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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  • 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.

  • 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; carbohydrates 3.3g; dietary fiber 0.3g; sugars 0.7g; fat 6.2g; saturated fat 1.3g; cholesterol 62.7mg; vitamin a iu 27.7IU; vitamin c 3.3mg; folate 11.5mcg; calcium 18.9mg; iron 1mg; magnesium 24.4mg; potassium 271.6mg; sodium 339.5mg; thiamin 0.1mg.

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  • 5 star values: 24
  • 4 star values: 21
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
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: 5 stars
Delicious! it was simple yet flavorful. great week night dinner. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
Definitely a good Recipe The chicken was a bit bland. I would definitely add more lemon. Pros: easy juicy Cons: bland Read More
Rating: 5 stars
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
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: 5 stars
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: 2 stars
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
We actually found this rather bland and not worth the effort. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
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