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Quick Lemon Thyme Chicken

Meet your new favorite weeknight dinner! A no-fail method for quickly-cooked chicken breasts, paired with a simple sauce of garlic, herbs, white wine, and citrus.

Meet your new favorite weeknight dinner - quick and easy lemon thyme chicken!

One thing I am pretty sure we could all use more of is quick, no-fail, delicious weeknight recipes. Whether you are coming home harried from work or errands or kids’ activities or just wrapping up a long day, it’s comforting to have a dinner plan that you know is going to be simple to prepare and, equally if not more important, taste really good! After all, however simple the dinner, you’re still not going to want to cook it if you don’t want to eat it, too!

Along those lines, this recipe has become one of my go-to MVPs. Simple, fresh ingredients are always a good start. You probably have most of what you need for this already in your house.

This method of cooking chicken breasts is so simple yet fool-proof. One of the best tips I know for cooking chicken is to let it rest out of the fridge for a few minutes before you do anything else. Stone cold meat tends to cook less evenly – specifically, the breasts can be overcooked and dry on the outside by the time they are done on the inside. No bueno. Using thinly-sliced breasts helps with this, too. So set the meat on the counter for a few minutes while you prep the rest of your ingredients or a quick side dish.

When you’re ready, season the chicken with salt and pepper, dredge lightly in flour, and saute briefly on each side. Voila! This chicken stays tender and pairs so well with a light sauce full of citrus and garlic and herbs. And a little white wine and butter don’t ever hurt! Making the sauce in the same skillet you used for the chicken is a double bonus – the sauce takes on extra flavor, and you only have one pan to clean!

Meet your new favorite weeknight dinner - quick and easy lemon thyme chicken!

Meet your new favorite weeknight dinner - quick and easy lemon thyme chicken!

Lemon thyme chicken goes beautifully with a simple salad, asparagus, or broccoli. My personal favorite meal is to pair this with broccolini and a side of orzo. The lemon thyme sauce is incredible spooned over the greens and pasta, and makes the whole meal really feel fresh and flavorful for minimal effort.

I hope you try it and love it like we do! And please, inspire me – what are your weeknight MVP meals?

Quick Lemon Thyme Chicken

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Yield 4 servings

Meet your new favorite weeknight dinner! A no-fail method for quickly-cooked chicken breasts, paired with a simple sauce of garlic, herbs, white wine, and citrus.

Ingredients

  • 4 chicken breasts, ideally thin-sliced
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. olive oil 
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
  • 2 tsp. fresh thyme leaves, minced, or 1 tsp. dried thyme
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 3/4 cup low-sodium chicken broth 
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 tbsp. butter

Instructions

  1. Season both sides of the chicken breasts with salt and pepper. Place the flour in a shallow bowl or plate, then use it to lightly coat each piece of chicken, shaking gently to remove any excess.
  2. Warm the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and saute for 2-3 minutes per side, until cooked through and lightly golden. Remove the chicken to a plate, cover with foil, and set aside. 
  3. Add the garlic and thyme to the skillet and saute for about 1 minute, just until fragrant. Add the wine and scrape the bottom of the skillet to loosen any browned bits, then stir in the chicken broth. Bring the liquid to a simmer, and cook until the sauce is reduced and slightly thickened, 5-6 minutes. Add the lemon juice, followed by the butter, and stir until butter is melted. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed. Spoon the sauce over the chicken to serve.

Notes

If you can, it really helps to allow your chicken to rest at room temperature for 10-15 minutes before you begin cooking it. Stone cold chicken breasts tend to cook less evenly, i.e. they can be overcooked and dry on the outside by the time they are fully cooked on the inside. Having thinly-sliced breasts helps with this, too.

Adapted from Taste of Home and Annie’s Eats

 

Quick lemon thyme chicken will be your new favorite weeknight dinner!

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    September 25, 2017 at 10:13 am

    […] Quick Lemon Thyme Chicken – Nourish and Fete | Chicken and lemon is a wonderful combo especially when you add some garlic and white wine. This is such a simple dinner idea – takes only 30 minutes start to finish – but looks so elegant. The recipe is described as a weeknight MVP and I have to agree – what a delicious-looking and easy recipe idea. […]

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    September 17, 2017 at 11:10 am

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    Debra C.
    April 6, 2017 at 3:11 am

    Ooooh! I want to come to your house for MVP night!! This chicken looks so flavorful and I love your tip of pouring the sauce over the greens. That would be better than me standing at the stove scooping it with a spoon! 😀

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      nourishandfete
      April 6, 2017 at 4:57 am

      Haha – come over anytime! 😉

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    Oriana @Mommy's Home Cooking
    April 6, 2017 at 12:02 am

    This is the perfect weeknight recipe! It looks so fresh and pretty – and healthy too. What a lovely recipe.

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      nourishandfete
      April 6, 2017 at 4:58 am

      Thanks, Oriana!

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    linda spiker
    April 5, 2017 at 11:43 pm

    Truly, my kind of meal! Simple, beautiful and elegant! Yum!

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      nourishandfete
      April 6, 2017 at 4:58 am

      Thanks, Linda!

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    Garlic + Zest
    April 5, 2017 at 10:03 pm

    This chicken looks so appetizing. I would serve it over a bed of parsley orzo and maybe add a few mushrooms – just cause! Definitely putting this in rotation!

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      nourishandfete
      April 6, 2017 at 4:59 am

      Ooh, I love that idea!

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    Elaine @ Dishes Delish
    April 5, 2017 at 9:26 pm

    Yum. This chicken dish looks fabulous! I love using fresh thyme! And I too would pair it with some broccolini! Great recipe!

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      nourishandfete
      April 5, 2017 at 9:50 pm

      Thanks, Elaine! Definitely agree – dried herbs do the job in a pinch, but you can’t beat the flavor of fresh!

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