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Honey Lemon Chicken

April 8, 2021 | By Jeremy Scheck | 79 Comments

My mom’s honey lemon chicken went viral last summer! Here’s the full tutorial.

Here are a couple tips for making the perfect honey lemon chicken:

  • Don’t skimp on the seasoning
  • Make sure the pan is hot to get good color
  • You can make it all in the same pan if you want, but if you double the recipe, you may need to dirty a second pan anyway to brown the chicken in batches- (and not every skillet is oven-safe, AND if you’re using cast iron, you may not want to have acidic lemon juice on it)
  • Make some rice (and a veggie) while the chicken is in the oven!
  • The oven is used mainly to cook the chicken all the way through, get a little caramelization in the lemons, and it gives you time to clean up and prepare other parts of the meal.
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Get your chicken breast, pan, flour, seasonings, and oil ready

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Add the butter with the oil, start browning chicken. You want the pan sizzling!

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Don’t worry about cooking the chicken all the way through, we’re just browning it.

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In the same pan, add the chicken stock, honey, and remaining butter

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Pour over the sauce

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add the lemon slices and red pepper flakes (optional), bake at 375° F for 25-30 mins.

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after baking…golden brown heaven.

Honey Lemon Chicken

Ingredients

  • 2 chicken breasts or equivalent chicken cutlets or chicken tenders (you can cut them how you like, but I like pounded and cut into thin strips)
  • 1/2 cup flour for dredging
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste
  • Garlic Powder, to taste
  • Paprika, to taste (I like non-smoked)
  • Oregano (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter (divided in 2)
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 3 lemons
  • red pepper flakes (optional)
  • fresh parsley, finely chopped

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375° F.
  2. Season the chicken breast and the flour generously with salt and pepper, garlic powder, paprika, and oregano if using.
  3. Preheat a large skillet over medium heat and add the oil.
  4. Lightly coat the chicken pieces in the season flour, (shake off excess), and start browning the chicken. The pan should be hot enough that it sizzles. Add the 1 tablespoon of butter. You aren't trying to fully cook the chicken at this point, just get color on each side.
  5. Transfer the browned chicken to an oven safe dish. In the pan you cooked the chicken, add the last tablespoon of butter, the chicken stock, and the honey. Let it simmer briefly, then pour the sauce over the chicken in the dish. Squeeze over the juice of 1-2 lemons.
  6. Cut the third lemon into thin slices (remove seeds! they will make it bitter), and arrange in the dish with the chicken. Top with red pepper flakes if desired.
  7. Bake at 375° F for 25-30 minutes, until the chicken is deeply golden brown, the sauce is a bit thicker, and the lemons are softened and slightly caramelized (you can eat them!)
  8. Top with fresh parsley and serve with rice.
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  1. This was my lunch almost everyday during the summer and after some time, I made it today and I still just can’t get enough of it! Super simple and all the ingredients are always in my pantry. Thank you, Jeremy!! 😋

  2. Made this last year and it was so good! The chicken was very juicy and flavorful. I just wish that I made the sauce a little thicker. Over all 10/10!

    1. This dish was so good and very easy to make! The recipe was very easy to follow and is fool proof. I will be making this chicken again! The flavors were delicious! The brightness from the lemon and the sweetness from the honey was balanced. I highly suggest adding the red chili flakes!

  3. I made this last summer for my boyfriend and we loved it so much I made it again the next week for my grandparents! Everyone loved this recipe and although I’m vegetarian now, this is one of the meals with meat that I miss. Very easy and delicious!

  4. This is my favorite recipe! My new go to dinner I’ve also subbed the chicken with tofu before and it’s still as delicious! Must try!!!!!

  5. I have NO photos, my apologies. Easy to make, DELICIOUS! I did boneless chicken thighs bc I don’t like breast and it loved it!

  6. Made it earlies this summer for my family and we fell in love with it!! It tasted so fresh and the sweetness went perfect with the chicken. Seeing the recipe on instagram reminded me of it again and i might make it this week!

  7. This dish is SO good!! I’ve made it probably twenty times since it was posted on Tiktok in the summer. My family loves it, my boyfriend loves it, I love it. So good, so easy, the recipe is perfect exactly as it is!!

  8. I’ve made this many times and it has become one of our favorites! My mom has to be gluten free so I use corn starch instead of flour and it works just fine. Highly recommend!

