Succulent chicken in a fresh and zesty sauce with a hint of sweetness.
This honey lemon chicken is ready in 20 minutes. A brilliant weeknight meal to serve with rice or pasta.
This is a slightly different take on my honey garlic chicken recipe - given a Spring feel with lots of lovely fresh lemon juice.
Don't worry, it's not tart or sour though - the honey and garlic balances it out perfectly, giving a lip-smacking moreish taste.
It's one of those super-quick meals to prepare, and means you can make 2 chicken breasts switch between 4 people.
I love how the sauce sinks into the rice or pasta (I still can't decide which is my favourite to serve it with).
📋 What do we need?
- Chicken breast - use 2 large chicken breasts, so you have enough meat for 4 people. Some supermarkets sell 'quick cook' chicken breast steaks - which are basically chicken breast that have already been sliced in half - these work great too. Alternatively you can replace the chicken breast with well-trimmed boneless chicken thighs.
- Lemons - use fresh lemon juice rather than the stuff in a bottle. For this recipe the fresh flavour is important.
🔪 How to make Honey Lemon Chicken
Full recipe with detailed steps in the recipe card at the end of this post.
- Coat the sliced chicken breast pieces in seasoned flour and fry in oil and butter until golden.
- Add garlic, chicken stock, lemon juice, honey and lemon slices and stir together, then bring the sauce to the boil and let it simmer for 5 minutes until slightly reduced. The sauce will thicken slightly as it starts to cool.
- Serve with a sprinkling of parsley over pasta, or over rice.
👩🍳PRO TIP I also like this dish served with orzo or couscous and a green salad for an even lighter meal.
📺 Watch how to make it
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Honey Lemon Chicken
- 2 large chicken breasts - (around 200g/7oz each), sliced in half to make 4 thin chicken breasts
- 3 tbsp plain/all purpose flour
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ tsp black pepper
- ½ tsp paprika
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tbsp unsalted butter
- 2 cloves garlic - minced
- 120 ml (½ cup) chicken stock
- 4 tbsp fresh lemon juice - (juice from approx. 1.5 lemons)
- 3 tbsp honey
- 1 lemon sliced into half-moon slices
- 1 tbsp freshly chopped parsley
- Cooked rice, - spaghetti/linguine or orzo
- Place the chicken breasts on a tray or board. Mix together the flour, salt, pepper and paprika. Coat both sides of the chicken with the flour mixture.
- Heat the oil and butter in a large frying pan over a medium-high heat, until the butter melts.
- Add the chicken to the pan and cook for 7-8 minutes, turning once, until both sides are golden brown.
- Add the garlic, stir for 30 seconds (don’t let the garlic burn), then add the chicken stock, lemon juice, honey and lemon slices.
- Bring to the boil and simmer for 5 minutes, until the sauce is slightly reduced.
- Sprinkle with fresh parsley and serve with rice or pasta.
Make the whole dish, then cool, cover and refrigerate for up to a day.
Reheat in a pan over a medium heat for 10-12 minutes. Place a lid on the pan to keep the heat in during reheating. It's a good idea to add a good splash (¼ cup or so) of hot chicken stock to help loosen up the sauce again. The chicken also tastes great cold for lunch the next day as part of a salad or wrap. Ingredient swaps
- Swap out the chicken breast for well-trimmed boneless chicken thighs.
- Add some heat with a tablespoon of sweet chilli sauce or a teaspoon of sriracha to the sauce.
- Add some quick-cook vegetables to the pan - such as mange tout, baby corn or asparagus.
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