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Healthy Creamy Lemon Dill Chicken Recipe

You can have this Healthy Creamy Lemon Dill Chicken on the dinner table in 30 minutes. The tasty lemon dill sauce brings deliciously bright flavors to this light chicken recipe!

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Skillet Chicken Done Right

It’s no secret. If there’s one faithful, trusty dish that can be counted on all year round, it’s skillet chicken done right.

Well-seasoned, tender chicken breasts cooked in a pan to golden brown perfection is bona fide legit. It’s one of my favorite weeknight dinner scenes, as it’s healthy and delish and can be served in a myriad of ways.

Shining example: this Healthy Creamy Lemon Dill Chicken recipe is an incredibly easy, quick way to add intense yumminess to your skillet chicken.

This creamy yet healthy lemon dill sauce is perfect for spring/summer months, but since we can get both lemon and dill at most stores throughout the year, we don’t put borders around this delectable sauce. This lemon dill chicken recipe is one of those allegiant meals that quickly goes into dinner rotation.

You may be astonished that this creamy lemon dill sauce requires no cream at all

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How to cook chicken in a pan perfectly:

Always thoroughly dry the chicken pieces. Even if it makes you use up several paper towels, please do this. The excess moisture on raw chicken is what often prevents it from gaining that golden brown exterior that everyone loves. So be sure to start off with towel-dried chicken pieces.

Generously season both sides of chicken. Sometimes home cooks are afraid to season much prior to cooking, but a nice sprinkling of kosher salt, freshly ground black pepper, and garlic powder will do wonders for your pan cooked chicken.

And the biggest taboo: overcooking the chicken. The goal is to brown the chicken on both sides, without overcooking to the point of losing tenderness in the chicken breasts. Chicken breasts can easily overcook; it definitely shouldn’t reach over 165F at the thickest center.

I usually keep the heat at medium-high, with a lid that’s covering about 3/4 of the pan (leave lid slightly open to allow steam to escape.) Typically, I pan fry my chicken breasts 3-4 minutes per side. The thickness and temp of your chicken will determine how long it needs to cook.

P.S. If you choose to use boneless, skinless chicken thighs instead, it’s much more forgiving in terms of cook time.

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healthy creamy lemon dill sauce (Without Cream)

Lemon dill sauce sounds way more involved than it really is. It’s actually super easy and comes together in mere minutes.

We simply combine the sauce ingredients and let it boil until reduced by half. That’s it. Really and truly it. Now all that’s left is to drizzle, dribble, and pour that luscious sauce over the chicken.

This whole situation is amazing with Instant Pot Parmesan Lemon Risotto and 20-Minute Lemon Spinach Orzo Salad.

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Healthy Creamy Lemon Dill Chicken Recipe

4.67 from 6 ratings
You can have this Healthy Creamy Lemon Dill Chicken on the dinner table in 20 minutes. The tasty lemon dill sauce brings deliciously bright flavors to this light chicken recipe!
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 30 mins
Servings: 4

Ingredients  

  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • ½ tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 TB olive oil

For Lemon Dill Sauce:

  • 1 cup regular chicken broth
  • 1 cup milk, whole or 2%
  • 2 TB freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 TB flour
  • 1 TB salted butter
  • 3 TB freshly cut dill leaves
  • Garnish: lemon zest and lemon slices

Instructions

  • Use paper towels to thoroughly dry chicken pieces, ensuring all excess moisture is removed. Set aside.
  • In a small bowl, combine kosher salt, garlic powder, onion powder, and black pepper to form seasoning mixture. Evenly sprinkle seasoning over both sides of each chicken breast, pressing in to adhere mixture.
  • Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. When oil is hot, add chicken, taking care not to overcrowd. Cover skillet, leaving about a quarter of pan uncovered, to allow steam to escape. Cook until chicken is browned on both sides and center is no longer pink, no more than 165F internal temp for thickest center portions (approx 3-4 min per side, depending on thickness and starting temp of your chicken) Transfer cooked chicken to separate plate and keep warm.
  • In a bowl, gently whisk together the lemon dill sauce ingredients until well incorporated. Pour sauce into same skillet (now empty) and constantly stir over medium-high heat, uncovered, until reduced by half (about 5 min.) You should end up with about 1 cup of sauce.
  • Pour sauce over chicken and serve with garnish, if desired.
Course: chicken, Dinner, Main
Cuisine: American

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40 comments

    • Susan Ramsey

    Love the flavor. Only problem is that it didn’t reduce to half in 5 minutes. In fact it was still pretty thin. Maybe more flour?

    • Lauren
    • 3 stars

    Sauce was delicious but the seasoning was way too salty especially for a healthy recipe. I will skip the seasoning portion next time I make this and use my own seasoning to ensure it is less salty.

      • chewoutloud

      Thanks for coming over, Lauren!

    • Mariana

    Thanks for the recipe! I just made it and it’s delicioussss.

    • Joyce
    • 5 stars

    Wonderful recipe! Perfect way to use fresh dill and I picked the dill as well as some fresh oregano from the garden. Only change I made was to sub almond milk for the milk since I am non dairy (paleo) and used lemon juice since I didn’t have a fresh lemon on hand. Definitaly a keeper. thank you!

    • Lorna

    This recipe looks great! Does the sauce keep well overnight for leftovers?

      • chewoutloud

      The sauce keeps really well! 🙂

    • Suzanne
    • 5 stars

    Made this tonight and it was absolutely delicious! My husband loved it as well. Super easy to make! Definitely a keeper.

      • chewoutloud

      Amazing, Suzanne! So happy you guys loved this recipe 🙂 🙂

    • Tara Jones
    • 5 stars

    This is my favorite recipe!! It’s so delicious!! I use boneless skinless chicken thighs and I think it makes a huge difference in how it turns out. The sauce is so good I want to drink it out of a glass!!

      • chewoutloud

      Yay! So happy you love this recipe so much 🙂 Thanks for letting us know!

    • Nel

    For some reason my sauce curdled. Maybe the lemon in the milk, IDK. My milk was not off, was 6 days prior to expiry.

      • chewoutloud

      Nel, sorry for delay. It’s super important to keep whisking/stirring as you gradually add ingredients. It should definitely be a creamy, velvety smooth sauce. 🙂

    • Doreen Pinto

    Its lunch time right now and this just makes my mouth water. Looks super yummy!

    • CRistina

    Yummy! I have to get some dill and make this recipe ASAP

    • Nati

    I also love grilled chicken breasts! I will definitely be making your recipe because it sound fabulous!

    • Nati

    I also love grilled and tender chicken breasts, I will definitely be making your recipe, it sounds fabulous!

    • Preet

    Lemon and dill chicken looks and sounds so delicious, I already love these flavors when it comes to chicken and fish meals. I need to try this recipe myself.

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