Lemon Pepper Chicken

5 from 7 votes

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Lemon Pepper Chicken is a frequent favorite dish in our family; tangy, tender, so tasty! Made with just four ingredients, this chicken is perfect in salads, pastas, and sandwiches too!

Grilled Lemon Pepper Chicken on a tray with vegetables

Lemon Pepper Chicken

This simple Lemon Pepper Chicken recipe was in regular rotation around our house growing up. Because it’s made with four simple ingredients we always had on hand, our mother would make a huge batch and we would eat on it all week long. It pairs perfectly with rice pilaf, baked potatoes or pasta for dinner, but tastes delicious sliced over a salad for lunch the next day. If you have a little lemon juice and pepper, you can make this easy chicken recipe any night of the week. This recipe comes in handy when you just can’t think of anything to make for supper!

Suggestions for Lemon Pepper Chicken

  • You can bake or grill this chicken, whatever you prefer. I usually marinate the chicken in the afternoon for at least thirty minutes, preferably longer, then have my husband throw it on the grill just before dinner.
  • We love using boneless, skinless chicken breasts for this dish, but you could easily substitute chicken thighs, drumsticks or wings too.
  • No need for fancy seasonings for this recipe! Just a little lemon juice (I love using fresh lemon but you could use lemon juice from the bottle too) and some freshly ground pepper. Fresh ingredients will enhance the flavors and really bring this dinner to life!
  • Parmesan cheese helps give the chicken a nice, golden crust on the outside, but if you don’t have any on hand, don’t worry! It tastes delicious without.
  • Store leftovers in the fridge for up to three days. You could also double the batch and freeze cooked chicken breasts for up to two months! They’re perfect to grab and thaw for dinner or lunch. Thaw them out in the fridge, then microwave or toss in the oven until heated through.
  • Serve this chicken with our delicious Oven Roasted Green Beans our Super Easy Yellow Rice or a simple Baked Potato. Turn our Nuts About Berries Salad into a hearty lunch by slicing leftover Lemon Pepper Chicken on top or add it to our One Pot Creamy Garlic Noodles! You will love how versatile this chicken is!
A platter with a cut piece of grilled lemon pepper chicken in the middle

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A tray of grilled chicken garnished with lettuce, red potatoes, and carrots

Lemon Pepper Chicken

5 from 7 votes
Lemon Pepper Chicken is a frequent favorite dish in our family; tangy, tender, so tasty! Made with just four ingredients, this chicken is perfect in salads, pastas, and sandwiches too!

Prep Time 2 hrs
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 2 hrs 10 mins
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4


  • Outdoor Barbecue Grill



  • Marinate chicken in oil, lemon juice, and pepper.
  • Remove chicken and discard marinade.
  • Sprinkle with parmesan cheese and grill for approximately 7-8 minutes on each side.
  • You can also bake in the oven for 45 minutes at 350 degrees.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 532kcalCarbohydrates: 3gProtein: 48gFat: 36gSaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 145mgSodium: 264mgPotassium: 901mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 90IUVitamin C: 8.4mgCalcium: 28mgIron: 1.4mg

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Emily Walker

Emily lives in Meridian, Idaho, with her husband, Beau, a physician assistant, and her three incredible children: a son and two daughters. Travel is one of her favorite ways to experience new cultures and cuisines, and she has a love for all things Disney.

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    1. As long as the internal temperature of the chicken and the marinade reaches 165 degrees, it should be fine. Thank you for asking!

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  2. 5 stars
    Oooh – I love this simple recipe! Always on the lookout for flavorful and easy ways to prepare chicken breasts:-)