Lemon Thyme Chicken Recipe
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Lemon Thyme Chicken Recipe

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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.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 25 min.
MAKES: 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

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.


  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.
Originally published as Lemon Thyme Chicken in Light & Tasty April/May 2006, p19

Full-Bodied White Wine

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

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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."

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