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This creamy lemon chicken recipe is fast, simple, and uses everyday pantry ingredients. You will love the tangy lemon sauce. The chicken melts in your mouth! Easy and elegant! Ready in only 25 minutes.

You may also enjoy my Creamy Lemon Chicken Tortellini Soup next.

creamy lemon chicken in a copper skillet
Photos updated 9/2020

This creamy lemon garlic chicken is soo good. Chicken usually isn’t my favorite thing on the planet, but I really, really liked this dish. Something about the lemons, cream, butter, and tender chicken did it for me. 😉

It’s really very simple to make, so this is something you could do for an easy weeknight dinner or even a slightly fancier occasion. Pretty sure that the creamy lemon sauce will be a hit!

How to make creamy lemon chicken

  1. Cut your chicken breasts in half lengthwise (this keeps ’em tender and helps them cook faster) and season them with salt & pepper and garlic powder. Dredge in flour;
  2. Cook them in the butter & olive oil until golden. Take them out of the pan and add the chicken broth and lemon juice; let it cook for a minute;
  3. Add the chicken back in the pan and pour the cream over top. Cook for another 5 minutes until the sauce reduces and the chicken is cooked through.

…Easy, right? (Full ingredients and instructions are in the recipe card below)

close-up of pan-fried chicken in a lemon cream sauce

Recipe notes & tips:

  • If you want to leave the garlic powder out, you can, but it adds an extra layer of flavor to this dish that I just love. It’s definitely not overpowering at all. If you’re big into garlic, feel free to sprinkle on a bit extra.
  • This chicken is fairly lemony, so if you want a more subtle lemon flavor, I recommend using less lemon juice.
  • Feel free to substitute all or half of the chicken broth with dry white wine.
  • I recommend using an instant read meat thermometer for all chicken recipes… it’s inexpensive and ensures you never have overdone or underdone chicken. Chicken is safe at 165F. Keep in mind the temperature will rise a bit after you stop cooking it.
  • You can add a bit of lemon zest to this dish if you want even more lemony flavor. I use my Microplane for this.

What to serve with creamy lemon chicken

Rice or mashed potatoes go very well. Vegetable-wise, green beans, asparagus, or sweet corn go fabulously with this dish. You could even serve it over pasta.

More easy lemon chicken recipes:

close-up of creamy lemon chicken

I hope you will give these creamy pan-fried lemon chicken breasts a try!

Questions? Talk to me in the comments below.

creamy lemon chicken in a copper skillet
4.89 from 18 votes

Easy Creamy Lemon Chicken

This creamy lemon chicken recipe is fast, simple, and uses everyday pantry ingredients. You will love the tangy lemon sauce. The chicken melts in your mouth! Easy and elegant!
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 25 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 2 large chicken breasts cut in half lengthwise
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Flour for dredging
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 cup heavy/whipping cream
  • Salt & pepper
  • Fresh parsley chopped (optional)


  • Slice your chicken breasts in half lengthwise to make thinner cutlets. Generously season them with salt & pepper on both sides, and sprinkle the garlic powder on both sides evenly. Dredge them in flour.
  • In a large skillet over medium-high heat, melt the butter and olive oil. When the pan's hot, add the chicken and cook it for 4-5 minutes per side, until golden. Take the chicken out of the pan and set it aside.
  • Add the chicken broth and lemon juice to the pan, and let it cook for about a minute (make sure to scrape up the brown bits at the bottom of the pan). 
  • Add the chicken back into the pan and pour the cream over top. Let the sauce simmer for 5 minutes or so, until the cream thickens up a bit and the chicken is cooked through completely. 
  • Before serving, I like to grate some lemon zest and stir it into the sauce, but this is totally optional. Add more salt & pepper if needed and sprinkle parsley over top if using. Serve immediately. 


  • You could swap the chicken broth with dry white wine if desired. 
  • I don't recommending swapping the cream for half-and-half or milk because the lemon juice may cause the sauce to separate/curdle.
  • Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy only and should be construed as an estimate rather than a guarantee. Ingredients can vary and Salt & Lavender makes no guarantees to the accuracy of this information.


Calories: 426kcal, Carbohydrates: 4g, Protein: 26g, Fat: 34g, Saturated Fat: 18g, Cholesterol: 169mg, Sodium: 311mg, Potassium: 486mg, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 1083IU, Vitamin C: 7mg, Calcium: 44mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. Sallie Schweinhaut says:

    5 stars
    I add mushrooms to mine and it turned out amazing.

    1. Natasha says:

      Lovely!! 😀 Thanks so much for your 5-star review, Sallie!

  2. Niki says:

    5 stars
    So good!

    1. Natasha says:

      Thank you, Niki!

  3. Sally Myrick says:

    5 stars

    1. Natasha says:

      Thank you, Sally!!

  4. Christina F. says:

    This is always delicious! I started to make it tonight and realized my cream had turned. What I did was use 3/4 of a cup of broth, and 3/4 of a cup of dry white wine. I added them both at the time you would normally add the broth as I wanted to cook out the alcohol. At the end of cooking, I added a bit of corn starch mixed with cold water. This came out great! I highly suggest using the cream but if you don’t have it, this is a very nice alternative.

    1. Natasha says:

      I’m so glad it worked out with the swaps, Christina! 🙂

  5. Lynn says:

    Can I omit the flour or sub for almond flour for a gluten-free option?

    1. Miranda @ Salt & Lavender says:

      Almond flour won’t thicken the sauce. I’d just skip it in this case.

  6. Alyssa says:

    5 stars
    This is so easy and delicious. The whole family loves it and we usually include it in our weekly rotation or swap it out for salt and lavender’s chicken florentine.

    1. Natasha says:

      I’m so happy to hear that, Alyssa! 😀 Appreciate your review!

      1. Tanya says:

        5 stars
        Delicious recipe!! Thank you for this. I followed the recipe exactly and it turned out great! Definitely will be making this again!!

        1. Natasha says:

          Fantastic!! 😀 Thank you, Tanya!