Spicy Lemon Garlic Chicken – Ready in 30 Minutes!

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This spicy lemon garlic chicken with creamy lemon sauce is full of flavor! Prepared in a single skillet in 30 minutes, it’s an ideal weeknight dinner recipe.

Key Ingredients for Spicy Lemon Chicken

The timing for this recipe couldn’t have worked out more perfectly because February is Healthy Heart Month and I make this with I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter!®, an American Heart Association Heart Check Certified product. Plus, it’s super easy to find at my local Publix.

lemon chicken in skillet
  • Chicken breasts – Thin-cut breast filets are best for this recipe. If you can’t find them in the store, you can butterfly regular chicken breasts.
  • Seasoning blend for chicken – I use a combo of dried and fresh herbs but you can absolutely use all dried ingredients if you don’t have (or don’t want to buy) fresh herbs.
  • I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter!® – I use this to make the lemon garlic sauce because it’s made with good fats from plant-based oils, has 70% less saturated fat and 40% fewer calories than dairy butter, and it still has the buttery taste we all love. It’s also a good source of Omega 3 ALA. Win-win!
  • Fresh lemon – The taste of fresh lemon and fresh lemon zest is an integral part of the sauce’s flavor, and you only need one!

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How to Make Spicy Lemon Garlic Chicken

STEP 1: In a small bowl, combine the seasoning ingredients for the chicken. Rub on both sides of each breast filet.

chicken with seasoning on it

STEP 2: In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Place chicken breasts into the skillet and let them sear (without turning) for 5 minutes. Turn over and let the other side sear and cook for another 5 minutes. Continue cooking, turning as needed until the chicken is completely cooked, then remove from pan and keep warm.

chicken seared in pan

STEP 3: Lower the heat to medium, and add the I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter!® to the skillet and let it melt.

melting I Can't Believe It's Not Butter

STEP 4: Add chicken broth, lemon juice, zest, and milk, scraping the pan to loosen all the yummy bits. Bring the mixture to a simmer and cook for several minutes to reduce and thicken the sauce.

lemon sauce for chicken in pan

STEP 5: Return chicken to pan and spoon sauce over chicken. Sprinkle chopped parsley over chicken to garnish.

spicy lemon chicken with lemon sauce
spicy lemon chicken with lemon sauce

Spicy Lemon Garlic Chicken

Liz – Eat Move Make

This spicy lemon garlic chicken recipe with creamy lemon sauce is prepared in a single skillet and ready in 30 minutes.

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Prep Time 5 mins

Cook Time 25 mins

Total Time 30 mins

Course Entree

Cuisine American

Servings 6

Calories 129 kcal

Ingredients  

Chicken

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 8 thin-cut boneless skinless chicken breast filets
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp fresh thyme chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh Italian parsley chopped
  • 4 tablespoons I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter!® spread
  • 1 teaspoon fresh minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice juice of one lemon

Lemon Garlic Sauce

  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon zest
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • parsley for garnish

Instructions 

  • In small bowl, mix the chicken seasonings together. Rub on both sides of each chicken breast.

  • Heat olive oil over medium-high heat in large skillet. Place chicken breasts in hot skillet and let cook (without turning) for about 5 minutes. This will put a nice golden brown sear on the chicken. Flip and cook another 5 minutes. Continue cooking and flip as needed until chicken is completely done. Remove chicken from skillet and keep warm.

  • Reduce heat to medium. Add I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter!® and let melt. Add chicken broth, lemon juice, lemon zest and milk, scraping the pan to loosen all the yummy bits. Bring the mixture to a simmer and cook for several minutes to reduce and thicken the sauce. Return chicken to pan and spoon sauce over chicken. Sprinkle chopped parsley over chicken to garnish.

All information presented on this site is intended for informational purposes only and nutrition may vary according to exact products and the online nutrition calculator being used. I am not a certified nutritionist and any nutritional information shared on EatMoveMake.com should only be used as a general guideline.

Nutrition

Calories: 129kcalCarbohydrates: 5gProtein: 2gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 5mgSodium: 579mgPotassium: 106mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 552IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 55mgIron: 1mg

Keyword butter substitute, chicken, lemon chicken

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