Creamy Lemon Thyme Chicken

skillet chicken with creamy sauce
Skillet chicken with creamy sauce
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4 Chicken Breast boneless, skinless , about 1 ½ lbs total
¼ tsp Salt
¼ tsp Black pepper freshly ground
1 tbsp Olive oil
1 ½ cups (360 ml) Chicken broth low-sodium
¼ cup (60 ml) Lemon juice about 2 medium lemons
1 tbsp Lemon zest
⅓ cup Onion finely chopped, ⅓ of a medium onion
2 cloves Garlic minced
2 ½ tsp Fresh thyme leaves, or 1 ½ tsp dried
⅓ cup (80 ml) Heavy cream at room temperature
3 tbsp (43 g) Unsalted butter cubed and at room temperature

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Creamy Lemon Thyme Chicken


This easy Creamy Lemon Thyme Chicken recipe is full of flavor and has a lovely presentation for a special occasion. The chicken breasts are pan-seared until nice and browned on the outside first and then finished in the oven with rich and creamy lemon thyme sauce. This garlicky and herb-infused creamy lemon sauce makes chicken plate-licking delicious, but the best part is that it is so easy to prepare in just 15 minutes.  

To make this recipe, start with the chicken. Pound the chicken breasts to an even thickness so they cook evenly. Season with salt and black pepper. Briefly pan-sear in a hot ovenproof skillet, then remove and keep warm while proceeding with the recipe. To the same skillet, add chicken broth, lemon juice and zest, chopped onion, minced garlic, and thyme. Bring to a boil and cook for about 10 minutes until reduced and thickened. Now, stir in the cream and butter and simmer for 3-4 minutes. Finally, add the chicken to the skillet and transfer to the preheated oven. Bake until the chicken is fully cooked, about 10 minutes. Garnish the chicken with lemon slices and fresh thyme and serve with rice for slurping up the sauce and a green vegetable for a balanced chicken dinner that’s ready in less than 1 hour.

To make the Creamy Lemon Thyme Chicken, you will need the following ingredients:

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Steps to make Creamy Lemon Thyme Chicken


Pond chicken


Pound 4 chicken breasts to an even thickness.


Season chicken


Season both sides of the chicken with ¼ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper.


Cook chicken


Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium-high heat in a large ovenproof skillet. Add the chicken and cook for about 7-8 minutes, flipping once halfway, until browned on the outside but not fully cooked in the center. Remove the chicken from the skillet, cover with foil and set aside while you proceed with the recipe.


Preheat oven


Preheat the oven to 375 °F.


Make sauce


To the same skillet, add 1 ½ cups chicken broth, ¼ cup lemon juice, 1 tablespoon lemon zest, ⅓ cup finely chopped onion, 2 minced garlic cloves, and 2 ½ teaspoons fresh thyme leaves. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring to scrape up the browned bits from the bottom of the skillet. Let boil, uncovered, for 10 minutes or until the sauce is reduced to about ½ a cup.


Add heavy cream and butter


Stir in ⅓ cup heavy cream (at room temperature) and 3 tablespoons softened butter. Bring to a simmer, stirring occasionally, and cook for 3-4 minutes.


Add chicken and bake


Add the chicken to the sauce and transfer the skillet to the preheated oven. Bake until the chicken is cooked through, about 10 minutes.



Spoon the sauce over the chicken and serve topped with lemon slices and fresh thyme leaves. Enjoy!

Indulge in this tender Creamy Lemon Thyme Chicken that will pair perfectly with some rice and veggies. Pan-seared and oven-finished, these chicken breasts are juicy and melt-in-you-mouth delicious. Give this recipe a try, and share a photo with us on Instagram by tagging @cookmerecipes and using the hashtag #cookmerecipes!

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