Lemon Pepper Chicken

Lemon Pepper Chicken

Lemon Pepper Chicken is chicken marinated in a mixture of spices, lemon juice, lemon pepper, garlic and olive oil and then sautéed it until tender and juicy. Easy and healthy!

A friend of mine is on this super strict diet and one of the only things he can eat is chicken breasts. His go to method of cooking? Boiling. Not because of the requirements, but because of a lack of recipes.  Now I don’t know about you but after a month, heck even a week of that, and I would be running towards the nearest McDonald’s.

After listening to him tell me about his favorite cooking technique, I thought I would come up with a chicken recipe that is both flavorful and healthy. This friend also always insists I make “food a guy can make”, which he says means “not too complicated” so this recipe is super easy too.  I simply marinated chicken in a mixture of spices, lemon juice, lemon pepper, garlic and olive oil and then sautéed it until it was tender and juicy.

I did mention that this was easy to make but it does require a little bit of preparation before hand. I recommend that you marinate the chicken for at least 2 hours prior to cooking. Marinating the chicken gives the flavors a chance to meld.

Not only does this Lemon Pepper make a great dinner, it also makes a great make a head protein to add to salads throughout the workweek! The perfect way to add some flavor to your lunch.

So if you are looking for an easy and light dinner please for the love of all things holy do not boil your chicken. Instead give this  Lemon Pepper Chicken a whirl. I bet your whole family would love it.

Lemon Pepper Chicken

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  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 teaspoons lemon pepper seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • lemon wedges for garnish



In a bowl combine all ingredients except the chicken.


Place chicken breasts between two pieces of plastic wrap and pound with a meat mallet until they are a uniform thickness. This ensures that they will cook evenly.


Place chicken in a glass dish. Pour the marinade over the chicken. Turn the chicken to coat. Marinate for 2 hours.


After two hours, remove the chicken from the marinade and discard the remaining marinade.


Cook the chicken in a skillet 3-4 minutes on each side or until cooked through. Serve with lemon wedges



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  • This chicken sounds delicious. I may not be a man, but I like simple cooking.

  • Thanks Risa! I enjoy simple cooking too, it makes thing so much nicer sometimes. :)

  • Yes, very nice! You’re an excellent friend! Chicken needn’t be boring, with a few spices it can be quite tasty! I have to say, there’s also so many choices when poaching chicken, tell your friend about them!

  • Nice looking recipe, with clean simple flavours! I love the combination of lemon and black pepper.

    May I recommend adding a few tablespoons of plain or natural white yoghurt (or buttermilk) to the marinade mixture? I have found that marinating chicken breasts in tenderising yoghurt for two hours (maximum) makes the world of difference to their texture, preventing them from going stringy or dry when they’re cooked.

  • In order to eat healthier we’ve been grilling chicken breasts in our cast iron skillet on the stove. This sounds like a great addition to our chicken repertoire.

  • PatW

    Try mixing a healthy teaspoon of Tabasco with your lemon juice when you marinate. It will make the chicken “warm”, but not too hot. Yum!

  • This really looks good, I have to try it! Very nice of you to help your friend. Boiled chicken everyday? ick!

  • I am not much of a meat eater, but lately I have become a fan of chicken breasts. I will definitely have to try this! Simple but good!

  • We made this tonight and it was great! I marinated it overnight and the flavor was perfect. Thanks for the quick and easy recipe!

  • You’re welcome Stephanie! I am happy to hear that you enjoyed it!

  • Laura

    I made this tonight. My husband really liked it. But it didn’t look as pretty as the picture here. The color was different. As soon as I took it out of the marinade it had a dark color to it.

  • Steve

    Chicken blew up when i took it out of marinade.had 2 call fire dept.

  • michelle

    I made this a few nights ago. I loved it. Making it again tonight. I’m always looking for good easy food. And this was it.

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    Can you give a baked variation of this recipe?

  • Excellent! Made this tonight on the grill, but substituted rosemary for oregano. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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  • EF

    Made this last night exactly as stated. Absolutely delish!!!! Will definitely be making this many times more.

  • amber

    Amazing made this tonight for my son and boyfriend. All my son eats is chicken so i decoded on something new for him and he loved it!!…

  • Chelsea

    How many calories are in this recipe?

  • Hi Chelsea, I don’t usually do calorie counts, but this website allows you to plug in the recipe and get the calorie amount. http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-calculator.asp

  • Heather U.

    We just had this tonight, AMAZING! I will be making this a lot more often!

  • Thank you!

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  • Lala6699

    So I have this marinating in my fridge for tomorrow night. The only thing I did differently is adding chopped onions to the marinade. I saw that on another site but decided that your spice mix dominated that one. I will be back tomorrow to tell you how it turns out! :-)

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  • Shabreda

    When you cook it in the skillet, do you put anything in the skillet? Olive oil? Butter? Just curious

  • The oil in the marinade is enough that I don’t add any additional to the skillet when cooking :)

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  • Cariann

    I just made this does the Marinade look red when its made up? Because mine is I thought maybe it was because of the Paprika in it.

  • jess

    Haha was it that fire

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