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Cast Iron Skillet Creamy Lemon Chicken Recipe

Cast Iron Skillet Creamy Lemon Chicken is the perfect weeknight meal! A simple cream sauce, garlic, fresh rosemary and other herbs for a delicious flavour. 

Cast Iron Skillet Creamy Lemon Chicken is the perfect weeknight meal! A simple cream sauce, garlic, fresh rosemary and other herbs for a delicious flavour. 

Disclosure: I am participating in the Chicken Farmers of Canada campaign managed by SJ Consulting. I received compensation in exchange for my participation in this campaign. The opinions on this blog are my own.

How to make skillet creamy lemon chicken

This recipe is quite easy to make and so delicious! There are also so many variations you could do to it to change it up and to suit the tastebud needs of others. You first lightly coat the chicken in kosher salt and cracked pepper and sear and cook it in the skillet until it's browned on both sides. Then you remove the chicken and cook the sauce, put the chicken back in once the sauce starts to thicken and voila you've got a tasty main dish.

Cast Iron Skillet Creamy Lemon Chicken is the perfect weeknight meal! A simple cream sauce, garlic, fresh rosemary and other herbs for a delicious flavour. 

Serving Recommendations

We had this skillet creamy lemon chicken over pasta and it was one filling meal let me tell you. It would also be fabulous over rice and have a baguette all sliced up to soak those pieces in any sauce left on the plate or bowl. It also pairs nicely with a salad like a Greek salad in my opinion or serve with asparagus and a little of the sauce over the asparagus and oh my goodness so yummy!

Cast Iron Skillet Creamy Lemon Chicken is the perfect weeknight meal! A simple cream sauce, garlic, fresh rosemary and other herbs for a delicious flavour. 

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Cast Iron Skillet Creamy Lemon Chicken is the perfect weeknight meal! A simple cream sauce, garlic, fresh rosemary and other herbs for a delicious flavour. 

Confession time, I browned my garlic a little too dark so it did give the sauce a slightly darker colour but the taste is still amazing. I decided not to redo the sauce because for myself the flavour is more important and I figured I'd share what it looks like when that happens.

skillet creamy lemon chicken

What shocked me was that my daughter, the picky eater who usually doesn't like oh about 99% of sauces actually loved this recipe. She had the chicken and the sauce over pasta and gave it her two thumbs up. This is a huge deal in my house lol.

 

We always cook with chicken raised by a Canadian farmer because we know that it is grain-fed, free of hormones and steroids and they have high animal care standards. To help me cook our chicken to correct food-safe temperature I use this handy cooking temperature chart.

Cast Iron Skillet Creamy Lemon Chicken is the perfect weeknight meal! A simple cream sauce, garlic, fresh rosemary and other herbs for a delicious flavour. 

When I go grocery shopping I always look for the Raised by a Canadian Chicken Farmer label (see below)which luckily for us our local stores always care. If your grocery store doesn't carry it ask the manager to bring it in!

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In addition to using quality chicken I also like to use fresh herbs whenever possible which is easy for me with some as I grow my own rosemary, oregano and a few other herbs. I've actually planted garlic for the first time which is coming up so far. I can't wait to see if I actually get a harvest of some garlic, it's exciting seeing the green stalks sprouting tall out of the ground!

Okay let's get to this yummy skillet creamy lemon chicken shall we?

Yield: 4-6

Cast Iron Skillet Creamy Lemon Chicken

Cast Iron Skillet Creamy Lemon Chicken is the perfect weeknight meal! A simple cream sauce, garlic, fresh rosemary and other herbs for a delicious flavour. 

Cast Iron Skillet Creamy Lemon Chicken is the perfect weeknight meal! A simple cream sauce, garlic, fresh rosemary and other herbs for a delicious flavour. 

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts about ½-inch thickness
  • Kosher salt to your preference/taste
  • freshly ground black pepper to your preference/taste
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons butter (unsalted but can use salted if needed)
  • 1 small shallot, finely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoon fresh rosemary chopped* or to taste some find rosemary too strong
  • 1-2 tablespoons Italian seasoning ** again to your taste we like at least 2 tablespoon but some people prefer less
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup (250ml) half-and-half or whole milk
  • ½ cup (125ml) low-sodium chicken broth
  • Juice of 1 medium lemon
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley for garnish
  • 1 lemon, thinly sliced
  • Cherry tomatoes (optional)

Instructions

    Thoroughly dry the chicken breasts and generously season them with
    salt and pepper.

