green iron skillet of Lemon Basil Chicken
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Lemon Basil Chicken

Yield: 4 servings (about 4 cups total)
Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
One Pan Lemon Basil Chicken with Spinach—Ready in 20 minutes! Fresh, flavorful, and healthy. Serve with rice for an easy weeknight meal.


  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 large yellow onion — finely chopped, about 1 cup
  • 4 cloves garlic — minced
  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts, — cut into 3/4-inch pieces
  • 2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 5 cups loosely packed baby spinach — about 5 ounces
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 cups fresh basil leaves
  • Kosher salt and pepper — to taste
  • Prepared brown rice — for serving


  1. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium. Once hot, add the onion and cook, stirring often, until softened, about 4 minutes. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 additional seconds.
  2. Add the chicken, increase the heat to medium high, and let cook for 3 minutes, browning all sides. Stir in the soy sauce and black pepper. Let cook until the chicken is completely cooked through, about 3 minutes longer.
  3. Stir in the spinach a few handfuls at a time, letting the heat of the pan wilt it as you go. Stir in the lemon zest, lemon juice, and basil. Cook and stir just until the basil is wilted, about 1 additional minute. Taste and season with additional salt or pepper as desired.  Serve warm with rice as desired.

Recipe Notes

  • Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Easy One Pan Recipe, Healthy Chicken Dinner, Lemon Basil Chicken

Nutrition Information

Amount per serving (1 (of 4), with 1/2 cup brown rice) — Calories: 349, Fat: 8g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 98mg, Sodium: 534mg, Carbohydrates: 29g, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 3g, Protein: 40g

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