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Creamy Lemon Chicken Skillet

With flavorful ingredients and only 45 minutes, you can have this Creamy Lemon Chicken Skillet that is bursting with flavor on your table in no time!

A CREAMY LEMON CHICKEN RECIPE

Skillet meals are one of my favorite types of meals to make. I love making meals all in one pan. This Creamy Lemon Chicken Skillet is full of lemon flavor that is contrasted by different seasonings and vegetables. It is a great dinner meal that you can make any night of the week. With easy ingredients, you will find yourself putting this recipe at the top of your menu! If you are looking for something that has a burst of flavor in each and every bite, you have to try this Creamy Lemon Chicken Skillet recipe!

Close up overhead of finished Creamy Lemon Chicken Skillet in skillet garnished with basil.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

Can I use another cut of chicken?

We like to use chicken breasts for this but you can use boneless skinless chicken thighs as well.

I can’t find cherry tomatoes, what can I use?

Grape tomatoes will be a good substitute for the cherry tomatoes if you cannot find them.

Do I have to use spinach?

I love the addition of spinach to this but you can also use kale or just totally omit it.

What can I serve this with this Creamy Lemon Chicken?

You can serve this with a variety of things such as salad, rice, pasta, greens, potatoes, roasted vegetables, etc.

How do I store leftovers?

This can be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container where it will keep for up to 4 days. I do not recommend freezing this recipe.

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INGREDIENTS NEEDED: (FULL RECIPE AT THE BOTTOM OF THE POST)

  • boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • all-purpose flour
  • freshly grated parmesan
  • lemon zest
  • extra-virgin olive oil
  • butter
  • garlic
  • baby spinach
  • cherry tomatoes
  • chicken stock
  • heavy cream
  • dry white wine  
  • lemon juice
  • lemon
  • kosher salt
  • pepper 
  • fresh basil, for garnish
Ingredients needed: boneless skinless chicken breasts, all-purpose flour, freshly grated parmesan, lemon zest, extra-virgin olive oil, butter, garlic cloves, baby spinach, cherry tomatoes, chicken stock, heavy cream, dry white wine, lemon juice, lemon, kosher salt, pepper and basil.

HOW TO MAKE A CREAMY LEMON CHICKEN SKILLET:

In a large bowl combine the flour, ⅓ cup parmesan and lemon zest.

Flour, parmesan and lemon zest in bowl.

Dredge the chicken in the mixture on both sides.

Chicken being dredged in flour.

Heat olive oil in a large skillet and add the chicken. Cook for 5-6 minutes per side to sear and then place chicken on a plate covered with foil to rest.

Coated chicken browned in skillet.

Add butter to the skillet and melt. Stir in the minced garlic and cook for 1 minute. Toss in the spinach, tomatoes, lemon juice and white wine to cook for another 3-4 minutes, until the greens are wilted and tomatoes are warmed through. 

Butter melted in skillet with pinach, tomatoes, lemon juice and white wine added.

Pour in the chicken stock, cream, leftover parmesan, lemon rounds, salt and pepper and cook for another 3 minutes on simmer.

Chicken stock, cream, leftover parmesan, lemon rounds, salt and pepper added to skillet.

Return the chicken to the pan and cook for another 6-7 minutes, spooning the sauce over the top occasionally, until the chicken is cooked through and the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F.

Chicken added back into pan with sauce spooned over it.

Remove from heat, garnish with fresh sliced basil and serve immediately.

Overhead of Creamy Lemon Chicken Skillet in pan showing lemons and garnishes.

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Creamy Lemon Chicken Skillet

With flavorful ingredients and only 45 minutes, you can have this Creamy Lemon Chicken Skillet that is bursting with flavor on your table in no time!
5 from 8 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Creamy Lemon Chicken Skillet, Creamy Lemon Chicken Skillet Recipe
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 576kcal

Ingredients

  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup freshly grated Parmesan divided
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 3 garlic cloves minced or grated
  • 2 ½ cups baby spinach
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes halved
  • ½ cup chicken stock
  • ¾ cup heavy cream
  • ¼ cup dry white wine
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • 1 lemon sliced into rounds
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ¼ cup sliced fresh basil for garnish

Instructions

  • In a large bowl combine the flour, ⅓ cup parmesan and lemon zest.
  • Dredge the chicken in the mixture on both sides.
  • Heat olive oil in a large skillet and add the chicken. Cook for 5-6 minutes per side to sear and then place chicken on a plate covered with foil to rest.
  • Add butter to the skillet and melt. Stir in the minced garlic and cook for 1 minute. Toss in the spinach, tomatoes, lemon juice and white wine to cook for another 3-4 minutes, until the greens are wilted and tomatoes are warmed through.
  • Pour in the chicken stock, cream, leftover parmesan, lemon rounds, salt and pepper and cook for another 3 minutes on simmer.
  • Return the chicken to the pan and cook for another 6-7 minutes, spooning the sauce over the top occasionally, until the chicken is cooked through and the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F.
  • Remove from heat, garnish with fresh sliced basil and serve immediately.

Notes

  • This can be served with your favorite sides, see suggestions above.
  • Chicken thighs can be used instead of breasts.
  • I do not recommend freezing this recipe.
  • If you do not like spinach, kale can be substituted.
  • Grape tomatoes can be substituted for cherry tomatoes.

Nutrition

Calories: 576kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 37g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 13g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 153mg | Sodium: 958mg | Potassium: 806mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 3021IU | Vitamin C: 32mg | Calcium: 300mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutritional Disclaimer

“The Country Cook” is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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