Easy Creamy Lemon Chicken


This dish is a snap to prepare but always hits the spot at my house. The creamy sauce with a hint of lemon keeps the chicken moist and delicious. Serve over pasta or rice.

Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
35 mins
6 servings


  • ½ cup salted butter

  • 6 skinless, boneless chicken breasts

  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice

  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest

  • 1 cup half-and-half

  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided, or to taste (Optional)


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  2. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook chicken until lightly browned on both sides, 5 to 7 minutes. Place in a baking dish.

  3. Stir lemon juice and zest into the leftover butter in the pan, and cook over medium-low heat, stirring, for 3 to 4 minutes. Stir in half-and-half slowly. Stir in 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese until sauce is smooth. Pour sauce over chicken.

  4. Bake in the preheated oven until chicken is no longer pink in the center and juices run clear, 20 to 30 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 165 degrees F (74 degrees C). Sprinkle remaining 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese on top.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

344 Calories
25g Fat
3g Carbs
28g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 344
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 25g 32%
Saturated Fat 15g 73%
Cholesterol 126mg 42%
Sodium 284mg 12%
Total Carbohydrate 3g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 28g
Vitamin C 5mg 23%
Calcium 134mg 10%
Iron 1mg 5%
Potassium 270mg 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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