This Lemon Pepper Chicken post is sponsored by Mirum, but opinions are my own.
THIS LEMON PEPPER CHICKEN with asparagus is on your table in JUST 20 MINUTES!
This Lemon Pepper Chicken Recipe is outrageously delicious with juicy, seared chicken breasts, crisp-tender asparagus and better-for-you buttery lemon garlic herb sauce. It is not only full of flavor but made with pantry staples that all cook in one skillet for easy prep and cleanup, perfect for all those busy weeknights. You may only cook the Lemon Pepper Chicken or cook the lemon chicken and asparagus or swap out the asparagus for whatever veggies you love or have on hand. Serve this skillet chicken with rice, pasta or mashed potatoes or low carb zoodles, cauliflower rice etc. No matter how you serve this easy Lemon Pepper Chicken, everyone will be singing your praises, and licking their plates.
Lemon Pepper Chicken Recipe
This Lemon Pepper Chicken Recipe is all about minimum ingredients and maximum flavor AKA your new “what should I make for dinner?” ace. With only 20 minutes to chow time, this is the easy one-pot dinner recipe of your dreams. Not only do you get both a protein and a veggie (no double work!), but you only have to clean ONE pan. Life just got easier and more delicious with Lemon Pepper Chicken.
In this Lemon Pepper Chicken recipe, the chicken gets smothered in zesty, peppery seasonings, is seared to golden perfection then simmered with minced garlic, buttery Brummel and Brown® Original Spread, herbs and lemon juice.
Asparagus is added the last few minutes of cooking to soak up all the buttery bright, citrus glory. You seriously will be AMAZED at how flavorful the asparagus are! You will be making this buttery lemon sauce just for your asparagus and all your veggies thanks to Brummel and Brown® Original Spread – proper introduction below.
What makes this the Best Lemon Pepper Chicken?
This Lemon Pepper Chicken is so fresh, so easy, and so full of buttery lemon garlic herb goodness! While this recipe might appear to be about the zesty lemon pepper chicken, it wouldn’t be the same without the buttery lemon sauce. And the buttery lemon sauce wouldn’t be the same without Brummel and Brown Original Spread.
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So, now that you know how to make better-for-you buttery garlic sauce, are you ready to learn more about better-than-you-can-imagine Lemon Pepper Chicken?
What is lemon pepper seasoning made of?
The “lemon pepper” in Lemon Pepper Chicken comes from lemon pepper seasoning. Lemon pepper is a delightful flavor bomb of bright and tangy lemon with feisty pepper. It is made by mashing granulated lemon zest with cracked black peppercorns to infuse the pepper with the citrus oil.
I love lemon pepper because it delivers dynamic lemon flavor that is hard to achieve any other way other than marinating and the pepper pumps of the flavor. Anything you smother in lemon pepper seasoning is guaranteed to have flavor. Its fabulous sauteed with Brummel and Brown Original Spread on chicken, salmon, veggies, rice and more!
lemon pepper chicken breasts
I chose chicken breasts for this Lemon Pepper Chicken recipe because they are more popular, and emerge wonderfully juicy with my cooking technique.
I used 4 chicken breasts fillets to equal one pound. You can either purchase 4 small chicken breasts and pound them thin, 4 chicken fillets or two large chicken breasts and slice them through the equator to create fillets.
If using small chicken breasts, you need to pound them to a uniform size before cooking. Pounding the chicken tenderizes the chicken by breaking down the stringy fibers and the uniform thickness ensures they will cook evenly.
To pound the chicken, lay the breasts on a cutting board or flat surface. Cover the chicken with plastic wrap then gently pound to an even thickness with a meat mallet. If you don’t have a meat mallet, you can use the side of a can.
Can I use Chicken Thighs?
Absolutely! Chicken thighs are inherently juicier and would make delicious Lemon Pepper Chicken.
How to Trim Asparagus
The asparagus is one of my favorite parts of this Lemon Pepper Chicken recipe! Before we cook the asparagus, we need to eliminate the chewy, woody stems. To easily do this, hold one piece of asparagus and bend it until it snaps in two. The asparagus will naturally snap where the tough end begins.
Instead of breaking the ends off of every individual piece of asparagus, I save time by snapping one asparagus, then line the rest up with it and chop off all the ends at this same point.
