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Lemon pepper chicken breast

This lemon pepper chicken breast recipe makes the most juicy and flavourful chicken, absolutely perfect to be enjoyed as is or shredded into your favourite dish or salad.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Course: Dinner, lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Keyword: chicken, lemon, pepper
Servings: 4
Calories: 137kcal
Author: Tonje
Cost: Cheap


  • 4 chicken breast fillets
  • 1 lemon, juice only
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • pinch of salt
  • 8 tablespoon creme fraiche (optionally - to make a sauce)


  • Squeeze the juice from a lemon over chicken breasts, and add a pinch of salt and freshly ground black pepper. Leave the chicken to marinate for at least 30 minutes.
  • Then, heat some cooking oil or cooking spray in a pan on medium high heat. Add the chicken fillets to the pan. Make sure not to overcrowd the pan, you might have to cook the chicken in batches.
  • Allow the fillets to cook until the surface has a nice, brown colouring, then flip them and cook on the other side. The chicken is done when you insert a skewer or toothpick into the thickest part of the chicken, and the juices run out clear.
    You can also use a termometer to make sure that the chicken has cooked through. Chicken is considered cooked when the thickest part of the meat has reached 75°C / 165°F.
  • If you want the make a simple creamy sauce, you can remove the chicken fillets from the pan and add creme fraiche to the empty pan. Stir until it's warmed through. The creme fraiche will pick up the flavours from the chicken, and make a delicious but simple sauce. Add more salt, pepper and lemon juice to taste.


How do you store leftovers? Leftover lemon pepper chicken breasts can be stored in the fridge for up to 4 days in an airtight container. Reheat them in the microwave, on the stove top or in the oven until piping hot before serving.
Can you freeze it? Yes! Lemon pepper chicken breasts freeze really well. Allow them to cool completely before freezing them for up to 3 months in an airtight container. Thaw frozen chicken in the fridge over night, then reheat them before serving.
Can you use frozen chicken breasts in this recipe? You can use frozen chicken breasts if you thaw them before use. Chicken breasts can thaw in the fridge over night, then you can use them like you would use fresh chicken fillets.
Can you use other cuts of chicken? Absolutely! You can use the lemon pepper sauce on chicken thighs, drumsticks or wings as well. If you do, please allow for a longer cooking time as bone-in chicken usually cooks slower.


Calories: 137kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 72mg | Sodium: 132mg | Potassium: 455mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 34IU | Vitamin C: 16mg | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 1mg