Skillet Lemon Butter Chicken

This simple 20-minute Skillet Lemon Butter Chicken is a pan-fried chicken in a silky lemon butter sauce.
Course Dinner
Cuisine Mediterranean
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 235 kcal
Author Melissa Stadler, Modern Honey


  • 4 Thinly Sliced Chicken Breasts
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon Pepper
  • 1/2 cup Flour or Cornstarch
  • 2 Tablespoons Butter
  • 2 Tablespoons Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
  • 3/4 cup Chicken Broth
  • 2 Tablespoons Lemon Juice
  • Lemon Zest --- 1 Lemon remove zest before squeezing a lemon
  • 1/8 - 1/4 teaspoon Garlic Powder or 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup Heavy Cream

  • Optional: garnish with diced fresh parsley


  1. Sprinkle chicken breast with salt and pepper.
  2. Place flour in shallow dish. Dredge (cover) chicken in flour, making sure to evenly coat both sides of chicken.
  3. Heat butter and oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken and cook for approximately 4-5 minutes per side, or until it is golden brown and cooked through. Remove chicken from heat and place on a plate.
  4. Pour in chicken broth and stir with wooden spoon, trying to stir in the browned bits on the bottom of the pan. Stir in chicken broth, lemon juice, lemon zest, and garlic. Cook for 5 minutes, until it starts to thicken. Add heavy cream and continue to cook for 1-2 minutes.
  5. Taste sauce and add salt to taste.
  6. Place chicken breast back into pan and coat with sauce. Cook until heated through. Sprinkle with Italian parsley.
Nutrition Facts
Skillet Lemon Butter Chicken
Amount Per Serving
Calories 235 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 14g 22%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 71mg 24%
Sodium 619mg 26%
Potassium 320mg 9%
Total Carbohydrates 8g 3%
Protein 17g 34%
Vitamin A 5.7%
Vitamin C 5.9%
Calcium 1.2%
Iron 4.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.