    Heat the olive oil in a large skillet (10 inches or bigger) over medium-high heat. Add chicken breasts and sear on each side until a darker golden brown on both sides. Generally it’s about 6-7 minutes on each side. Transfer the chicken to a plate and set aside.

    Reduce the heat to medium and add the butter. Once the butter is melted, add the chopped shallot, garlic, add salt and pepper to taste and sauté stirring occasionally, until the garlic and chopped shallots are soft.

    Add the flour, and evenly coat the shallots and garlic. Cook for about one minute. *If the garlic is browned it will affect the colour of the sauce but that’s okay it’s all about the taste!

    Stir in the half-and-half or milk and chicken broth and stir and mix so that there are no lumps from the flour. Scrape any browned bits from the bottom of the pan.

    Add the rosemary and Italian season and stir to thoroughly mix.

    Bring to a boil and reduce the heat so that the sauce is at a simmer and starting to thicken, add the lemon juice to the sauce. Return the chicken to the pan and simmer until the sauce is thickened to however thick you like and ensure the chicken is cooked through. Internal temperature of the chicken breasts should be 165°F (74°C).

    *If you want to add the cherry tomatoes add it in the step above or earlier depending on how cooked you want them. I add them at the very end as we like them more on the raw side than cooked.

    Garnish* with the parsley and lemon slices and serve immediately over rice or pasta (or not) and/or with a yummy salad.

    Notes

    I myself only need about half a chicken breast when I ate this with the pasta. So for us this yielded about 6 servings, it depends on how much of the chicken you want to eat and with what you're eating it with.

    I've also have added sauteed mushrooms (I love mushrooms) and it's amazing with this dish. Adding spinach is also another possibility.

    As mentioned the cherry tomatoes are optional but we like it with these types of dishes but we don't like them cooked to mush (to each their own) so we add them at the very end.

    Nutrition Information:

    Yield:

    5

    Serving Size:

    1

    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 326Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 103mgSodium: 378mgCarbohydrates: 17gFiber: 3gSugar: 9gProtein: 32g

    Please note that we can not guarantee the accuracy of the nutritional information. They are a best guess calculation.

    Cast Iron Skillet Creamy Lemon Chicken is the perfect weeknight meal! A simple cream sauce, garlic, fresh rosemary and other herbs for a delicious flavour. 

    Now doesn't that sound easy peasy? If you want to serve this skillet creamy lemon chicken with pasta or rice make sure to make it ahead of time! I made the pasta before I made the main dish so that I didn't have to fuss with anything after the skillet creamy lemon chicken was done. 

    Cast Iron Skillet Creamy Lemon Chicken is the perfect weeknight meal! A simple cream sauce, garlic, fresh rosemary and other herbs for a delicious flavour. 

    The next day when I had leftovers (yes there was some but not for long) my daughter tried it with rice (she practically lives off of rice) and it was just as yummy with the rice according to my teen.

    Cast Iron Skillet Creamy Lemon Chicken is the perfect weeknight meal! A simple cream sauce, garlic, fresh rosemary and other herbs for a delicious flavour. 

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    Cast Iron Skillet Creamy Lemon Chicken is the perfect weeknight meal! A simple cream sauce, garlic, fresh rosemary and other herbs for a delicious flavour. 

    If you try this recipe let us know how you like it (or not) and if you did any variations that you loved definitely let us know!

    Disclosure: I am participating in the Chicken Farmers of Canada campaign managed by SJ Consulting. I received compensation in exchange for my participation in this campaign. The opinions on this blog are my own.

    By on April 8th, 2021

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    I’m Michelle aka Powered by Mom. I’m married with one daughter, my hubby was my high school sweetheart, our two dogs Nyx and Cleo and our cat Oliver. As you can see we’re a family of animal lovers. We love to travel when we can, try different food and activities all over the world and enjoy being together. My passions are writing, travelling, creating new recipes, encouraging people to adopt not shop and just to enjoy life while we can.

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    17 thoughts on “Cast Iron Skillet Creamy Lemon Chicken”

    1. This sounds so delicious and easy to make! I'm going to have to try it one of these days when I have more than a few minutes to whip up dinner! LOL

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    2. This sounds so delicious, I love lemons! I also love that this is a cast iron skillet meal, I can't wait to try it! Thank you so much for sharing.

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