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Lemon Pepper Chicken

This lemon pepper chicken is here to transform chicken into a dish full of flavors, even if you are using chicken breasts! No more bland and boring chicken breasts!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 276kcal


  • 2 chicken breasts cut horizontally
  • 2 tablespoon lemon zest freshly grated
  • 2 to 3 teaspoon pepper freshly ground (use more if you like peppery heat)
  • Salt to taste
  • 4 cloves garlic minced (can use garlic powder instead)
  • 1 ½ teaspoon onion powder optional – I skipped
  • ¾ cup plain flour
  • 2 tablespoon butter
  • 2 teaspoon lemon juice freshly squeezed
  • 1 tablespoon parsley fresh and finely chopped
  • Few lemon slices for garnish


  • Start with fresh organic chicken breasts. Cut chicken breasts horizontally to make 2 fillets.
  • Zest lemons. You need about 2 tablespoon lemon zest.
  • To chicken fillets add fresh lemon zest, fresh ground pepper, salt, minced garlic and onion powder (optional).
  • Rub chicken well to allow it to take in all the marinade and coat the marinade evenly.
  • Take plain flour in a wide bowl. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Dip chicken fillets in flour to get even coating on both sides. Shake off excess flour.
  • Heat olive oil (or buttein a skillet. Place breaded chicken in the skillet and cook on medium flame. Press the skillets with back of a flat spatula a couple of times to cook and brown evenly.
  • Cook for 2 to 3 minutes on each side or until golden brown on both sides.
  • Transfer chicken from the skillet onto a plate. Wrap the entire plate in aluminum foil to keep chicken warm.
  • Into the same skillet add butter and stir until butter melts. Turn off heat. Add lemon juice a pinch of salt and pepper to taste.
  • Sprinkle chopped parsley over chicken breasts. Pour lemon pepper chicken sauce over crispy breaded chicken breasts just before serving.
  • Serve it over bed of rice or mix it up with pasta.


  1. You can cut chicken breasts horizontally into two fillets or pound a chicken breasts to make it thin.
  2. Use fresh grated lemon zest. Do not grate the white part below the yellow skin. It’s too bitter and will change the taste of chicken.
  3. Use fresh ground pepper. Freshly ground pepper always has much more flavors and peppery taste to it.
  4. If you like to pack in extra flavors, add minced garlic and onion powder. I like to add it to the chicken fillets. But you could add to flour for breading chicken.
Nutritional Info – Please keep in mind that nutritional information provided is only a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on products used.


Calories: 276kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 87mg | Sodium: 184mg | Potassium: 468mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 293IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 2mg