Fresh lemon and dill create a quick Greek-inspired pan sauce for simple sautéed chicken breasts. Make it a meal: Serve with roasted broccoli and whole-wheat orzo.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, March 1998
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Season chicken breasts on both sides with salt and pepper. Heat 1 1/2 teaspoons oil in a large heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and sear until well browned on both sides, about 3 minutes per side. Transfer chicken to a plate and tent with foil.

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  • Reduce heat to medium. Add the remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons oil to the pan. Add onion and garlic and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Whisk broth, flour, 1 tablespoon dill and lemon juice in a measuring cup and add to pan. Cook, whisking, until slightly thickened, about 3 minutes.

  • Return the chicken and any accumulated juices to the pan; reduce heat to low and simmer until the chicken is cooked through, about 4 minutes. Transfer the chicken to a warmed platter. Season sauce with salt and pepper and spoon over the chicken. Garnish with the remaining 1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill.

Nutrition Facts

170 calories; protein 24.1g 48% DV; carbohydrates 3.3g 1% DV; exchange other carbs; dietary fiber 0.3g 1% DV; sugars 0.7g; fat 6.2g 10% DV; saturated fat 1.3g 6% DV; cholesterol 62.7mg 21% DV; vitamin a iu 27.7IU 1% DV; vitamin c 3.3mg 6% DV; folate 11.5mcg 3% DV; calcium 18.9mg 2% DV; iron 1mg 6% DV; magnesium 24.4mg 9% DV; potassium 271.6mg 8% DV; sodium 339.5mg 14% DV; thiamin 0.1mg 7% DV.

Reviews (46)

