Creamy Lemon Garlic Chicken recipe

Creamy Lemon Garlic Chicken - quick seared chicken with creamy and buttery lemon garlic sauce! Serve with potatoes, rice or pasta for a quick and easy dinner!

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Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword chicken, skillet
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 357 kcal
Author Anna


  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour rice flour for gluten-free option
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil divided
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter divided
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 shallot chopped finely
  • 1/2 lemon juiced
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • parsley for garnish
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  1. Slice chicken breast in half lengthwise, season each piece with salt and pepper and dredge in flour.
  2. Heat up 1 tablespoon of oil in skillet with 1 tablespoon of butter. Cook chicken until golden brown, about 4 to 5 minutes per side. The internal temperature should register 165 degrees F. Remove onto a plate.
  3. To the same pan, add more oil. Add minced garlic and shallot and saute until soft and fragrant. Add lemon zest, lemon juice and chicken stock. Scrape the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon so all of the browned bits from cooking chicken are mixed into the sauce. Simmer for 2 minutes. 
  4. Add heavy cream, stir and return chicken to pan. Let everything heat up. Turn the heat off. Add remaining tablespoon of butter and let melt in the hot sauce. Garnish with chopped parsley and serve.

Recipe Notes

For a lighter sauce, you can use half and half or a mixture of milk and cornstarch so it will still thicken to a sauce consistency. For that, use 1 and 1/2 teaspoon of cornstarch and 1/2 cup of milk.

Nutrition Facts
Creamy Lemon Garlic Chicken recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 357 Calories from Fat 207
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 23g 35%
Saturated Fat 9g 45%
Cholesterol 115mg 38%
Sodium 474mg 20%
Potassium 494mg 14%
Total Carbohydrates 9g 3%
Sugars 1g
Protein 26g 52%
Vitamin A 10%
Vitamin C 5.4%
Calcium 2.3%
Iron 5.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.