Pan-Fried Chicken Athena Recipe

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The flavors of everyday pantry items ring out in perfect harmony in these herbaceous pan-fried chicken breasts. —Bobby Taylor, LaPorte, Indiana
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:4 servings
Quick Diabetic Exchange Test Kitchen Approved
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (6 ounces each)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 4-1/2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 4-1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon minced chives
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley or 1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
  • Lemon wedges

Nutritional Facts

1 chicken breast with 1 tablespoon sauce equals 240 calories, 10 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 109 mg cholesterol, 348 mg sodium, 2 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 34 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 5 lean meat, 1 fat.


  1. Flatten chicken breasts to 1/2-in. thickness. In a large skillet, cook chicken in butter over medium heat for 5-6 minutes on each side or until a meat thermometer reads 170°; remove and keep warm.
  2. In the same skillet, add the lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, mustard and salt. Bring to a boil. Remove from the heat; stir in chives and parsley. Spoon over chicken and serve with lemon wedges. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Pan-Fried Chicken Athena in Simple & Delicious December/January 2012, p30

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.

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Reviewed Jul. 27, 2014

"Very good dish. I took the advice of other reviewers and doubled the sauce. Chicken turned out very tender and juicy,"

Reviewed May. 4, 2014

"This is delicious but you do need to double all of the ingredients for the sauce. My whole family including the kids love this recipe. It is a regular in our house."

Reviewed Jun. 15, 2013

"We made this the other night and it was delicious. Because it is only my husband and I, we only used two chicken breast halves but we kept the sauce recipe as us. We had enough sauce for the two of us but if we made it for more people we'd double the sauce. This recipe will be added into the dinner time rotation."

Reviewed Jan. 4, 2012

"To tangy for my liking and there didnt seem to be enough sauce, we only had enough for maybe a tsp per breast?"

Reviewed Dec. 7, 2011

"Kids devoured it. Great, quick and very flavorful way to make chicken breasts."

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