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50 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 24
  • 4 star values: 21
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
06/21/2019
I was looking for a recipe to use the dill in my garden and I found this. It was excellent. I doubled the garlic and added more dill. I will definitely make this again thank you for the recipe! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
04/22/2019
Really good. Made exactly as written. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
01/24/2019
I used skinless chicken thighs and marinated them in garlic lemon juice olive oil and salt and pepper for about an hour. I caramelized the onions to add depth to the flavors of the dish. I also added about 3 tablespoons of dill and covered the chicken while it simmered. Such a beautifully simple dish. I served the chicken with a fennel cucumber and caper salad. Perfect for those hot Australian summer nights. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/16/2018
I think this is a good base for an amazing recipe but it was a little bit bland as is. But I did use no salt added broth so that may be part of it. I added extra onion and dill and garnished with a few capers. The longer the sauce sits the more flavorful it becomes. I also put a splash of white wine in to deglaze the onions and garlic. This is a very good healthy recipe and I will definitely make it again with a few adjustments. I served it with asparagus and brown rice. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
12/15/2017
I've made this a number of times and made it for a wide range of people ranging from the pickiest of eaters to ones who eat everything. It is simply THE BEST recipe I've ever had and low calories and fat. Tasting it you would never know. It's also an excellent and extremely versatile recipe. Instead of dill I've done capers and viola its Chicken Picatta! Sometimes I add a tad more flour for a thicker sauce. Sometimes I'm in the mood for more lemon or garlic. I've also added mushrooms. So for whatever your tastes are it truly is something delicious!!! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
07/25/2017
I made this today and it was amazing I roasted brocile with mine Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/20/2017
Instead of fresh dill i used 1 Tbsp of dill weed and twice the amount of garlic. I have a house of picky eaters anf not one complaint! I served this with garlic seasonef buttered corn and olive oil garlic pasta. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
07/11/2017
This dish was easy quick and tasty. The recipe was easy to follow I did do more with the lemon and I added one other ingredient such as: fresh squeezed lemon juice fresh cut lemon and a little rosemary. I will definitely make this recipe again. Thank you!:) Read More
Rating: 4 stars
06/20/2017
New to cooking but i liked this recipe. very easy and quick and it tasted good. Also its healthy! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
06/14/2017
Very simple and quick to make. I did use more garlic than the recipe called for and it was delicious. The sauce thickened nicely and was just enough to add flavor to the chicken. I will definitely make this again. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
06/05/2017
Very good. Will add it more dill next time. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
04/28/2017
I really did enjoy this recipe but it just needed a bit more salt. I just added it after the fact. It has a nice fresh and light flavor. The dill and lemon are a winning combination. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
04/26/2017
I made this a couple of weeks ago for my wife and now request it once a week. Its easy to make and inexpensive. I also serve with asparagus except I cook mine in a frying pan on low heat with olive oil and salt and pepper. This is a great meal easy to prepare and done in no time Read More
Rating: 5 stars
04/18/2017
This was great! I added some extra flour to thicken up the sauce. I will definitely make this again! Thank you!! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
03/06/2017
Made this meal for my friends last night...It was absolutely delicious.!!! Anyone thinking of trying this recipe I would recommend marinating the chicken with garlic zest and juice of 1 lemon dill and salt and pepper. I left it to marinade for a few hours than I cooked the chicken in a little oil and followed the recipe as stated I used the marinade juices and cooked that in the sauce with the chicken. I served my dish with roast potatoes..rice and pan fried the asparagus with mangetout in a little oil which I seasoned with salt and pepper. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
02/16/2017
Delicious! it was simple yet flavorful. great week night dinner. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
02/03/2017
Tasty weeknight dinner for my wife and I with a few leftovers. Paired with orzo and carrots. Lightly caramelized the onions before adding the sauce mixture. Next time I will double the sauce as both of us kept going back for more. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
09/27/2016
I made this last night- my husband loved it and so did I will definitely make again and check out more recipes from this site!! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
09/27/2016
I'll be coming back to this soon. I love the taste of dill although I will hold back a little on the next prep because it can add a coating that isn't always pleasant. The taste didn't seem to transfer well to the chicken breast however even when reapplied to the sauce. Caramelize your onions for sure. Served with: brown rice cauliflower florets Pros: Easy to make taste is great. Cons: Chicken seemed a little bland. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
03/23/2016
Easy and Delicious! I made this but added two tablespoons lemon juice and cooked the onion and garlic until just about caramelized as one reviewer stated which added more flavor. I aslo cut up some fresh mushrooms(about 3/4 C when I added the broth. This was outstanding and we actually were fighting over the leftover sauce! I did make it with the asparagus also. Perfect pairing! A Read More
Rating: 4 stars
03/17/2016
Easy and Delicious This was pretty easy to make. Flavorful as long as you add a bit more lemon. I was worried the flour would sully the flavor so I used corn starch instead. Next time I'll try adding some lemon zest too. Pros: Fast delicious easy Cons: Needed more lemon Read More
Rating: 4 stars
02/23/2016
Very tasty This was pretty easy to make over all. I would maybe even add more lemon juice but I thought the amount of dill was perfect. Pros: Great flavor fairly easy to make Read More
Rating: 4 stars
08/31/2015
Use extra dill yum tasty! I did quick browning of the chicken in frying pan added the garlic quick fry then transferred into casserole dish with rest of ingredients layed fresh dill across chicken plus extra in dish as well cooked in oven all the flavours came out my family all loved it! Read More
Rating: 2 stars
04/07/2015
