Lemon Pepper Chicken

LAST UPDATED: Jul 16, 2020 | PUBLISHED: Jul 01, 2020 | By: Julie Blanner

Lemon Pepper Chicken is juicy and loaded with flavor. It’s high in protein and low in fat and calories, and ready to serve in less than 30 minutes. Make it in the oven, stovetop or on the grill!

A white dish filled with lemon pepper chicken breasts, slices of lemon alongside.

My delicious Baked Chicken Breast received a facelift with Lemon Pepper Seasoning! It’s a delicious twist on the classic dish that’s incredible on it’s own, tossed in pasta, on salads, in wraps and so much more!

It’s an easy and amazing way to add a little summer flavor. The seasoning creates a delicious crust around the chicken, sealing in the juices. It’s incredibly tender.

Want to serve it in the most delicious way? Add this chicken on top of a bed of my lemon pepper pasta – it’s to die for! You’ve also got to try the lemon pepper salmon recipe we love in our house.

A white dish filled with lemon pepper chicken marinade on chicken breasts, slices of lemon alongside.

It’s low in calories, high in protein, gluten-free, dairy free, low carb, Whole 30 and Paleo. Serve it with a side of Roasted Cauliflower, Truffle Fries with Truffle Aioli or Baked Artichoke.

This easy chicken recipe takes just 5 minutes to prep, and it comes out perfect and juicy every single time!

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sliced chicken with lemon pepper seasoning.

Lemon Pepper Baked Chicken Ingredients

  • Chicken Breasts – Use skinless and boneless breasts for this recipe and organic if you can. You can also make this recipe with chicken thighs, but they will require a slightly longer cooking time.
  • Olive Oil – Brushing the chicken breasts with olive oil before baking helps the seasoning to stick, but it also helps to seal in the moisture. I like to use olive oil, but avocado or vegetable will also work.
  • Lemon Pepper Seasoning – I always have some of my lemon pepper seasoning in my cupboard, it’s so zingy and fresh! You can also use store bought.
A white dish filled with lemon pepper chicken breasts, slices of lemon alongside.

Recipe Variations

  • Fresh Lemon – Add fresh lemon slices for additional flavor.
  • Herbs – Add rosemary, basil or thyme for even more fresh flavor.

It’s really easy to make this lemon pepper chicken with other seasonings. Simply replace lemon pepper with:

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How To Make Lemon Pepper Chicken

In the Oven

  1. Prep – Preheat the oven.
  2. Coat – Brush the chicken breasts all over with olive oil and sprinkle the seasoning on each side. Three raw chicken breasts in a white baking dish, white basting brush on the top. Three raw chicken breasts covered in lemon pepper seasoning in a white baking dish, white basting brush on the top.
  3. Bake – Bake in the oven until cooked through. Internal temperature should reach 165° Fahrenheit. A white baking dish in an oven, filled with lemon pepper baked chicken.
  4. Rest – Let the chicken rest before slicing and serving. sliced chicken with lemon pepper seasoning.

On the Grill

  1. Prep – Preheat grill to medium and brush grate with oil to prevent chicken from sticking.
  2. Coat – Brush the chicken breasts all over with olive oil and sprinkle the seasoning on each side.
  3. Grill – Place breasts on the grill and grill 5-7 minutes on each side, closing the lid. Internal temperature should reach 165° Fahrenheit.
  4. Cover – Transfer to a platter or baking sheet, cover with foil and allow the chicken to rest before serving.
A white platter with a lemon pepper baked chicken breast sliced, knife to the side.

Stovetop

  1. Prep – Preheat cast iron skillet to medium-high and add 2 tablespoons oil to prevent chicken from sticking.
  2. Coat – Brush the chicken breasts all over with olive oil and sprinkle the seasoning on each side.
  3. Sauté – Add chicken to skillet. Brown on one side 5 minutes. Reduce heat to medium and flip chicken. Cook until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees Fahrenheit, about 10 minutes for smaller chicken breasts and 15 for larger chicken breasts.
  4. Rest – Let the chicken rest before slicing and serving.
sliced chicken with lemon pepper seasoning.

Serving Suggestions

Sides to Serve it With

For a low carb dinner, I like to serve this chicken with a couple of easy veggie side dishes or a fresh salad. If you want a heartier meal than it’s great with some potatoes. Try it with:

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Tips

How To Get The Juiciest Chicken

There are a few tricks to getting the most perfectly baked chicken, follow these and you will be so pleased with the results!

  • Let the chicken breasts come to room temperature before placing them in the oven. This will help them to cook more evenly.
  • Brush olive oil over the chicken before adding the seasoning. This helps to lock in the moisture.
  • Use a meat thermometer to check that the chicken is cooked through. It should register at 165F in the thickest part of the breast.
  • Let the chicken rest for 10 minutes before slicing it. This helps the juices to redistribute.

To Store

  • Refrigerate – Once the chicken has cooled to room temperature, place it in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.
  • Freeze – Wrap in freezer paper or plastic wrap. Place in a freezer bag and freeze up to 3 months. Place in refrigerator to thaw.

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A white dish filled with lemon pepper chicken marinade on chicken breasts, slices of lemon alongside.

Lemon Pepper Chicken

Julie Blanner
Lemon Pepper Chicken is juicy and loaded with flavor. It's high in protein and low in fat and calories, and ready to serve in less than 30 minutes. Make it in the oven, stovetop or on the grill!
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 3 servings
Calories 185 kcal

Ingredients
  

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees Farenheit.
  • Brush chicken with olive oil on both sides.
  • Sprinkle lemon pepper on both sides.
  • Bake 20 minutes (30 for larger breasts).
  • Allow chicken to rest 10 minutes before serving or slicing.

Notes

Substitutions

It’s really easy to make this lemon pepper chicken with other seasonings. Simply replace lemon pepper with:

Variations

  • Fresh Lemon – Add fresh lemon slices for additional flavor.
  • Herbs – Add rosemary, basil or thyme for even more fresh flavor.

How to Make Lemon Pepper Seasoning

  1. Combine 2 tablespoons lemon zest, 2 tablespoons coarse ground black pepper, 1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt.

How to Grill

  1. Preheat grill to medium and brush grate with oil to prevent chicken from sticking.
  2. Brush the chicken breasts all over with olive oil and sprinkle the seasoning on each side.
  3. Place breasts on the grill and grill 5-7 minutes on each side, closing the lid. Internal temperature should reach 165° Fahrenheit.
  4. Transfer to a platter or baking sheet, cover with foil and allow the chicken to rest before serving.

Stovetop

  1. Preheat cast iron skillet to medium-high and add 2 tablespoons oil to prevent chicken from sticking.
  2. Brush the chicken breasts all over with olive oil and sprinkle the seasoning on each side.
  3. Add chicken to skillet. Brown on one side 5 minutes. Reduce heat to medium and flip chicken. Cook until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees Fahrenheit, about 10 minutes for smaller chicken breasts and 15 for larger chicken breasts.
  4. Let the chicken rest before slicing and serving.

To Store

  • Refrigerate – Once the chicken has cooled to room temperature, place it in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.
  • Freeze – Wrap in freezer paper or plastic wrap. Place in a freezer bag and freeze up to 3 months. Place in refrigerator to thaw.

Nutrition

Calories:185kcalCarbohydrates:4gProtein:25gFat:8gSaturated Fat:1gCholesterol:72mgSodium:132mgPotassium:498mgFiber:2gSugar:1gVitamin A:67IUVitamin C:1mgCalcium:32mgIron:1mg
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