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.

Black pan filled with honey lemon chicken on a blue background. Bowl of pasta and dish of honey just in shot.

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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?

Ingredients for honey lemon chicken on a wooden table
  • 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.
6 image collage showing how to make honey lemon chicken.
  • 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.

Sliced honey lemon chicken breast on a plate of linguine with green beans.

🍽️ What to serve it with


Sauce being spooned over chicken in a pan of honey lemon chicken.

📺 Watch how to make it

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Honey Lemon Chicken

Succulent chicken in a fresh and zesty sauce with a hint of sweetness.This honey lemon chicken is ready in 20 minutes.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American

Ingredients

  • 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 (1/2 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

To Serve:

Instructions 

  • 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.
    2 large chicken breasts, 3 tbsp plain (all-purpose) flour, ½ tsp salt, ½ tsp black pepper, ½ tsp paprika
  • Heat the oil and butter in a large frying pan over a medium-high heat, until the butter melts.
    1 tbsp olive oil, 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 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.
    2 cloves garlic, 120 ml (1/2 cup) chicken stock, 4 tbsp fresh lemon juice, 3 tbsp honey, 1 lemon
  • 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.
    1 tbsp freshly chopped parsley, cooked rice

Video

YouTube video

Notes

Can I make it ahead?
This dish taste best cooked and served immediately, but you can make it ahead too if you prefer.
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 (1/4 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.
Nutritional information is per serving NOT including the serving suggestion of rice or pasta.

Nutrition

Calories: 225kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 47mg | Sodium: 641mg | Potassium: 278mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 427IU | Vitamin C: 23mg | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. Can chicken broth be used instead of chicken stock or is that a no-no? If not, what substitutes can be used instead of chicken stock?

  2. 5 stars
    This recipe is so quick and easy, it’s a perfect weeknight meal to make after work. My boyfriend and I both loved it!

  3. 5 stars
    Delicious!!! My kids loved it. For me, took more time to cook than normal. My chicken wasn’t completely thawed, so I had to spend sometime defrosting it. I also doubled the ingredients to have leftovers the following day, still tasty!