Lemon-Pepper Fried Chicken


This lemon-pepper chicken was popular with my friends in grad school. We used to do the prep work at our desk and coffee table in the living room since we had only about 1 1/2 square feet of counter space in our tiny kitchenette. Serve chicken over rice with gravy, garnished with freshly ground pepper and lemon zest.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
35 mins
4 servings


  • 2 cups bread crumbs

  • 3 tablespoons lemon-pepper seasoning

  • 2 teaspoons dried basil

  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano

  • 1 ½ teaspoons garlic powder

  • salt to taste

  • 4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves

  • 2 large eggs, beaten

  • vegetable oil for frying


  1. Mix bread crumbs, lemon-pepper seasoning, basil, oregano, garlic powder, and salt together in a shallow dish.

  2. Pat chicken pieces dry with paper towels, dip in beaten eggs, and dredge through bread crumb mixture.

  3. Heat enough oil to thickly coat the bottom of a frying pan over medium heat. Fry chicken until golden brown and no longer pink in the center, 8 to 10 minutes per side. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center of a chicken breast should read at least 165 degrees F (74 degrees C).

Cook's Note:

If serving with rice and gravy, prepare gravy according to package instructions, adding a squirt of lemon juice and a sprinkle of basil.

Editor's Note:

We have determined the nutritional value of oil for frying based on a retention value of 10% after cooking. Amount will vary depending on cooking time and temperature, ingredient density, and specific type of oil used.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

507 Calories
21g Fat
48g Carbs
30g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 507
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 21g 27%
Saturated Fat 5g 24%
Cholesterol 158mg 53%
Sodium 1718mg 75%
Total Carbohydrate 48g 17%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 30g
Vitamin C 1mg 3%
Calcium 151mg 12%
Iron 5mg 26%
Potassium 340mg 7%

* 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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