Baked Lemon Chicken

5 from 8 votes

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Baked Lemon Chicken is a fresh and flavorful recipe. You will love the sweet, tangy lemon sauce over the perfectly tender chicken!

Three Baked Lemon Chicken Breasts on a dish.
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  1. Ingredients in Baked Lemon Chicken
  2. Recipe Tips and Recommendations
  3. Sides to Serve with Baked Lemon Chicken
  4. Frequently Asked Questions
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  6. How to Make Baked Lemon Chicken
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We are deep in the heart of citrus season and I am loving it! Neighbors have been dropping off boxes of oranges, lemons, grapefruits, and limes. I put the lemons to work to create this tender and moist chicken.

Are there any “Everybody Loves Raymond” fans out there? There is an ongoing joke throughout the series about Raymond’s wife, Deborah, and her lemon chicken recipe. They never show what it looks like on the show, but I always thought the combination of chicken and lemon sounded delicious. This baked lemon chicken recipe proves me right!

Ingredients in Baked Lemon Chicken

  • Boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • Butter
  • Chicken broth
  • Lemon
  • Honey
  • Garlic
  • Italian seasoning – includes thyme, basil, oregano, and rosemary
  • Salt and pepper
Ingredients to make Baked Lemon Chicken including chicken breasts, lemon, chicken broth, honey, butter, salt, pepper, Italian seasoning and garlic.

Recipe Tips and Recommendations

This baked lemon chicken recipe has a few more steps than a traditional baked chicken, but I promise the results are worth it!

  • When baking any chicken breast recipe, I like to make sure the chicken breasts are relatively uniform in size and thickness. To accomplish this, I layer the chicken breasts between two sheets of plastic wrap. Using a rolling pin, I then pound the breasts until all pieces of chicken are equally thick.
  • Resist the urge not to zest. The lemon zest adds so much flavor to this chicken. If you are worried about the texture of the zest on the chicken, rest assured it cooks down and is not at all noticeable. This is one of those steps that is well worth the extra few minutes.
  • The lemon slice on top of each chicken breast is purely for aesthetics. I think it makes the dish look pretty when serving, but it’s not necessary.
  • Extra virgin olive oil can be used in place of butter in this recipe. This article on has helped me overcome the fear of searing meat with a good quality olive oil, which has a high smoke point. The olive oil will taste great with this recipe, and most people find this is a healthier option than butter.
  • For a boost of flavor, use fresh herbs of your choice in place of the Italian seasoning.
Baking dish with four baked lemon chicken breasts with seasoning on top and baked lemon slices on top.

Sides to Serve with Baked Lemon Chicken

I am seriously obsessed with lemon, so I would choose to serve this chicken with our Fresh and Easy Lemon Spaghetti. However, something as simple as rice and a salad complements this chicken. If you want a little more variety, a potato dish, like Parmesan Baked Potato Halves, or Creamed Peas and Potatoes also works great. If you want to add some veggies to your plate you could serve this up with Oven Roasted Vegetables or Roasted Potatoes and Brussel Sprouts with Bacon.

Plate with Baked Lemon Chicken breast with sliced lemon, fresh salad greens and a piece of French bread.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long should you bake your chicken at 400?

Bake the chicken for 25-30 minutes at 400 degrees. You want the internal temperature of the chicken to be at least 165 degrees. Use a meat thermometer to ensure the chicken is thoroughly cooked, but not overcooked.

When preparing the chicken, should I put lemon juice on first or afterwards?

Before! Create a sauce including chicken broth, lemon juice, lemon zest, honey, garlic, Italian seasoning, and salt and pepper, and pour over the chicken. While the chicken bakes, continue to spoon the sauce over the chicken every 10 minutes.

Is it better to bake lemon chicken uncovered or covered?

Bake the chicken uncovered so that the excess moisture can evaporate. This also helps maintain the golden brown color from searing the sides of the chicken.

Read more: 35+ Best Chicken Breast Recipes

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How to Make Baked Lemon Chicken

Plate with three Baked Lemon Chicken.

Baked Lemon Chicken

5 from 8 votes
Baked Lemon Chicken is flavorful and fresh. You will love the sweet and tangy lemon sauce over the perfectly tender chicken!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Servings 4


  • 1 9×13 baking dish



  • Zest 2 of the lemons to get approximately 2 tablespoons of lemon zest.  Then juice the same 2 lemons to get approximately ¼ cup of lemon juice. 
    Cutting board with zested lemons and glass cup with fresh lemon juice. Squeezed lemons on the side.
  • Cut ends off of the 3rd lemon, then slice to get 4 full lemon slices to garnish the chicken breasts, as pictured.
    Cutting board with sliced lemons with a knife.
  • Mix chicken broth, lemon juice, lemon zest, honey, garlic, Italian seasoning, and salt and pepper in a small bowl.
    Bowl with marinade dressing and whisk on the side.
  • In a large skillet, melt butter over medium-high heat. Add chicken to the skillet and brown each side (about 2-3 minutes per side).
    Skillet with four browned chicken breasts.
  • Place chicken in a buttered 9×13 casserole dish. Pour lemon sauce evenly over chicken. Place a lemon slice on top of each chicken breast.
    Baking dish with four chicken breasts and fresh sliced lemons on top.
  • Bake at 400℉ for 25-30 minutes. Every 10 minutes, remove the chicken from the oven and spoon sauce over chicken. Internal temperature of the chicken should reach 165 degrees.
    Baking dish with four baked lemon chicken breasts with seasoning on top and baked lemon slices on top.


  • Olive oil can be used in place of the butter in this recipe.
  • Serve this baked lemon chicken with mashed or roasted potatoes and green salad for a delicious and complete dinner.
  • If you have leftovers, mix sliced lemon chicken with pasta and your favorite vegetable like broccoli or asparagus. 

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1gCalories: 249kcalCarbohydrates: 13gProtein: 25gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 95mgSodium: 861mgPotassium: 546mgFiber: 3gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 314IUVitamin C: 46mgCalcium: 40mgIron: 1mg

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Kelsey Crist

Kelsey lives in Washington with her husband, Alex, and two cats, Diana and Nova. Her happy place is in the kitchen listening to an audiobook and trying new recipes. When she's not in the kitchen you can find her hiking, shopping at Trader Joe's, or playing Animal Crossing. Her favorite food is pasta and Alex loves when she makes Homemade Oreos.

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