Creamy Lemon Parmesan Chicken Breasts

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An easy one-pan chicken breasts recipe cooked in a creamy lemon garlic sauce. This Creamy Lemon Parmesan Chicken is a company worthy dinner that you can have any day of the week.

Creamy Lemon Parmesan Chicken in a skillet

DELICIOUS PARMESAN CRUSTED BAKED CHICKEN BREASTS

Indulgent Lemon Parmesan Chicken is just pan seared, parmesan-crusted chicken breasts prepared in a creamy sauce with garlic, lemon juice, cheese, and cream. And, you guessed it; it’s LOW in carbs and Keto-friendly!

Sidenote: I definitely am not a Keto-dedicated blog – just look at my Creamy Lemon Chicken – but Keto-everything is so damn good. Amirite? It’s like a carnivore’s heaven swimming in cream-sauces. 🍽

The proof is in this recipe. Rich and creamy skillet dinner that’s ready in about 30 minutes, and all cooked in just one pan. Besides, you won’t be able to get enough of the sauce!

Parmesan crusted chicken breasts

HOW TO MAKE CREAMY LEMON PARMESAN CHICKEN

This chicken recipe is beautiful, simple, and easy enough for a weeknight dinner.

  • Start with combining finely grated parmesan cheese and seasonings in a mixing bowl.
  • Pound down the chicken breasts to about 1/2-inch thickness; spread a bit of olive oil over each chicken breast, and generously season with the parmesan cheese mixture. Rub it in well. 
  • Heat up a skillet with butter and olive oil; cook the chicken until golden on both sides and no longer pink.
  • Remove chicken from pan; melt more butter in the pan and add garlic. 
  • Pour in chicken broth, cream, more parmesan cheese, salt, and pepper. 
  • Whisk in lemon juice and cook until slightly thickened.
  • Return chicken to skillet and simmer for a few minutes.
  • Garnish with lemon slices and parsley; serve. 

Skillet chicken breasts with lemon sauce

The chicken is tender crispy and the lemon parmesan flavor is incredible. If you’re not watching them carbs, grab a loaf of bread and have at it! 😍

WHAT SIDES TO SERVE WITH LEMON CHICKEN

A side of my Roasted Green Beans would be perfect for this. I also suggest trying my Pan Roasted Asparagus Almondine.

HOW TO STORE LEFTOVERS

Leftovers should be kept in an airtight container and stored in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

Pan seared chicken breasts with lemon cream sauce

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5 from 9 votes
Pan seared chicken breasts with lemon cream sauce
Creamy Lemon Parmesan Chicken
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 

An easy, bright, and creamy one-pan recipe for chicken breasts cooked in a velvety lemon garlic sauce. 30-minutes from start to finish!

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American, Italian, Mediterranean
Keyword: chicken breast recipe, chicken breasts, chicken parmesan, keto chicken recipes, keto dinner idea, lemon chicken, lemon recipes, low carb recipe
Servings: 4 serves
Calories: 431 kcal
Ingredients
  • 4 (about 1 pound, total) boneless skinless chicken breasts, pounded down to 1/2-inch thickness
  • 3/4 cup grated parmesan cheese, divided
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • zest of 1/2 lemon
  • salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2/3 cup low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice, (adjust to taste - you may want less or more)
  • chopped fresh parsley, for garnish
  • lemon slices, for garnish (optional)
Instructions
  1. In a mixing bowl combine 1/3-cup parmesan cheese, garlic powder, basil, thyme, lemon zest, salt, and pepper.

  2. Drizzle a bit of olive oil over each chicken breast and rub the prepared seasoning all around the chicken. You can also put the seasoning in a shallow dish and dredge the chicken breasts in it.

  3. Heat a large skillet over medium high heat; add oil and melt 1 tablespoon butter.
  4. Once heated, add chicken and sear until golden, about 5 minutes. Flip and continue to cook for 5 more minutes, or until golden. Cooking time will depend on the thickness of the chicken breasts.
  5. Remove chicken from skillet; set aside and keep covered.
  6. Melt remaining butter in the skillet.
  7. Add garlic; lower heat to medium and cook for 20 seconds.
  8. Whisk in chicken broth; whisk in cream and remaining Parmesan cheese; season with more salt and pepper, if desired, and stir until combined.

  9. Continue to cook for about 2 minutes, or until thicker.
  10. Whisk in the lemon juice and cook for 1 more minute.
  11. Return chicken back into the pan; let simmer in the sauce for about 2 to 3 minutes, or until heated through.
  12. Remove from heat; garnish with lemon slices and parsley.
  13. Serve.
Recipe Notes

WW FREESTYLE POINTS: 16

  • To lower your POINTS down to 10, use Half & Half in place of Heavy Cream, and use 3 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil; omit the butter.

Nutrition Facts
Creamy Lemon Parmesan Chicken
Amount Per Serving (6 ounces)
Calories 431 Calories from Fat 306
% Daily Value*
Fat 34g52%
Saturated Fat 18g90%
Cholesterol 169mg56%
Sodium 220mg9%
Potassium 515mg15%
Carbohydrates 4g1%
Fiber 0g0%
Sugar 0g0%
Protein 26g52%
Vitamin A 1085IU22%
Vitamin C 5.4mg7%
Calcium 59mg6%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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13 Responses
  1. Lauren

    It sounded delicious so I read the introduction first. Yummy! Then I read the ingredients list and was skeptical. The nutrition information made me stop printing.

    Eighteen grams of saturated fat per serving is more sat fat than you should eat in a week! 18 grams! This is a dangerous meal to eat.

    If you eliminate the cream, you’d totally change the recipe. Half & half is still high in sat fat.

    Cheese, butter and cream; suicide in a meal.

    1. Hi Lauren,

      A large portion of my readers are following a low-carb and/or keto-lifestyle, so recipes like this one are exactly what they need. It’s a high protein, high fat, low carb diet and this chicken recipe fits in perfectly.

  2. Shelley126

    Very good recipe. I sauteed zucchini noodles in Garlic oil 1st,removed them until the chicken was ready. Made the sauce then added all together. Turned out perfect! The lemon & zest added just enough acidity to bring all the flavors together. Will make again.

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