Chicken breast recipes can be so dull – time to step it up! Cream and lemon are a luscious combination and is sensational served over golden crispy chicken. A quick and easy 10 minute recipe with few ingredients, serve this Creamy Lemon Chicken with pasta, mashed potato or for a low carb option, creamy cauliflower mash!
Chicken Breast Recipe
I was browsing my Instagram feed the other day, and all I could think was “it’s so yellow and orangey.” I shared this observation with my mother, and her immediate response was “Well, of course. You post so many cheesy bread, potatoes and meat. Everything you like is yellow and brown. Even Dozer is yellow.” (Imagine this with a Japanese accent and finished with a snort of laughter).
I had no smart comeback for that. Because it’s completely true. ?
So one of my (many) New Years’ resolutions will be (yet again) to post more green foods on RecipeTin Eats.
But for now – more yellow food.
In fact, a whole skillet of yellow food. ??
What you need for creamy lemon chicken breast
- Chicken breast – or boneless skinless thigh
- Chicken broth/stock – gives the sauce flavour (it’s pretty dull without it)
- Cream and lemon – because we’re making a creamy lemon sauce
- Parmesan – for umami AND to help thicken the sauce
- Mustard – sauce thickening and extra flavour/tang
- Flour – to dust chicken (gives it a crust that the sauce wants to cling to, optional)
- Garlic – because garlic goes in 99% of my savoury foods
- Butter – because butter makes everything better
How to make creamy lemon chicken breast
You’re 10 minutes away from having this for dinner!
Here’s how it goes down:
- Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper, dust with flour;
- Pan fry until golden then remove
- Add everything else in, then simmer for 3 minutes until thickened;
- Return chicken into skillet to rewarm; and
- Serve over pasta, mashed potato or for a low carb option, Creamy Mashed Cauliflower.
There’s plenty of creamy lemon sauce for this chicken breast recipe. Enough to toss through pasta!
What to serve with Creamy Lemon Chicken
Side salad suggestions
Also, some warm bread rolls to mop the plate clean wouldn’t go astray! If you’re in the mood for homemade bread, try these easy No Knead Soft Dinner Rolls or this simple Irish Soda Bread (I call it Emergency Bread!).
– Nagi x
Watch how to make it
Creamy Lemon Chicken Breast
- 600g / 1.2lb chicken breasts (2 large) (Note 1)
- 1/2 tsp salt
- Black pepper
- 1/4 cup (35g) flour
- 3 tbsp (40g) butter , unsalted
- 1 - 2 garlic clove, minced
- 1 1/4 cups (325ml) chicken broth/stock
- 3/4 cup (185ml) cream , heavy/thickened (Note 2)
- 3 - 4 tbsp lemon juice (adjust to taste, start with 3 tbsp)
- 2 tsp Dijon mustard
- 3/4 cup (75g) parmesan cheese , freshly grated OR store bought finely shredded (Note 3)
- Pasta of choice (I used linguine)
- Finely chopped parsley
- Slice chicken breast horizontally to create two thin steaks (so you end up with 4 thin steaks in total).
- Sprinkle each side with salt and pepper, then coat with flour, shaking off excess.
- Melt butter in a large skillet over medium high heat. Cook chicken 2 minutes on each side until golden and crispy, then remove onto plate.
- Add a touch of butter if your pan is dry - but you shouldn't need it. Add garlic, stir 10 seconds.
- Then add chicken broth, cream, lemon and Dijon mustard. Bring to simmer and scrape the bottom of the pan to dissolve brown bits into the liquid. Use a whisk if needed to dissolve mustard.
- Add parmesan then simmer rapidly for 3 minutes or until sauce thickens slightly. Add salt, pepper and adjust lemon to taste.
- Return the chicken to the pan (pour in any juices on the plate too), turn to coat.
- Place chicken on serving plates with pasta or mashed potatoes. Sprinkle with fresh parsley if using. Spoon over Lemon Sauce and serve! (Bread for mopping wouldn't go astray either)
Originally published January 2016, updated with new photos and video in November 2019.
Life of Dozer
In the big fancy house I’m currently housesitting while I’m in between houses – when he gets fed up following me up and down the stairs, he parks himself halfway!!