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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

4.5 from 4 reviews

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

Yield: 4 1x

Ingredients

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  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 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

  1. Use paper towels to thoroughly dry chicken pieces, ensuring all excess moisture is removed. Set aside.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Pour sauce over chicken and serve with garnish, if desired.
  • Category: dinner, main, chicken
  • Cuisine: American

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40 comments

    • Elizabeth O

    This looks like a really lovely recipe for those who enjoy chicken. I love that it is a healthy option too.

    • Aditi Wardhan Singh

    Such a delicious recipe. Love creamy chicken for sure

    • itsnadianelson

    This looks delicious! I have never tried lemon dill anything, so this is definitely a recipe to add to list to try.

    • Lara Ziobro

    This sounds so good. Love that it looks like it has a creamy consistency yet doesn’t have heavy cream. Totally an upside to this recipe. And the lemon and dill pairing sounds perfect for summer.

    • Deb B.

    OMG YUM!!! If i had all the ingredients this very second I would make it for dinner RIGHT NOW. Will definitely be on our menu for next week though. My family loves chicken, but dill is our absolute favorite! How we’ve never tried this, I’ll never know 🙂

    • justbusylovinglife

    This looks delicious! Can’t wait to try it!

    • justbusylovinglife

    Looks so delicious! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

    • Kansas Bonanno

    oh my word this looks amazing! I’m a sucker for lemon chicken.

    • Luci Cook

    This chicken looks so delicious. I know that this would be a big hit for my family.

    • Ithfifi Williams / IthinityBeauty

    Oh wow this looks delicious, I love a good chicken recipe and the added lemon sounds like a great combination!

    • sue-Tanya

    Thanks for sharing your healthy creamy lemon dill chicken recipe. The pictures look so good, I can just imagine how tasty it must be.

    • Chandler

    I totally have to try this out! I am a sucker for lemon pepper chicken, I bet the addition of dill is absolutly to die for! Saving this one for later!

    • Growing up zee

    This looks so pretty and delicious! I love dill in the summer!

    • Jackie

    Ohh I love anything with dill! I am going to try this. It’s a refreshing change from what we usually eat!

    • GiGi Eats Celebrities

    Lemon and Dill go SO SO well together. Typically I pair them with fish, never chicken, so I must try this!

    • Gaby Dyson

    Oh yum! This sounds really tasty. I bet it would be perfect for a summer dinner party.

    • Evelyn, PathofPresence

    Lemon and dill sound delicious together. Juicy chicken, cooked just right over the pan is the perfect call for any night

    • Helen Claire Little

    This chicken recipe looks absolutely delicious, perfect flavours for summer. I love dill and my mum grows it, so I will have to try this!

    • kaiffeinated

    Oh this made my mouth water! I want to try this recipe although I’d switch the chicken up for salmon. Do you think there’d be a problem with doing that?

      • Erin

      I tried the lemon dill sauce from this recipe on baked lemon pepper tilapia and it turned out great! I bet it will taste great on salmon! I’ve also tried this sauce on wild rice and roasted summer vegetables, and that was delicious too. I’m excited to find out what else it tastes good on. 🙂

        • chewoutloud

        Yay, so happy to hear that, Erin! Glad you liked this! 🙂

    • Geraline Batarra

    This Healthy Creamy Lemon Dill Chicken Recipe looks so delicious and an easy to prepare dish. I will definitely try to make this for my husband and I am sure he will love it!

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