Lemon Pepper Chicken


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Lemon Pepper Chicken is the perfect combination of juicy chicken, tender veggies and a tangy flavorful lemon pepper sauce that everyone loves! This easy recipe starts with high quality spices and a quick homemade lemon pepper seasoning!

Serve this dish over easy Garlic Butter Rice or mashed potatoes for the perfect meal!

Lemon Pepper Chicken served in a bowl with lemon slices and parsley for garnish - the perfect dinner dish!

This Lemon Pepper Chicken recipe is sponsored by McCormick and inspired by my behind-the-scenes experience with the flavor experts at McCormick.

How to Make Lemon Pepper Chicken

I love chicken – it always makes for an easy meal and everyone loves it! Here’s the thing about chicken: it can be delicious, juicy and flavorful, or just ho-hum.

The great thing is that you don’t need a lot of fancy or weird, unusual ingredients to make a great dish! This recipe uses a simple blend of lemon, McCormick Ground Black Pepper, salt, and a few spices to create an easy meal so flavorful, it’s restaurant-worthy!

In early October, I was fortunate enough to spend time with the McCormick flavor experts (and their most amazing chef Kevan) and learn a ton about the spices I know and love.

McCormick spices are what I grew up with and what is in my cupboard now, so I was excited to get great tips and learn even more to really become a flavor expert.

McCormick spices are truly top notch (spoiler: the care and details put into everything they produce is second to none). The best part is that I can take what I’ve learned and pass it on to you, so you can easily create crazy good food in your own kitchen!

The ingredients laid out to make homemade lemon pepper, which is a key ingredient for this lemon pepper chicken recipe

I’m obsessed with good flavor just as much as McCormick is! We learned so much but my favorite (of course) was the tasting we got to do! The first thing we learned was the physiology of flavors … and how our bodies process flavor (plug your nose and eat a jelly bean, there will be no flavor)!!

My fave was learning why McCormick’s spices have so much flavor (it’s the commitment to where and how they’re sourced plus the care of the spices until they’re bottled).  While we did taste a lot of comparison/competitor products, the black pepper (and taco seasoning) truly was the most amazing difference to me!

Lemon Pepper Chicken is made with high quality ingredients similar to those found on this spice comparison board

Use High Quality Spices

Black pepper is black pepper right? Sorry, wrong! Dollar store pepper is the same ol’ thing anyhow right? Wrong again!

This was shocking to me! The two piles of pepper on our spice cutting paper (above) look so similar to me but the flavor wasn’t even close. The McCormick Black Pepper had such a huge difference in the depth of flavor and spice that it wasn’t even comparable.

When cooking, we’re adding pennies worth of spices to each meal so making sure those spices really have all of the flavor we’re looking for is essential. On average, a bottle of spices lasts me anywhere from 6 months to 2 years… so spending the extra dollar or so for a quality product is one place I splurge.

For a dollar or so extra, you’re adding HUGE flavor to countless meals.

Spooning the lemony sauce over the lemon pepper chicken in a skillet

How to Make Lemon Pepper Seasoning

I have to admit this is my favorite part of this recipe! I love the flavor of lemon pepper but usually find it quite salty. Making it homemade with high-quality ingredients means that I get the most delicious seasoning while being able to control the sodium!

Homemade Lemon Pepper Seasoning

Combine all ingredients for use in this lemon pepper chicken recipe. Leftover lemon pepper seasoning can be left on a plate to dry at room temperature for about 24 hours, stirring occasionally. Once dried, store in a cool airtight container.

DIY Lemon Pepper Seasoning is great for chicken, fish, shrimp or pasta. The possibilities are endless!

Lemon Pepper Chicken in a skillet garnished with parsley and lemon slices

How to Cook Lemon Pepper Chicken

Recipes like this Lemon Pepper Chicken start with the simplest of ingredients but create the most amazing meal! Adding high-quality spices and a fragrant ground black pepper means that, for only pennies per meal, you’re getting the best flavors with everyday ingredients.  This lemon pepper chicken recipe is crazy easy to make at home.

  1. Mix homemade lemon pepper seasoning.
  2. Dredge chicken and brown on each side.
  3. Place over sliced zucchini (or mushrooms) in a casserole dish.
  4. Create a quick lemon sauce to spoon over top.
  5. Bake until tender.

Lemon Pepper Chicken in a blue serving bowl

What Goes with Lemon Pepper Chicken

Lemon Pepper Chicken is a great meal on its own. I add veggies under the chicken and it all cooks in one dish! When serving, spoon the lemon sauce over top of the chicken for a deliciously zingy flavor!

This lemon pepper chicken can be served with:

Lemon Pepper Chicken

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Holly
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Tender juicy chicken in a tangy lemon sauce baked to perfection.

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 teaspoons lemon pepper seasoning divided, recipe below
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil divided
  • 6 green onions sliced
  • 1 medium zucchini sliced (or 8 oz mushrooms)
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 4 chicken breasts
Sauce

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Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350˚F  

  2. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a skillet. Fry zucchini, 1 teaspoon lemon pepper seasoning and  green onion about 2-3 minutes.  Place in bottom of a 2 qt casserole dish or dutch oven.

  3. Mix together flour and 1 1/2 teaspoons of the lemon pepper seasoning. Dredge chicken breasts in flour mixture (reserve remaining mixture for sauce).

  4. Add olive oil to a skillet and brown chicken over medium high heat until golden, about 3 minutes per side. Place on top of zucchini

  5. Place wine, broth, lemon juice and 1 tablespoon of the leftover flour mixture and garlic powder in a jar and shake well to combine. 

  6. Pour into warm skillet while whisking and bring to a boil. Simmer 1 minute. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Spoon sauce over chicken breasts.

  7. Cover and bake for 20 minutes. Remove cover and bake for 10-15 minutes longer or until internal temperature reaches 165°F.

Recipe Notes

Zucchini can be replaced with 8 oz sliced mushrooms (or a combination of the two).
Homemade Lemon Pepper Seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons lemon zest
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons McCormick Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon McCormick Onion Powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon McCormick Garlic Powder
 
Nutrition Information
Calories: 435, Fat: 17g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 145mg, Sodium: 313mg, Potassium: 1083mg, Carbohydrates: 14g, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 2g, Protein: 51g, Vitamin A: 6.9%, Vitamin C: 18%, Calcium: 3.8%, Iron: 11.7%

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

Keyword lemon chicken, lemon pepper chicken, lemon pepper seasoning

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Holly is a wine and cheese lover, recipe creator, shopping enthusiast and self appointed foodie. Her greatest passion is creating in the kitchen and making deliciously comforting recipes for the everyday home cook!

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