Tender Lemon Chicken Recipe
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Tender Lemon Chicken Recipe

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You'll love the zesty flavor of this moist delicious chicken dish shared by Lee Bremson of Kansas City, Missouri. Using the pressure cooker cuts the cooking time in half of bone-in chicken breasts compared to those baked in the oven.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 to 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 bone-in chicken breast halves, skin removed
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 3/4 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery with leaves
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, optional
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 4-1/2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 3 tablespoons cold water

Nutritional Facts

1 tablespoon: 233 calories, 9g fat (0 saturated fat), 67mg cholesterol, 125mg sodium, 10g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 2g fiber), 28g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3-1/2 lean meat, 1 vegetable, 1/2 fat.


  1. In a pressure cooker, saute onion and garlic in oil until tender; remove with a slotted spoon and set aside.
  2. Brown the chicken, a few pieces at time, in the cooker. Return onion mixture and all chicken to pan. Add broth, water, lemon juice, parsley, celery, Italian seasoning, salt if desired and pepper. Close cover securely; place pressure regulator on vent pipe.
  3. Bring cooker to full pressure over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-high and cook for 8 minutes. (Pressure regulator should maintain a slow steady rocking motion; adjust heat if needed.) Immediately cool according to manufacturer's directions until pressure is completely reduced. Remove chicken and keep warm.
  4. Measure pan juice; return 1-1/2 cups to pan. Combine cornstarch and cold water until smooth; stir into pan juices. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Serve over chicken. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Tender Lemon Chicken in Quick Cooking July/August 2000, p61

Light-Bodied White Wine

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

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BeachedIn User ID: 7761236 248058
Reviewed May. 10, 2016

"This was ok, not a favorite and didn't wow anyone. Good to try but not a keeper."

annrms User ID: 2649709 78549
Reviewed Jan. 9, 2014 Edited Dec. 29, 2015

"I used leeks instead of onion just to use them up. The liquid didn't quite reach the minimum fill line so I added 1/4 cup dry vermouth. This is a keeper. Had it with mashed potatoes, but pasta or rice as a side would be excellent, too."

Canval User ID: 7076004 78548
Reviewed Jan. 7, 2013

"I did some modifications to this recipe and it turned out great. I used the white part of two leeks instead of onions. Instead of thickening with cornstarch, I used an immersion blender to made a delicious, thick sauce from the pan juices and veggies. Finally, I finished off the sauce with a bit of butter and cream."

earlymerlie User ID: 831841 86480
Reviewed May. 28, 2009

"Can this be cooked on a regular skillet instead of  a pressure cooker if you do not have one??"

earlymerlie User ID: 831841 70568
Reviewed May. 28, 2009

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earlymerlie User ID: 831841 203681
Reviewed May. 27, 2009

"What if you don't have a pressure be done in regular pan/skillet???"

mspdlc User ID: 2248307 40125
Reviewed May. 22, 2009

"This sounds delicious. Can't wait to try it."

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