If you have a neighbor who has a lemon tree, I highly recommend you make friends with them and then make plates and plates of lemon chicken for them. Trust me, It’ll pay off, let me show you how.

Quick and easy lemon chicken served with a side of roasted potatoes

Your fridge will end up looking just like mine, full of giant organic lemons and then you can use them in all sorts of good stuff. If you crave savory, Lemon Shrimp Risotto or if you’re on the flip side and have an uncontrollable urge for sweet, Lemon and White Chocolate Coffee Cake for the best tasting, most moist coffee cake you might ever taste on earth. A bold statement but I promise you it’s true.

Lemons are multi-tasking ingredient superheroes. Did you know you can even set the zest on fire?

A story for another day.

Quick and easy lemon chicken served with a side of roasted potatoes

Lemon chicken has been around foreveerrrrr but I always remember it as a gloopy translucent lemon sauce. Almost like a savory lemon curd. That’s so not what lemons are for everyone.

This version of lemon chicken is cooked in a pan of lemon juice and simmered until the juice reduces down and the chicken sucks up all of that lemony flavor.

Add rosemary, my favorite go-to herb, into this dish and you end up with an easy meal that cooks fast and has my kids licking their little fingers. In my world this is called a weeknight dinner jackpot. Serve the lemon chicken with some easy roasted potatoes, brown rice or quinoa and your kinda done. Don’t overthink this one.

On a scale of one to ten on my chicken-ometer, this gets a solid eight!

Quick and easy lemon chicken served with a side of roasted potatoes

As always, if you make anything from the blog, tag it with the hashtag #foodnessgracious and send it into the land of social media. I’ll find it and marvel at how awesome you all are!

Quick and easy lemon chicken served with a side of roasted potatoes

Easy Lemon Chicken Tenders

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 2 people
Calories: 210kcal
Author: foodnessgracious
An easy and tasty lemon chicken recipe with garlic and rosemary. Not like the usual sauce drenched versions but way better!
Print Recipe


  • 2 large skinless boneless chicken breasts
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil divided
  • 1 shallot roughly chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • Juice of two lemons
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chopped rosemary
  • Salt and black pepper


  • Slice the chicken breasts into strips and toss with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil and salt and pepper in a bowl.
  • In a large pan heat the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil.
  • Add the shallot and cook for about 3 minutes over a medium heat.
  • Add the garlic, paprika and brown sugar. Stir well.
  • Place the chicken strips into the pan and cook until the chicken is brown about one minute.
  • Add the lemon juice and rosemary and cook for a further 4-5 minutes until the chicken is fully cooked and the lemon juice has begun to cook down.
  • Serve at once with roasted potatoes or simple brown rice.


Calories: 210kcal