25 Lemon Chicken Recipes Full of Fresh Flavor

a top-down view of golden brown chicken thighs in a buttery sauce, garnished with lemon slices and chopped parsley
Photo: France C

Nothing adds flavor and brightness to bland and boring chicken quite like lemon. And that's why we have no shortage of lemon chicken recipes to share. From classic lemon chicken dishes like Chicken Piccata, to soon-to-be favorites like lemon barbeque chicken, here are 25 of our best lemon chicken recipes to get you inspired.

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Quick Chicken Piccata

quick chicken piccata over spaghetti
Sydney Bassing

Chef John's chicken piccata is as quick and easy as it is delicious. More than 1,500 glowing reviews can't be wrong! Try it once and this will become your go-to chicken piccata recipe.

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Greek Lemon Chicken and Potatoes

Greek Lemon Chicken and Potatoes with herb garnish
Kim's Cooking Now

Looking for an easy, one-pan dinner for busy weeknights? Look no further. "I don't have the energy or courage to cater for a living but, if I did, this Greek lemon chicken and potatoes would be one of my go-to entrees, and not just for big, fat weddings," says Chef John. "It's a proven crowd-pleaser, simple to make, and easy on the wallet."

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Baked Lemon Chicken with Mushroom Sauce

Baked Lemon Chicken with Mushroom Sauce

Zesty lemon and earthy mushroom contrast in this simple yet elegant dish. "I loved the lemony taste of the chicken, and the mushroom sauce was great," says reviewer Patsy Snyder Hennessey.

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Roasted Lemon Herb Chicken

Roasted Lemon Herb whole Chicken on orange platter
Allrecipes Magazine

"Huge payoff for very little fuss," says reviewer naples34102. "The flavor was out of this world excellent." Bring your chicken from boring to full of flavor using ingredients you'll likely already have on hand.

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Grilled Lemon Chicken

Grilled Lemon Chicken breast next to white rice on orange plate
Allrecipes Trusted Brands

Summer grilling just got more flavorful thanks to this lemon marinade that's perfect for chicken. Reviewer SHERRYFISHER says, "FANTASTIC! I only had time to marinate for 20 minutes and it was still great. I also used some of the marinade on zucchini and grilled it."

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Chicken with Lemon-Caper Sauce

Chicken with Lemon-Caper Sauce over spaghetti on blue plate

This version of Chicken Piccata might remind you of a version from a famous chain restaurant. "I worked for Olive Garden for 9 years and this was one of my favorites. This recipe is amazingly awesome! Just like Olive Garden's," says reviewer Stormi L. "My only suggestion is to double or TRIPLE the sauce because I love to dip my bread in it as well as make sure my meat is coated well."

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Lemon Butter Chicken

Lemon Butter Chicken over broccoli and pasta
kristen m

"I love lemons on everything and created this quick and easy recipe one night. You can reduce the lemon juice for a less lemony taste," says recipe creator paynes. "I use tenderloins for a shorter cooking time. It is even better if you have the time to marinate. The leftover juice is great served with rice or to dip with Texas Toast or rolls."

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Simply Lemon Baked Chicken

Whole baked chicken on lettuce with lemon slice
Beth Wand Sidell

Weeknight dinners just got easier thanks to this simple rotisserie chicken recipe. Simply sprinkle a whole chicken with fresh lemon and paprika, stuff with lemon halves, and bake! "Absolutely the juiciest chicken I've ever had," says reviewer KIKUKAT.

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Slow Cooker Lemon Pepper Chicken

Slow Cooker Lemon Pepper Chicken
Deb C

For a completely hands-off approach to cooking a whole chicken, cook it in the slow cooker so it can really soak up all the lemony goodness. "This was excellent. The chicken turned out tender and moist," says reviewer StrawberrySmoothie.

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Lemon Herb Barbeque Sauce for Chicken

Lemon Herb Barbeque Sauce for Chicken on white plate with lemon slice
Alberta Rose

Take barbeque chicken to a whole new level by using fresh lemon juice. Reviewer MARYLAUREN describes this recipe as, "A wonderful marinade. Really penetrates the meat with lemon flavor."

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Lemony Mediterranean Chicken

Lemony Mediterranean Chicken on gray plate with roasted vegetables and rice
Allrecipes Trusted Brands

"Must admit that I was skeptical about this recipe because it was so simple. Sometimes simple is best. It turned out to be just outstanding--one of the best recipes I've discovered on this or any other site," says reviewer Bryan Giemza. Chicken breasts, potatoes, bell peppers, and red onions are baked in a juicy lemon-garlic mixture for a truly one-pan meal.

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Lemon Thyme Chicken Tenders

Lemon Thyme Chicken Tenders on plate with rice and asparagus
Pam Ziegler Lutz

"Sautéed chicken tenders get a flavor boost from fresh lemon and thyme. Great as a main meal or as a salad topper," says recipe creator BEE_QUEEN.