How to Make Lemon Pepper Chicken
To make Lemon Pepper Chicken, we first combine lemon pepper seasonings, garlic powder, onion powder and paprika in a large bowl. Use a bowl that is large enough to hold your chicken so that way you don’t have to dirty more than one dish. Whisk the seasonings with some olive oil and lemon juice.
Add the chicken to the seasonings and turn to coat. You can use a spatula to generally coat the chicken but then I like to use my hands to massage the spices into the chicken to ensure every piece is evenly coated.
If you have time, let the chicken sit for 15-30 minutes at room temperature. This short time will help to tenderize the chicken and bring it to room temperature so it cooks more evenly. If you are running short on time, just let the chicken sit while you prep the garlic and asparagus.
Alternatively, you can cover the chicken and refrigerate for up to 8 hours for even more flavorful chicken.
How to cook lemon pepper chicken
Cooking chicken in the skillet is one of my favorite ways because it is so quick and convenient. In addition, adding Brummel and Brown Original Spread to the skillet infuses our chicken with buttery goodness through and through.
To cook our Lemon Pepper Chicken, we are going to sear it in Brummel and Brown® Original Spread and olive oil. The Brummel and Brown Original Spread delivers buttery flavor, the oil prevents the spread from burning and searing locks in moisture which means juicier chicken.
Next, we’re going to flip the chicken over, sauté garlic with more Brummel and Brown Original Spread then stir in lemon juice, oregano, parsley and thyme for tantalizing buttery, lemon herbalicious sauce.
Now, my key to juicy chicken breasts – cover the chicken and reduce heat to medium-low. The bottom will still sear from residual heat but reducing the temperature and covering ensures the chicken doesn’t dry out on the outside before the inside is cooked. Another key to juicy, soft chicken breasts – DON’T overcook! I recommend an instant read thermometer so you know exactly when your chicken is done.
You can stop here if you like and devour your Lemon Pepper Chicken bathed in buttery lemon garlic sauce or you can proceed to cook the asparagus – I vote asparagus.
How do I cook asparagus?
Asparagus can be cooked in the oven, grilled or sautéed. For this Lemon Pepper Chicken recipe, the asparagus cooks in the same skillet as the chicken so they can drink up all of the buttery sauce.
Once you remove the chicken from the skillet, sauté the asparagus just until crisp tender about 3-4 minutes – they take less time than you think, so make sure you don’t overcook them. If you have thin asparagus, they will require even less time, extra thick asparagus will require more time. I like to check for doneness by stealing a piece of asparagus at 3 minutes – and then try not to steal more.
How to Store lemon Pepper Chicken
Lemon Pepper Chicken and Asparagus should be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator. When properly stored, it should last up to five days.
Lemon Pepper Chicken Meal Prep
Lemon Pepper Chicken makes fabulous meal prep! To meal prep, slice chicken after its been resting for at least five minutes, this will allow the juices to be reabsorbed throughout the chicken. Equally divide chicken, asparagus and any renaming sauce between 4 airtight containers along with rice, pasta, etc.
Can you Freeze Lemon Pepper Chicken?
Yes, you can freeze Lemon Pepper Chicken and Asparagus but the asparagus has the tendency to get mushy if initially fully cooked. If you know you’re going to freeze, then only cook your asparagus for one minute instead of cooking completely.
To freeze, cool chicken and asparagus before adding to an airtight container or separate containers for individual servings. If adding to a bag, squeeze out any excess air to prevent freezer burn. Freeze for up to 3 months. Defrost in the refrigerator overnight before reheating in the microwave or skillet.
What Goes with Lemon Pepper Chicken?
This Lemon Pepper Chicken is practically a meal-in-itself with the juicy chicken, and outrageously flavorful asparagus. I like to serve it with smashed potatoes,mashed potatoes, rice or quinoa. For a low-carb version, you can serve it with spaghetti squash, cauliflower rice or broccoli rice.
I also like to serve Lemon Pepper Chicken with fruit salad, and some crusty bread, dinner rolls or breadsticks to mop up every last drop of the tantalizing buttery lemon sauce. Better-for-you buttery sauce. Thank you
Brummel and Brown Original Spread, thank you.
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