Lemon Pepper Chicken with Sauce

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5 from 1 vote
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 25 minutes
Down Time: 5 minutes

This classic Lemon Pepper Chicken with Sauce recipe is so simple and delicious! Just 30 minutes from start to finish, and only four ingredients.

Lemon Pepper Chicken with Sauce

Lemon Pepper Chicken with Sauce makes for an easy yet flavor packed main course that pairs well with so many things. Serve chicken in a pasta dish or with your favorites roasted veggies and bread.

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What We Love About This Lemon Pepper Roasted Chicken

  • 30 Minute Meal: Make this lemon pepper chicken legs in 30 minutes start to finish.
  • Easy Ingredients: All you need is 4 simple ingredients.
  • Family Friendly: Kids love this recipe.
  • Low-Carb: This delicious lemon & pepper chicken is protein packed and low-carb.
Sidee view of the chicken covered with lemon slices.

Ingredient Notes

  • Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts : Truly any chicken will work, chicken legs, chicken breasts or chicken thighs.
  • Lemons: Fresh lemon is best for the seasoning and the sauce.
  • Olive Oil
  • Lemon Pepper Seasoning Blend
  • Chicken Stock: Chicken broth will work too.
  • Butter
Chicken, oil, seasonings and lemon.

Equipment Needed

How to Make Baked Lemon Pepper Chicken Breasts

These are the basic steps for making Lemon Pepper Chicken Legs. Please refer to the recipe card below for more detailed instructions, nutrition information and total time.

Slicing the lemon, preparing the chicken and baking.

STEP 1: PREPPING

First preheat your oven to 375 degrees f. Pat chicken dry, then place chicken breasts into casserole dish, brush both sides with olive oil.

STEP 2: SEASON CHICKEN

Sprinkle lemon pepper seasoning onto both sides of the chicken. Next cut lemons into slices and place lemon slices on top on chicken in the casserole dish.

STEP 3: PUT LEMON PEPPER CHICKEN IN OVEN

Add your casserole dish with the lemon pepper chicken to the oven on the middle rack. Cook for 25 mins, to ensure chicken is fully cooked use a meat thermometer to make sure the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees f.

STEP 4: ALLOW CHICKEN TO REST

Allow the chicken to rest for 5-10 minutes best serving. Garnish with lemon zest and parsley, serve with your favorites side dishes and enjoy!

Step 5: SAUCE

Then in the same pan, melt butter over medium high heat.Stir flour into the melted butter, cooking for 1 minute.Whisk in the chicken stock, scraping up any bits from the bottom of the pan and then add lemon juice and simmer for 3-5 minutes, or until sauce has thickened slightly.Season with salt and pepper to taste. Finally, drizzle sauce over prepared chicken.

Prep and Storage Tips for the Best Lemon Pepper Seasoned Chicken

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE AHEAD OF TIME

To make this recipe ahead of time, follow the steps as usual and allow chicken to completely before storing in airtight container in the fridge for 1-2 days before serving.

HOW TO STORE THIS RECIPE

Store lemon pepper chicken legs in airtight container or wrap the leftovers in foil for 3-4 days in the refrigerator.

HOW TO FREEZE THIS RECIPE

To freeze lemon pepper chicken recipe, store in airtight container or freezer bag in the freezer for up to 4 months.

HOW TO REHEAT THIS RECIPE

Reheat lemon pepper chicken in the oven or microwave. For the oven, cook at 350 degrees f for 10-15 minutes or until hot. To reheat in the microwave, in a glass or microwave safe dish for 1-2 minutes or until hot.

Frequently Asked Questions about This Recipe

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE INTO A PASTA DISH

Easily add this chicken to a pasta dish. While your chicken is cooking in the oven, cook your favorite pasta. In a separate pan, sautéed veggies of your choice. Make an easy sauce with the juices left in the pan from cooking the chicken, along with butter, fresh lemon juice, and minced garlic. For a creamy sauce you can add a bit of heavy cream and cook until the sauce thickens slightly, then add the noodles, sliced chicken, and veggies.

CAN I SUBSTITUTE TURKEY IN PLACE OF CHICKEN?

You can substitute the chicken for turkey for similar results.

CAN THIS RECIPE BE DOUBLED OR HALVED?

This recipe can easily be halved, doubled, or tripled. To do so, just proportionally increase or decrease ingredients.

IS LEMON PEPPER CHICKEN SPICY?

Lemon pepper chicken is exactly spicy, but it is zesty from the fresh lemon and zingy from the black pepper.

Top shot of the Lemon Pepper Chicken with Sauce.

Expert Tips for Making This Lemon & Pepper Chicken Recipe

  • This Recipe Can be Doubled: This is a tasty dish the whole family will love, to double this recipe proportionally increase ingredients.
  • Lemon Pepper Chicken Thighs: Rather than lemon pepper chicken legs or breasts, you can also use chicken thighs for very similar results.
  • Cooking Time: The cooking time may vary depending on the size of chicken breasts that you use.
  • Optional Add ins: You can also season chicken with a bit of garlic, onion powder, salt, fresh parsley, or lemon zest. To make a lemon garlic sauce.
  • Keep Juicy Chicken Breasts: When reheating chicken add a bit of chicken broth to the casserole dish to prevent the chicken from drying.

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Lemon Pepper Chicken with Sauce
5 from 1 vote

Lemon Pepper Chicken with Sauce

Yield: 2 servings
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 25 minutes
Down Time: 5 minutes
This classic Lemon Pepper Chicken Legs recipe is so simple and delicious! Just 30 minutes from start to finish, and four ingredients total.
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Ingredients

  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1-2 teaspoons lemon pepper, depending on how much you like
  • 2 lemons

Sauce

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  • Brush olive oil on both sides of the chicken.
  • Sprinkle lemon pepper over both sides of the chicken. Place in a 9 inch casserole dish.
  • Slice the lemons, and place on top of chicken, and inside the casserole dish.
  • Bake for 25 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through.
  • Allow chicken to rest for 5 minutes while you make the sauce

Sauce

  • In the same pan, melt butter over medium high heat.
  • Stir flour into the melted butter, cooking for 1 minute.
  • Whisk in the chicken stock, scraping up any bits from the bottom of the pan.
  • Add lemon juice and simmer for 3-5 minutes, or until sauce has thickened slightly.
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Drizzle sauce over prepared chicken.

Expert Tips

 
  • This Recipe Can be Doubled: This is a tasty dish the whole family will love, to double this recipe proportionally increase ingredients.
  • Lemon Pepper Chicken Thighs: Rather than lemon pepper chicken legs or breasts, you can also use chicken thighs for very similar results.
  • Cooking Time: The cooking time may vary depending on the size of chicken breasts that you use.
  • Optional Add ins: You can also season chicken with a bit of garlic, onion powder, fresh parsley, or lemon zest.
  • Keep Juicy Chicken Breasts: When reheating chicken add a bit of chicken broth to the casserole dish to prevent the chicken from drying.

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 225kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 72mg | Sodium: 134mg | Potassium: 581mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 63IU | Vitamin C: 59mg | Calcium: 38mg | Iron: 1mg
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Course: dinner, Lunch, Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chicken, easy dinner, healthy recipe, lemon pepper

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