This simple Lemon Herb Chicken recipe is the easiest way to prepare chicken and is absolutely delicious! It’s a great weeknight entree the entire family will love. 

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Healthy, fast recipe are my favorite thing to make. There are nights where I’m really tempted to get some quick takeout, but recently I’ve love cooking with chicken breasts because in less time than it would take for me to go to the drive-through, and with very little work, I can transform them into a variety of different dishes that will get my family really excited. A beautifully cooked marinaded chicken breast is a great weeknight entree!


Since both of my girls are into eating any herb they can pick themselves from our garden or find at the farmers’ market, this Lemon Herb Chicken recipe is a no brainer. I let Gemma and Chloe grab a big handfuls of their favorite herbs to chop up with me and then help me mix them with the olive oil and fresh lemon juice. I cook these in a cast iron skillet which gives them a nice crispy exterior with a tender and juicy, full of flavor interior.


When I’m in a pinch and need something easy, this Lemon Herb Chicken is one of my go-to’s. I’ll go ahead and marinate it the night before so that all I have to do is get it out of my refrigerator and cook it! I like to serve it with either Brown Rice Cakes or Lemon Spaghetti with Toasted Walnuts and then whatever in season vegetable is at the farmers market, like Grilled Lemon Asparagus or Roasted Balsamic Brussels Sprouts


If you’re looking for more ways to marinade you’re chicken breasts or thighs try my Marinated Chicken 6 Ways! You can even freeze them in the marinade and have them ready to go when you’re in the mood for some flavorful chicken. 


Is chicken on your menu this week? Let me know what you think of this one! 


Lemon Herb Chicken

This simple Lemon Herb Chicken recipe is the easiest way to prepare chicken and is absolutely delicious! It's a great weeknight entree the entire family will love. 
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Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Marinading Time: 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes


  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh or dried herbs (I used parsley, cilantro, and basil)
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika


  • Combine ingredients and marinade for 20 minutes to overnight. 
  • Use a meat mallet to flatten evenly and cook for 4-5 minutes on each side or until golden. 
  • Serve with lemon wedges and top with fresh herbs. 


Calories: 220kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 40g | Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 120mg | Sodium: 690mg
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Catherine is a mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. I create simple, healthy recipes the whole family will love.


  1. That really depends on the brand you use! My hubby’s favorite dijon mustard is too spicy for the kids, but I have found that Grey Poupon goes over just fine!

  2. Dear Ms.Catherine would the Dijon mustard make the chicken spicy? silly question but would love to make this for my little one. thank you

  3. I tried this last night and it definately is healthy and oh soo delish! Thanks so much for the inspiration 🙂

  4. Yes capers would be delicious with this! I would add them during the final 20 minutes of cooking time!

  5. Do you think it would work to throw some capers into this dish, and if so when when you add them?

  6. Yes to healthy recipes for the New Year! What are Kenya and Chloe’s favorite herb combos?

  7. Could you clarify the cooking time please? Under the Recipe heading it lists cook time as 20 minutes, but in the Preparation section there is a total of 40 minutes cook time. Thanks!

  8. Oh yes and I also used herbs de Provence vs others listed just out of convenience it was wonderful!

  9. Thank you so much Catherine! I made tonight and my 3 yr old daughter and husband devoured it! Many many thanks for all you do to make our lives easier AND nutritious!!!!

  10. I used parsley, cilantro and basil! I think 1-2 tablespoons of herbs de provence would be fantastic! I haven’t tried it in the crock pot yet. It would work, but the sauce will stay runny, it won’t really become a sauce or glaze.

  11. Sounds good and simple! Can this be cooked in the crock pot? Also, what herbs do you like best with this – if I don’t have fresh on hand will a few tablespoons of dry herbs de provence work? Thanks!!!

  12. Sounds delicious. Can you put the chicken in the marinade all day (or overnight) and then just pop in the oven before dinner?

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