Creamy Lemon Skillet Chicken


This ultra-fast creamy lemon chicken is perfect for busy weeknights. Serve this family-friendly dinner with noodles (or zoodles, for a low-carb take) and roasted broccoli or green salad.

Creamy Lemon Skillet Chicken
Photo: Jason Donnelly
Active Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
20 mins


  • 1 pound chicken cutlets

  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper, divided

  • ¼ teaspoon salt, divided

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 large shallot, halved and sliced

  • 1 large clove garlic, minced

  • ½ cup low-sodium chicken broth

  • ½ cup heavy cream

  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley

  • Lemon wedges for serving


  1. Sprinkle chicken with 1/4 teaspoon pepper and 1/8 teaspoon salt. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the chicken and cook, turning once, until browned and an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part registers 165°F, about 6 minutes total. Transfer the chicken to a plate.

  2. Add shallot and garlic to the pan. Cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Increase heat to medium-high and add broth. Cook until reduced by half, about 2 minutes. Reduce heat to medium and stir in cream, lemon juice, any accumulated juices from the chicken and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper and 1/8 teaspoon salt; simmer for 2 minutes. Return the chicken to the pan and turn to coat with the sauce. Sprinkle with parsley and serve with lemon wedges, if desired.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

281 Calories
17g Fat
3g Carbs
27g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 281
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 3g 1%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 27g 54%
Total Fat 17g 22%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Cholesterol 117mg 39%
Vitamin A 695IU 14%
Sodium 216mg 9%
Potassium 475mg 10%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

Related Articles