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Lemon Butter Chicken

This savory Lemon Butter Chicken is just over the top! Full of flavor, every bite is unforgettable. The lemon cream sauce mixed with fresh garlic and Parmesan cheese pairs perfectly with the tender and juicy chicken. So savory...this dish will leave you coming back for more!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: dinner
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 420kcal
Author: Amanda Mason


  • 4 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
  • ½ Tablespoon Smoked Paprika
  • 3 Tablespoons Unsalted butter, divided
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • cup Parmesan cheese, freshly grated
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Splash of dry white wine
  • ¼ teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2 cups fresh spinach
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • Fresh cracked pepper, to taste


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Season the chicken with salt, pepper and paprika. Set aside.
  • Melt 2 Tablespoons of butter in a large oven-proof skillet (a Le Creuset Dutch Oven works well or a RockCrok or cast iron skillet) over medium high heat.
  • Add the chicken and sear both sides until golden brown, about 2-3 minutes per side. Remove and set chicken aside on separate plate.
  • While the chicken is resting, return back to the same skillet and melt remaining tablespoon of butter in the skillet. Add garlic and saute for 2 more minutes.
  • Stir in chicken broth, heavy cream, Parmesan cheese, lemon juice, splash of wine and thyme.
  • Bring sauce to a boil and reduce heat. Add in the spinach and parsley and simmer until the spinach and parsley has wilted and the sauce has slightly thickened.
  • Continue to cook the sauce about 5-7 minutes so the sauce becomes thicker. You don't want the sauce to become too runny!
  • Once your sauce is to the desired thickness, return the chicken to the oven proof dish.
  • Place in the oven and cook for 30 minutes.
  • Remove the dish and let sit for about 5 minutes before serving. Top with fresh chopped parsley.



If you want to kick this recipe up a notch and make it a bit more fancy, you can add in the following:
  • Fresh mushrooms
  • Capers
You would simply add the fresh mushrooms and capers in when you add in the spinach and parsley!


Serving: 1Chicken Breast | Calories: 420kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 29g | Sodium: 292mg | Iron: 0.4mg