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Skillet Chicken with Lemon Sauce

Skillet chicken with lemon sauce is an elegant dinner that only takes 30 minutes to put together. Make this on a weeknight or special occasion!! Try it!
Course Main Course
Cuisine French
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 225kcal
Author Longbourn Farm • Alli Kelley



  • 3 chicken breasts boneless and skinless
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter cold, divided
  • 1/2 cup onion finely diced
  • 2 cups chicken broth divided
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • fresh parsley chopped fine


  • Slice chicken breasts in half crosswise to produce pieces that are similar in size. 
  • Pat dry and season both sides with salt and pepper.
  • Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat until shimmering.
  • Add chicken and cook until browned, about 5-7 minutes. Repeat on other side.
  • Remove chicken from pan and cover with foil.
  • Add 1 tablespoon of the butter.
  • Add onion, season with salt and pepper, and cook until translucent, about 2 minutes.
  • Add 1 1/2 cups of the chicken broth and the lemon juice.
  • Bring to a simmer, scraping up any browned bits of chicken on the bottom of the pan.
  • Return chicken to pan along with any accumulated juices.
  • Cover and simmer for 5-7 more minutes or until chicken is cooked through (165 degrees F). Check periodically to make sure the pan isn't getting dry. Add remaining chicken broth, if needed.
  • When chicken is done, add the last tablespoon of butter. Gently stir it into the sauce.
  • Top with fresh parsley and lemon slices, if desired.


Calories: 225kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 69mg | Sodium: 579mg | Potassium: 448mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 200IU | Vitamin C: 15.1mg | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 0.5mg