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Lemon Butter Chicken



Ingredients

4 (5 oz) chicken breasts*, pounded to an even 1/3-inch thickness
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1 Tbsp olive oil
4 Tbsp unsalted butter, sliced into 1 Tbsp pieces, divided
1 1/2 tsp minced garlic
1/2 cup low-sodium chicken broth
3 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
1/2 tsp fresh lemon zest
1 1/2 Tbsp minced fresh parsley (optional)


Instructions


  • Season both sides of chicken with salt and pepper.
  • Place flour in a shallow dish then dredge both sides of chicken breasts in flour, one at a time.
  • Heat 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Add olive oil and 1 Tbsp butter, let butter melt, then add in chicken breasts  in a single layer.
  • Sear until golden brown on bottom, about 4 - 5 minutes then flip and continue to cook until chicken registers 165 degrees in center, about 4 - 5 minutes longer.
  • Transfer chicken to a plate while leaving any little bit of excess oil in pan.
  • Reduce to medium heat, add garlic and saute 20 seconds, or until just lightly golden brown, then pour in chicken broth while scraping browned bits up.
  • Pour in lemon juice then bring mixture to a simmer, reduce heat slightly and let simmer until liquid has reduced by about half, about 2 minutes.
  • Add in remaining 3 Tbsp butter and lemon zest, stir to melt butter. 
  • Return chicken to skillet, spoon sauce over chicken and garnish with parsley. Serve warm.
  • Recipe source: inspired by my Lemon Butter Salmon
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