  9. DAMN DAMN DAMNNNN
    rhis is actually one of the best recipes I’ve made. this sauce is so flavorful and i make it a ton now! Jeremy never fails 🥰

  10. So tasty! The perfect midweek dinner- uses simple ingredients you’ll probably have at home. I served with pasta and roast med veg and had the leftovers for lunch. Absolutely delicious and will be making again and again!!

  11. Absolutely delicious! Made it with substitute flour to avoid the gluten and it still came out so tasty. My husband even loved it so much he asked to have it meal prepped for lunches next week. Already saved the recipe for future dinner rotations.

  12. This chicken was really flavorful and super juicy! It was really easy to make as well even though I made a much bigger batch. Instead of 2 chicken breasts I used 2-3 lbs and pretty much just eyeballed everything instead of doing conversions. Still turned out great and would definitely recommend.

  13. This recipe was amazing and the chicken really does get quite crispy! I used chicken thighs and that seemed to work just as well 🙂 One modification I would make is to put less sliced lemon because the rind makes the sauce a tad bitter for my liking but other than that, this recipe is easily a 5/5 and everyone I had try it loved it!! Thanks, Mrs. Scheck 😀

  14. Amazing, quick and delicious! Whole family enjoyed it. Will definitely be trying out more of your recipes.

  15. I made this for dinner tonight. Everyone in my family loved it!!! It was simple to make and had mostly all ingredients in my kitchen already. Delicious!!!!

  16. Make this. Make this chicken. Make this chicken now. It’s so easy to make and tastes like it was very difficult. Absolute perfection!

  17. Has anyone tried this with turkey breasts? I was wondering if this might work as well as it seems to be the only thing available in my supermarket at the moment. Would you reckon it would make a huge difference?

  18. This was so good! It was easy to make and nice that all the ingredients needed were easily accessible and already in my pantry. Definitely going into my long term recipe bank

  19. This is such a tasty and easy recipe! Definitely follow the instructions and only brown the chicken in the pan – don’t cook it all the way. I accidentally cooked it all the way the first time I tried this and it turned out a little dry.

  20. I have literally never in my life commented on a recipe, but I just HAD to for this incredible chicken. It’s so simple, so easy, and yet has a fantastic flavor. I was amazed at how juicy and tender the chicken turned out. No need for a knife at all. The best part was the fact that everyone in my family LOVED it! This NEVER happens. My three year old loved it and my six year old who claims to hate all chicken (except chicken nuggets, which he correctly says is not real chicken lol) liked it too! It’s a miracle. Thank you!!!!!

  21. This recipe is so good! It’s a perfect balance of savory, sweet and acid. I’ll definitely add red pepper flakes next time, it needs a little heat. 10/10 will make again 🙂

  22. Just made this and even my 2 year old loved it. Want to double ingredients for leftovers, but too easy to make fresh.

  23. I’ve made this recipe three times and it is now one of my favorite meals!
    I’ve tested out so many recipes from Scheck Eats and have loved them all, but I keep coming back to this one!!
    Thank you Jeremy!!

  24. This is THE. BEST. thing I have ever tasted. And it’s so easy. I’ll be making this weekly from now on. Maybe more often than that.

  25. This is on of my go to dinners!! It’s easy to make and so delicious. Love making rice to soak up all the sauce and adding a bunch of red pepper flakes like Jeremy suggests!! YUM

  26. I just made this and omg this is so good! The chicken is so moist because while it’s in the oven it’s covered in juice and then the rice with the juice is amazing. I had it with a side of sautéd cabbage and onions and it just paired so well. Definitely making this again for my in laws!

  27. This was absolutely DELICIOUS! I doubled the sauce. Will definitely be part of my rotation!! Especially because I’m a college student, like Scheck, & the entire 5 servings meal I made was under $10!!!!

  28. This was so!!!! good!!! Just made it tonight after watching the tik tok for it several times. It was super easy to make and super filling! I’m in college and this will definitely start to be a part of my weekly rotation it was that good and easy.

  29. Finally tried this recipe and OMG definitely added to my go to meals! Can’t wait to share this with my family when they visit!

  30. This is one of my new favorite chicken dishes! I already made it twice this week. It’s so fresh with the parsley and the chicken is so juicy. 10/10 recommend!

  31. This was amazing! Super easy to make and made me feel fancy. Definitely do not be shy with how much you season if you like your food extra flavorful though! Can’t wait to make this again!!

