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Lemon Thyme Chicken Recipe

Lemon Thyme Chicken Recipe

Buttered onions are a great addition to the lemon sauce of this easy supper. Best of all, it takes only a few minutes to brown the lightly breaded chicken on the stove top. -Kay Shimonek of Corsicana, Texas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 25 min. YIELD:4 servings


  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (4 ounces each)
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley


  • 1. In a small bowl, combine the flour, salt and pepper. Set aside 4-1/2 teaspoons for sauce. Sprinkle the remaining flour mixture over both sides of chicken.
  • 2. In a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray, cook chicken in oil over medium heat for 7-9 minutes on each side or until juices run clear. Remove and keep warm.
  • 3. In the same pan, saute onion in butter until tender. Add thyme and reserved flour mixture; stir until blended. Gradually stir in the broth and lemon juice, scraping up any browned bits from bottom of pan. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Serve over chicken. Sprinkle with parsley. Yield: 4 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 213 calories, 8g fat (3g saturated fat), 70mg cholesterol, 614mg sodium, 10g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 1g fiber), 25g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 1 fat, 1/2 starch.

Reviews for Lemon Thyme Chicken

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rmbarr059 User ID: 4046105 221336
Reviewed Feb. 25, 2015

"Really good. However, I think my chicken breasts were too big--they took forever to cook and I had to add broth just to keep pan from being completely dry. Sauce ended up being so brown my husband thought it was beef broth! Haha but we will try it again. Still had great flavor."

flowernerenergize User ID: 5797905 136231
Reviewed Sep. 30, 2013

"I used lemon thyme from my herb garden; maybe a teaspoon. Talk about packing a punch!! It was too sharp of a taste for my boyfriend with the lemon juice and lemon thyme and I used a strong chicken bouillon but I can't get enough of it."

lurky27 User ID: 1251896 148837
Reviewed Mar. 8, 2013

"This is sooooo good! Packed with flavor & easy to make. We'll be making this again!

~ Theresa"

zippygaj User ID: 7152703 104221
Reviewed Feb. 26, 2013

"I have made it a ton of times already!!! It is one of my favorites!!!"

Debann507 User ID: 7062299 67602
Reviewed Jan. 13, 2013

"Good recipe. I added sauteed mushrooms to the dish. The tang of the lemon was prefect on rice."

Micheal Michele User ID: 6939270 65131
Reviewed Oct. 26, 2012

"loved it."

SailorKing User ID: 6888515 159500
Reviewed Sep. 27, 2012

"use real broc and onions next time.. then out chicken or steam cook."

SailorKing User ID: 6888515 73588
Reviewed Sep. 27, 2012

"use real broc and onions next time.. then out chicken or steam cook."

ecatch31 User ID: 6278103 148836
Reviewed Feb. 2, 2012

"Delicious with fresh thyme and lemon juice!"

shirlmygirl User ID: 6478229 154948
Reviewed Jan. 24, 2012

"If you don't like the flavor of thyme, you will not like this. My husband and I did not care for this at all."

Needtips User ID: 6431542 159499
Reviewed Jan. 3, 2012

"it got my 11 year olds approval - nuff said :)"

PrincessM7 User ID: 6044679 83730
Reviewed Jan. 3, 2012

"Good, healthy and easy. Great weeknight dinner. Tastes great served over rice. Will make again."

prente User ID: 6067716 67501
Reviewed Aug. 9, 2011

"healthy and yummy :) perfect for dinner. We ate it with toasted garlic bread :) still gooooood :)"

jmckee50 User ID: 5104026 83713
Reviewed Jul. 7, 2011

"This is one of my family's favorite dishes! We love the lemon sauce and put it over rice! Add green beans or broccoli as a side and it's a wonderful well balanced meal!"

kat83 User ID: 2934264 155699
Reviewed Apr. 4, 2011

"Next time I will use less thyme. It was overpowering to me, but everyone else said it seemed fine. Just a ok dish, not fantastic"

gcovalt User ID: 5725161 61125
Reviewed Dec. 31, 2010

"Very easy and tasty recipe"

momamary8 User ID: 2980074 83712
Reviewed Dec. 26, 2010

"Very easy to make, and tastes delicious! The onion was a great additon to the lemon/chicken broth sauce."

Daniell User ID: 4710710 159497
Reviewed Nov. 2, 2010

"I've made this a few times. My husband and I enjoy it, but the kids just won't eat it because of all the onion and lemon. You can add too much lemon to the dish as well."

shif77 User ID: 4836630 207395
Reviewed Oct. 11, 2010

"Wonderful recipe, so simple. I flatten chicken to save some cooking time, great flavoer! I made the side dish of Rice with Summer Squash with it and it was a perfect combo!!"

darqmiko User ID: 2347963 159496
Reviewed Aug. 14, 2010

"I'm making this again!"

daisyshae99 User ID: 1005356 104220
Reviewed Apr. 17, 2010

"Very tasty dish! I pounded my chicken flat before flouring and cooking it. This made it very tender and cooked much faster. I'm excited to have another way to make chicken!"

1Bockey User ID: 3817489 148834
Reviewed Dec. 17, 2009

"I have made this many times and my family loves it. It is delicious and also freezes well. I usually double the recipe and put one in the freezer."

natv User ID: 3138625 155698
Reviewed Jul. 10, 2009

"This is a great dish! So easy to make and so good!

And Sharon I just used the olive oil in the skillet. No need for cooking spray."

maryilich User ID: 2974842 207394
Reviewed Jun. 4, 2009

"This was SUCH a flavorful recipe! It was very easy and quick to make. I served it on a bed of brown basmati brown rice. The sauce was a perfect blend for both the chicken and rice.

Mary Ilich
Temecula, CA"

SharonColyer User ID: 2980895 83711
Reviewed Apr. 16, 2009

"The Lemon Thyme chicken recipe says to spray skillet with cooking spray, but right after that says to cook chicken in oil. Looks like it would be one or the other. Do you need to do both?"

briandean User ID: 2914082 148831
Reviewed Mar. 30, 2009

"So So So So good! I can't wait to make this again! It was super easy to prepare and my son gobbled it up too!"

jexa2jade User ID: 3351449 155697
Reviewed Nov. 7, 2008

"Just made this recipe and it came out wonderful! My boyfriend gave it a 9 out of 10!"

Anitaaz User ID: 2815102 75283
Reviewed May. 28, 2008

"This is a wonderful recipe. I made it but instead of chicken I made it with fish - tilapia. Excellent - oh, and I also just sliced my onions - just because I didn't read the recipe carefully enough but that turned out great too."

jetluvs2cook User ID: 1675049 104097
Reviewed Feb. 20, 2008

"can't veiw this one...."

dkovacic User ID: 2006703 133944
Reviewed Feb. 20, 2008

"Very easy to make"

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Wine Pairings

Full-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.