Easy, Creamy Lemon Garlic Skillet Chicken

Posted: September 13

Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

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These chicken breasts simmer in a pan of lemon garlic goodness, and taste like they were made at your favorite neighborhood Italian restaurant.


• 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 2 pounds total), pounded to 1/2-inch thickness • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more for seasoning • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more for seasoning • 1 tablespoon olive oil • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter • 1 small shallot, finely chopped • 4 cloves garlic, minced • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour • 1 cup half-and-half or whole milk • 1/2 cup low-sodium chicken broth • Juice of 1 medium lemon (about 3 tablespoons) • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves • 1 small lemon, thinly sliced • Sliced olives for garnish


Step 1

Thoroughly dry the chicken with paper towels. Generously season all over with salt and pepper.

Step 2

Heat the oil in a 10-inch or larger skillet over medium-high until shimmering. Working in batches if needed, add the chicken and sear until deeply browned on the bottom, 6 to 7 minutes. Flip with tongs and sear the other side until browned, 6 to 7 minutes. Transfer the chicken to a plate; set aside.

Step 3

Reduce the heat to medium and add the butter. When melted, add the shallot, garlic, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until just starting to soften, about 1 minute. Add the flour, stir to evenly coat the shallots and garlic, and cook for 1 minute more.

Step 4

Stir in the half-and-half or milk and broth until no lumps from the flour remain, making sure to scrape up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer. Return the chicken to the pan and simmer until the sauce is thickened enough that it coats the back of a spoon and the chicken is cooked through, 3 to 4 minutes. Stir the lemon juice into the sauce. Garnish with the parsley, olives and lemon slices and serve immediately.