  32. My fiancé and I have this probably every week. I normally just leave it to fry longer and don’t bake ( my southern fried chicken heart can’t not fry chicken ) but it’s so good and a favorite of both of our families now

  33. Absolutely delicious the lemon gives it such a lightness and freshness!! Definitely going in my rotation of favorites.

  34. An easy and delicious recipe, will be adding this to my rotation if dishes. I also just made a little extra sauce and used the left overs over pasta!!

  35. My husband and I made this for dinner and it was delicious! Clear instructions with a flavorful result – definitely recommend

  36. It’s easy, delicious, and never fails to impress. I’ve made this recipe multiple times and it quickly became a household favorite. My advice, don’t skimp with the seasoning! I also substitute the breasts for boneless skinless chicken thighs and it still comes out amazing!

  37. This was sooo easy to make and so delicious. Normally not a fan of chicken in general, I think it‘s too dry and flavorless. But omg!!!! This was so flavorful and yummy. Definitely going to make this again soon.

  38. I’ve made this for my family many times and it’s always a hit! It’s seriously so simple to make and the chicken is so juicy. The sauce soaks into the coating of the chicken and it’s so flavorful. Love serving it with rice and roasted veggies. Definitely try this recipe if you’re looking for a easy dinner recipe!

  39. Whenever I make a Jeremy Scheck I know its going to be delicious. This recipe is simple, easy to follow, and delicious. Thank you!!

  40. Whenever I make a Jeremy Scheck recipe I know its going to be delicious. This recipe is simple, easy to follow, and delicious. Thank you!!

  41. The most delicious and simple chicken recipe. I make this once a week and everyone I cook for loves it. Makes great leftovers as well! I always make extra for my sister and I to take to work for lunch the next day.

  42. I am a picky meat eater, and I am used to cooking mainly chicken breast. I came across this recipe while searching for a new way to innovate. My husband does not enjoy lemon and lime on food, so I was a little worried. This dish was a HIT! We both absolutely loved it. It was so juicy, the flavors came across just right. Highly recommend.

  43. This was awesome! Super easy and straightforward. Doubled the recipe so I can have leftovers. Paired it with Rice and Greek salad, so good! Thanks Jeremy!!

  44. Made this chicken for a few friends as our last Sunday dinner at school, it turned out so good and everyone loved it! Paired with mashed potatoes and corn. I will definitely be making this again!

  45. Made this for dinner tonight and it was fantastic! This will be entering the weekly rotation. It has so much flavor and yet is so simple and easy to make. I recommend adding the red pepper as it gives a lot of dimension and extra flavor

  46. Made this for dinner and it was so so easy and delish! Paired it with white rice. Will be in the rotation in our house. Love all your recipes Jeremy!

  47. Such a crowd pleaser! Made this for dinner and my family loved it. It was super easy to make and delicious.

  48. This turned out great! I’ve never cooked chicken before because I’m afraid of undercooking meat, but this was truly foolproof. The chicken was extremely tender and delicious. Easy recipe. I served this with garlic mashed potatoes and it was a hit!

  49. I’ve made this several times, always a huge hit!! It’s so good, so easy and I make a double batch bc the leftovers are such a treat

  50. This is my family’s favorite dish. Simple ingredients, easy to make and it’s perfect everytime. Try the lemon slices!

  51. THIS IS SO FLAVORFUL and tastes so good
    Guests are always impressed when I make this
    The chicken tastes citrusy, it’s juicy and quick to make.
    LOVE THIS. it’s my go to recipe now

  52. I made this for my roommates — it was so delicious! The red pepper flakes added a perfect touch, and the chicken was so juicy.

  53. Wow! Get ready for some delicious chicken! I just made this for lunch. I cook a lot and have tried many many chicken dishes. This by far is probably the best chicken recipe I have tried. The combination of flavors of sweet and savory together. I followed exactly and it did not disappoint. Moist,tender and the spice combo with honey and lemon, omg! I’m making this again.

  54. super easy and the whole family loved it…a dish the everyone will eat is hard to come by but not anymore!!

  55. I’ve made this probably a dozen times now, even switching the citrus out for what looks nice in the store, oranges, grapefruits, limes, mixing some together. Never fails to turn out delicious. When I use a sweet citrus like oranges, I even supreme it and cook some of the fruit into the sauce

  56. Made this today for the first time. Oh. my. goodness. Amazing flavor! I didn’t have paprika so I substituted with cayenne pepper and it’s just wow!

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