the size and thickness of your thighs. When using skin-on, be sure to render the skin by cooking it directly against the hot pan. This will help crisp it up. Cook with the skin side down first, and then flip to finish.
CAN I ADD VEGETABLES TO THE SKILLET?
This same seasoning works great on vegetables as well so you can create an entire dinner in just one skillet. Be sure to make a separate batch of the marinade for vegetables to avoid cross contamination. Vegetables that work well, diced red potatoes, zucchini, green beans, and asparagus.
HOW LONG SHOULD I MARINATE THE CHICKEN? DO I HAVE TO MARINATE IT?
If you are in a hurry, you can absolutely skip the marinating time in this recipe. The chicken won’t have absorbed as much flavor, but it will still delicious. We recommend a minimum marinating time of 30 minutes for chicken and up to 8 hours. But when all else fails, it still works without marinating.
4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
2 lemons juiced (1/2 cup)
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons lemon pepper
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried oregano
¼ teaspoon salt
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Place chicken breasts in a gallon-size resealable plastic bag. Pour in lemon juice, olive oil, lemon pepper, basil, oregano, and salt. Shake it a bit so all the chicken get covered.
Let marinate in the fridge for 30 minutes or up to 8 hours.
Heat a heavy skillet over medium high heat.
Remove the chicken from the marinade and place directly into the hot skillet. Discard any remaining marinade.
Cook chicken 6 to 7 minutes per side, flipping halfway through. Continue cooking until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
Serve hot. Garnish with freshly chopped parsley and lemon slices (optional).