Just so-so I followed the directions exactly but we all agreed it did not have much flavor which seemed odd given the ingredients. If I make it again I will need to add some things to give it pep. Maybe garlic salt a sliver of butter more lemon...something. Pros: Simple enough to make Cons: Lacked flavor Read More
Rating: 5 stars
03/10/2015
A definite make-again meal! This meal was incredible! Quick and easy and full of flavor. The sauce is delicious and simple to prepare. The next time we make this we will cover the chicken at the simmer stage. Without a lid the chicken only reached 160 F after 35 minutes. Once we covered it it only took 6 minutes to reach 180 F. We served this with asparagus steamed with fresh lemon slices and Italian seasoning a dinner salad with Italian dressing and a baguette slice. Dee-lish! Pros: Relatively easy lots of flavor Cons: Instructions could be better chicken should be covered Read More
Rating: 5 stars
02/25/2014
Great name for a great recipe great chicken dinner--something different and very tasty. easy to make quick and it was enjoyed by all. we eat a lot of chicken and am always looking for something different and this is great. give it a try Pros: Easy to make tasty Read More
Rating: 4 stars
07/19/2013
Try Oregano instead of Dill! I prefer oregano to dill for taste. Also added lemon zest but my kids don't like lemon so split into 2 pans! I find sauting the garlic and onions to a more brown/camelized color enhances the flavor of the dish. Pros: Delicious! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
07/19/2013
Substitue Oregano for Dill! I used fresh oregano instead of dill. My kids prefer much less lemon so I usually do 2 pans - one with and one without lemon; I also like the added lemon zest. I prefer to saute garlic and onions until carmel/darker brown color; enhances the flavor of the whole dish! Pros: easy healthy and delicious! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
04/23/2013
Quick and Delicious Easy relatively healthy and tastes like spring. We took a cue from the photo and served with asparagus which went really well (especially with a bit of the sauce drizzled over). A great way to prepare chicken quickly and I have a feeling the leftovers will make great sandwiches. Pros: See title Read More
Rating: 4 stars
04/22/2013
Awesome dish I had a ton of fresh dill left over from when I made my sour cream and dill potatoes and didn't want it to go bad. This was a recipe I came across just googling dill chicken and it seemed good. Like most times when I cook I barely ever follow directions for how much to add so as far as the onion garlic lemon and dill I added the amount I wanted and this dish came out awesome! It tastes so rich but fresh at the same time. This was my first time ever using this website as well and I think I might be coming back often now. Pros: fast fresh healthy Read More
Rating: 5 stars
04/17/2013
Excellant Weeknight Dinner I did follow other users' suggestions and doubled the lemon juice. I also used dried dill so 2 teaspoons rather than the 2 tablespoons of fresh just because I didn't have any fresh. I also used a little white wine after the garlic and onion and softened and before I added the broth-dill-lemon-flour mixture. We thought it was great. Is definitely going into the regular rotation. Pros: Flavorful and fast Cons: none Read More
Rating: 4 stars
03/19/2013
Zesty Lemony Flavor Add lemon zest and increase fresh lemon juice to 2TBSP. Use corn starch instead of flour and I used fresh dry dill but could see an advantage to using fresh. Fine dice definitely on the onion. We will have this again and again for a simple easy meal! Try it!! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
02/09/2013
a nice easy chicken dish Nice chicken dish only took about a half hour to make. Next time I'd put more dill & less garlic though. I love dill & the dill flavor kind of got lost in this recipe. Pros: easy to make already had most ingredients in the house for it Cons: garlic kind of overpowered the dill Read More
Rating: 2 stars
01/15/2013
Probably won't make again I love lemon and dill and was really excited for this recipe but I found that the recipe called for so much garlic that it over powered the sauce. The onion and garlic make sense together and the lemon and dill together but all together it the taste was off. I didn't enjoy it and probably won't make again. Pros: Simple to put together. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
01/09/2013
Delicious I used beef broth to add depth of flavor. I also added lemon zest and capers. Served with tri-color orzo with feta and fresh diced tomatoes and a side of roasted asparagus also with lemon zest. This recipe is a keeper and super fast and easy! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
07/12/2012
Great Idea Dish I thought this was a great recipe. However since I'm trying to cut as many calories as possible I reduced the oil to 1 tsp reduced the chicken broth to 1/4 cup and left out the flour all together. Pros: Easy Cons: Too Many Calories for Dish Read More
Rating: 4 stars
02/15/2012
I made this last night very easy and it tasted wonderful. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
12/20/2011
Quick Easy Delicious I was looking for a quick lemon chicken recipe and this was a home run. I didn't have chicken broth so I used salted water instead. It was still great. My chicken breasts were big so I cooked them for much longer. The sauce is fantastic with some wild rice too. Excellent. Pros: Fast flavorful Read More
Rating: 5 stars
12/20/2011
This recipe is excellent. I also doubled all but the broth oil and chicken. This will be a regular in our rotation! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
11/06/2011
Delicious I absolutely loved this dish however I did make some modifications after reading the previous reviews. The simplest way to explain what I did I to say that I doubled everything except the amount of chicken chicken broth and oil. Also I do not measure anything but I have a very good eye. Pros: very fresh tasting Cons: none Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
This receipe was a 3 out of 5 star. It was ok I added lemon pepper seasoning for the extra kick! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
This was easy to follow and my entire family loved it. We are not big on Garlic so backed that down a little but a nice little recipe I think it would be easy to play with. Thanks! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
We actually found this rather bland and not worth the effort. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
Very easy and quick. I usually don't measure my ingredients (unless baking) so I'm thinking I was a little shy on the dill. I will add more next time because I would like more dill flavor in the dish. Definitely a keeper! Read More
Rating: 2 stars
10/29/2011
Lemon and Dill Chicken This recipe is very bland. I added plain yogurt and more flour Read More
Rating: 3 stars
10/29/2011
Definitely a good Recipe The chicken was a bit bland. I would definitely add more lemon. Pros: easy juicy Cons: bland Read More