This Easy Pan-Fried Lemon Chicken recipe is a staple in my weekly food prep, and it’s paleo and Whole30-friendly!
As an urban apartment dweller, I don’t have a grill, so finding a way to cook chicken breasts that didn’t result in a dry chunk of protein became a priority. Seriously, not much more sad than a dry chicken breast, amirite?
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I’m also in love with brining chicken and pork prior to cooking but that requires some planning and extra time to let the brine sit, so this Easy Pan-Fried Lemon Chicken has become my go-to method for quick prep.
What really takes it to the next level is using a microplane or small grater to add the zest of the lemon to the mix. It really bumps up the lemony flavor!
I recommend doubling or tripling this Easy Pan-Fried Lemon Chicken recipe so you have leftovers for your week ahead. It’s great tossed on salad or paired with some veggies and a quick sauce for a complete meal.
Easy Pan-Fried Lemon Chicken Recipe
Easy Pan-Fried Lemon Chicken is the juiciest chicken breast recipe you'll ever make. Never eat dry chicken again.
- 1 chicken breast
- Zest and juice of 1 lemon
- 1-2 tsp olive oil or avocado oil
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- 1/8 tsp black pepper
- In a large plastic ziptop bag, combine the chicken breast, lemon zest & juice, olive oil, salt and pepper. Press the air out of the bag and seal.
- Use a meat pounder or rolling pin to flatten the chicken breast into one even thickness.
- Let the chicken marinate for at 30 minutes for best results but you can cook it right away if needed.
- Heat a skillet over medium-high heat and add more of your fat of choice, such as coconut oil.
- Cook the chicken for 4-5 minutes per side or until completely cooked through.
- Let the meat rest for at least 5 minutes before slicing.