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Lemon Garlic Chicken Breasts

Lemon Garlic Chicken Breasts next to salad on white plate

"SO DELICIOUS! I made it and it had tons of flavor. Both the lemon and garlic came through and they balanced each other perfectly," says reviewer Caitlyn.

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Baked Lemon-Butter Chicken Thighs

a top-down view of golden brown chicken thighs in a buttery sauce, garnished with lemon slices and chopped parsley
France C

"These low-carb, keto-friendly chicken thighs are basted with a tangy and rich butter sauce. They are easy enough for a weeknight meal and guaranteed to impress the pickiest eaters," says recipe creator France C. "Serve over egg noodles, mashed potatoes, or rice, or alongside your favorite vegetables."

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Vietnamese Grilled Lemongrass Chicken

Vietnamese Grilled Lemongrass Chicken

Lemongrass adds a unique, citrus-herb flavor to grilled chicken. "Tastes just like the grilled chicken from our favorite Pho restaurant," says reviewer andy_chef.

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Creamy Lemon Chicken Thighs

Creamy Lemon Chicken Thighs

Recipe creator Destiny Elizabeth Glynn describes this as, "Tender dark-meat chicken thighs and drumsticks baked in a rich, creamy white sauce." Are you drooling yet?

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Braise-Roasted Chicken with Lemon and Carrots

Braise-Roasted Chicken with Lemon and Carrots
hello angie

As this spatchcock chicken roasts overtop a simple broth with carrots, onion, and lemons, you get a delicious gravy to boot! "Gorgeous crispy skin. Juicy flavorful meat. This was similar to a family favorite that usually takes me about 36 hours to create with a dry brine and citrus stuffing done in 2 hours," says reviewer The Cookie Girl.

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Lemon Chicken and Veggie Pasta

Lemon Chicken and Veggie Pasta on plate with red table cloth in background
Occasional Cooker

"It's often hard to find a healthy pasta dish without all the sauces but this one had great flavor texture and looked pretty too. I will definitely try this with company," says reviewer Janell. Chicken, vegetables, and pasta — this recipe is a whole meal in one.

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Lemon Basil Chicken

Lemon Basil Chicken on white platter with basil garnish

"I used chicken tenders instead of chicken breasts (what I had on hand), otherwise, followed the recipe. The magic happens when you cook down the sauce, it just gets lemony and super delicious. Sooooo easy and sooooo good," says reviewer lutzflcat.

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Butterflied Roast Chicken with Lemon and Rosemary

Butterflied Roast Chicken with Lemon and Rosemary

A whole, butterflied (spatchcocked) chicken is simply roasted with olive oil, lemon, rosemary, and white wine. It's an elegant dish that you can quickly throw together for company. Reviewer pauline lacy says, "This recipe was excellent! My family said it was the best whole chicken I ever made!"

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Instant Pot Lemon-Garlic Chicken

Instant Pot Lemon-Garlic Chicken

Instant-Pot obsessives know that this multi-cooker makes flavorful, juicy meat every time — and this recipe is no exception. "Prep technique, instructions, and ingredient quantities are perfect for this," says reviewer MLefers. "I will make it again, such a time saver for me to make a meat & potatoes kind of meal without a lot of time left in the day."

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Keto Lemon-Garlic Chicken Thighs in the Air Fryer

Keto Lemon-Garlic Chicken Thighs on lettuce and red cabbage
Buckwheat Queen

These keto-friendly chicken thighs are marinated in a lemon, garlic, and Dijon mustard mixture before cooking in the air fryer. Reviewer Buckwheat Queen says, "It's so easy and so delicious, it will be my go to method for chicken from now on. I actually used leg quarters instead of just thighs and times were the same. What an awesome recipe!"

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Instant Pot Keto Chicken Thighs in Lemon-Garlic Cream Sauce

Instant Pot® Keto Chicken Thighs in Lemon-Garlic Cream Sauce

"If you love lemon and garlic, you'll love this chicken main dish recipe whether you're on a keto diet or not. It's delicious with roasted asparagus on the side," says recipe creator fabeveryday. Some reviewers suggest cutting down on the broth and wine to get a thicker sauce.

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Roasted Lemon, Garlic, and Chicken

Roasted Lemon, Garlic, and Chicken on white platter
Zest to Impress

Chicken is roasted in a mixture of white wine, oil, shallots, lemon zest, lemon juice, oregano, and thyme. "The smell was so good while baking," says reviewer Sherry. "Chicken was so moist and flavorful and looked so beautiful when plated."

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Baked Lemon Chicken Breasts

Baked Lemon Chicken Breasts in square casserole dish

Chicken breasts are marinated in a mixture of lemon juice and spices before roasting in a pool of the flavorful marinade. This is a simple recipe with big flavor. "I made these with chicken thighs instead of breasts (since that's what we had), and it was delicious! I love the simplicity of the ingredients, but it was still full of flavor," says reviewer fabeveryday.

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