Mom's Lemon Chicken

November 12, 2015
0 Ratings
Photo by bitememore
  • Serves 6
Author Notes

This Lemon Chicken Recipe is, much like our Mom, the hands-down best. Why is it among our most-requested recipes? Perhaps it's because the chicken is marinated in white wine and lemon juice, or that it's topped with a sprinkle of brown sugar or, it could be because it's baked in a citrus broth mixture to juicy perfection. You better stock up on lemons because this Lemon Chicken is going to become a weeknight staple. —bitememore

What You'll Need
  • Lemon Marinade
  • 3/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • Chicken
  • 6 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil, divided in half
  • 6 lemon slices
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1/4 fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds, for topping
  1. Combine lemon juice, olive oil, white wine and chicken breasts in a large glass bowl. Cover and refrigerate at least 4 hours, but preferably overnight.
  2. Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat a 13x9-inch baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine flour, lemon zest, salt and pepper. Remove chicken from marinade (discard remaining marinade) and lightly coat in flour mixture, shaking off excess.
  4. In a large skillet, heat 2 tbsp of the olive oil over medium heat. Add half the chicken breasts and cook until browned, about 3 minutes per side. Transfer browned chicken to the prepared baking dish and repeat with remaining 2 tbsp oil and chicken, adding to baking dish in a single layer.
  5. Sprinkle brown sugar over chicken breasts. Pour chicken broth and lemon juice around chicken. Top each breast with a lemon slice and bake for 20 minutes. Garnish with toasted sesame seeds.

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4 Reviews

scott January 29, 2017
how much lemon juice do you add to the pan in step 5 you have the broth quantity not the lemon juice
bitememore January 30, 2017
Hi Scott! Sorry about that! You add in 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice. Enjoy!
Mary A. June 26, 2016
How much lemon juice and chicken broth? Why isn't this in the recipe?
bitememore June 27, 2016
Hi Mary Anne! Sorry about the glitch! The recipe has been updated with lemon juice and chicken broth quantities. Enjoy!