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Honey Garlic Lemon Chicken

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Looking for a delicious and easy dinner option that combines the tangy zest of lemon with the sweet allure of honey and the robust flavor of garlic? Look no further! Our honey garlic lemon chicken recipe is here to transform your dinner routine.

Other dinner recipes you may love are our hearty Beefaroni recipe, Olive Garden Chicken Pasta, or No Peek Chicken.

chicken breast with twisted lemon on top sitting in cast iron pan.

Why This Dinner Recipe Stands Out

This Honey Garlic Lemon Chicken isn’t just another chicken recipe. It’s a symphony of flavors that turns a simple chicken dinner into a feast for the senses. It’s ideal for those seeking easy chicken recipes that don’t compromise on taste.

  • Whether you’re looking for baked chicken breast recipes, boneless chicken breast recipes, or just the best chicken recipes to add to your repertoire, this dish checks all the boxes.

It’s quick, healthy, and utterly delicious, making it one of the best chicken dinner ideas for busy weeknights.

chicken dinner breast recipe.

Honey Garlic Lemon Chicken Recipe

Ingredients You’ll Need

Chicken: 2 chicken breasts, the star of our dish.

Flavor Enhancers: 1/4 cup all-purpose flour, one teaspoon lemon pepper, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon paprika for the perfect seasoning.

The sauce: 1/2 cup honey, the zest, and juice of 1 fresh lemon, two tablespoons minced garlic, and two teaspoons soy sauce for that irresistible honey garlic lemon glaze.

Vegetables: 1 zucchini squash, cut into rounds and then quartered to add freshness and balance to the meal.

Cooking Fats: 2 tablespoons olive oil and two tablespoons butter for frying and sautéing to perfection.

How to make Honey Glazed Garlic Lemon Chicken Breasts

Preparation: Start by heating olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Mix flour, lemon pepper, salt, and paprika in a shallow dish for dredging.

Cook the chicken: Dredge each chicken breast in flour, ensuring an even coat. Fry in the hot oil for 6–8 minutes per side until golden brown.

dredge chicken breast in seasoned flour.

Make the sauce: whisk together honey, lemon zest and juice, garlic, and soy sauce.

This golden mixture will be your chicken’s best companion.

soy and garlic lemon in a sauce being whisked.

Sauté vegetables: Add zucchini and butter to the skillet around the chicken. Sauté for 3–4 minutes, infusing the zucchini with the flavors in the pan.

adding zucchini to chicken breasts to fry up.

Combine and Serve: Reduce heat to low, add the honey garlic sauce, and drizzle over the chicken and zucchini.

Let it heat for a minute, allowing the flavors to meld. The sauce will thicken slightly, draping the chicken and vegetables in a glossy, flavorful coat.

glazed chicken.

Can I use boneless chicken thighs instead of breasts?

Absolutely! This recipe is versatile. Thighs can add more juiciness to your dish.

Is this recipe suitable for meal prep?

Yes, it’s perfect for meal prep. Store it in an airtight container, and it’ll be as tasty the next day.

How can I make this dish healthier?

Use less honey and butter if you’re watching your calorie intake, or substitute with healthier alternatives.

glazed chicken sitting on zucchini with lemon on top.

Side Dishes that Work well with chicken

This Honey Garlic Lemon Chicken recipe comes with its own side- ❤️ zucchini. However, if you want to continue to fill up the plate with other goodies, try one of these delicious options.

It’s a dish that promises simplicity without sacrificing flavor, making it a staple in your collection of easy chicken recipes. Give it a try tonight and watch it become an instant favorite in your household.

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Honey Garlic Lemon Chicken with Zucchini


Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Honey Garlic Lemon Chicken with Zucchini is a simple, flavorful dish featuring pan-fried chicken and sautéed zucchini in a zesty honey garlic lemon sauce. The chicken is coated in a seasoned flour mixture, then everything is drizzled with the homemade glaze for a perfect blend of sweet and tangy. It's an easy yet impressive meal ideal for both weeknights and special occasions.

Equipment

  • Large Cast Iron Pan (we like a 12 inch)

Ingredients
 

Proteins:

  • 2 chicken breasts

Vegetables:

  • 1 zucchini squash cut into rounds and then quartered
  • 1 fresh lemon for zest and juice
  • Sliced fresh lemon optional for serving

Pantry Items:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce

Spices:

  • 1 teaspoon lemon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika

Dairy:

  • 2 tablespoons butter

Instructions

  • Prepare the Skillet: Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat until hot.
  • Coat the Chicken: Mix together 1/4 cup all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon lemon pepper, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon paprika in a shallow dish. Dredge each chicken breast in the flour mixture, ensuring an even coating on both sides.
  • Fry the Chicken: Place the coated chicken breasts in the hot oil and fry for about 6-8 minutes per side, until well browned.
  • Make the Sauce: In a bowl, whisk together 1/2 cup honey, the zest and juice of 1 fresh lemon, 2 tablespoons minced garlic, and 2 teaspoons soy sauce. Set this honey garlic sauce aside.
  • Cook the Zucchini: Add the quartered zucchini rounds and 2 tablespoons butter to the skillet, positioning them around the chicken. Continue to cook over medium heat for 3-4 minutes.
  • Add the Sauce: Reduce the heat to low and pour the honey garlic sauce over the chicken and zucchini. Let everything heat together for 1 minute.
  • Serve: Remove the skillet from the heat. Serve the chicken and zucchini hot, garnished with sliced lemon if desired.

Notes

This dish can be served over rice.
Chicken needs to be cooked to an internal temperature of 165°F (74°C) to ensure it is safe to eat. This temperature kills any harmful bacteria that might be present, such as Salmonella and Campylobacter. It’s important to use a meat thermometer to check the thickest part of the chicken breast to get an accurate reading. Once the chicken reaches this temperature, it’s safe to consume.

Nutrition

Serving: 1portion | Calories: 847kcal

Nutritional Disclaimer: The nutritional data provided here is auto-calculated and intended for your convenience only. As it’s generated via automation, its accuracy may be compromised. For precise nutritional insight, please compute the values utilizing the actual ingredients in your recipe through your chosen nutrition calculator or application.

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