Looking for a quick, easy dinner? This baked lemon-pepper chicken recipe is it. Chicken breasts are cooked in a skillet, then finished in the oven with lemon slices that soften and become part of the sauce, with a touch of maple syrup and butter to carry the flavor. It's so simple and delicious, you'll be making this healthy dinner again and again.

Julia Levy
Source: EatingWell.com, December 2019


Recipe Summary

10 mins
20 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

  • Sprinkle chicken evenly with 1/2 teaspoon salt. Heat oil in a large ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chicken; cook, undisturbed, until the underside is golden brown, about 4 minutes. Flip the chicken; arrange lemon slices around the chicken in the pan.

  • Transfer the skillet to the oven; bake until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest portion of meat registers 165 degrees F, about 10 minutes.

  • Transfer the chicken to a platter. Add lemon juice and maple syrup to the pan. Add butter, 1 piece at a time, stirring until it melts into the sauce. Stir in pepper and the remaining 1/8 teaspoon salt. Drizzle the sauce over the chicken.

Nutrition Facts

286 calories; protein 34.8g; carbohydrates 7.1g; dietary fiber 1.4g; sugars 3.2g; fat 13.3g; saturated fat 5.2g; cholesterol 109.2mg; vitamin a iu 212.4IU; vitamin c 23.7mg; folate 8.1mcg; calcium 43.1mg; iron 1.4mg; magnesium 38mg; potassium 350.1mg; sodium 447.6mg; thiamin 0.1mg; added sugar 3g.

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5 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 2
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
So simple easy and delicious! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
This was really good. The chicken was moist and flavorful. I will definitely make again and my husband loved it. I used a cast iron pan and I think that really helped. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This is a great and versatile technique to cook boneless chicken breasts so they are flavorful and juicy. Sometimes, I season the chicken with salt free lemon pepper and cook in cast iron pan and finish in the oven. Other times, I season with S&P, cook per directions, but top with homemade pistou or pesto. As there are usually pan juices, I have taken out the chicken when it is done, and thrown in frozen broccoli to pan sauté. Read More
Rating: 2 stars
Egg Free ,Gluten-Free, Nut-Free , Soy-Free and flavor free. Lemon does not seem to provide enough flavor. I think the 4 minutes on each side for browning undisturbed should be changed to check the chicken after two minutes to determine they have not permanently attached themselves to the ovenproof skillet. My poor chicken breast lost a fair about of skin when attempting to brown the other side. It looked painful. Read More