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Lemon Butter Chicken

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
This luscious Lemon Butter Chicken cooks in ONE pan, uses no cream, and is so easy and delicious. Green beans cook alongside the chicken for a healthy meal!


  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts or thighs — or a mix!
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter — divided (swap ghee to make Paleo friendly)
  • 1 pound green beans — ends trimmed and cut in half (or swap trimmed asparagus, cut into 2-inch pieces)
  • 1 shallot — minced
  • 2 cloves garlic — minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 medium lemon — zest and juice, plus additional lemon slices for serving
  • 1 (14-ounce) can full-fat coconut milk — do not use light or the sauce won't thicken properly
  • Chopped fresh thyme or parsley

For serving:

  • Prepared brown rice
  • Cauliflower rice
  • Nice crusty bread
  • Whole wheat pasta


  1. Place a rack in the center of your oven and preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Season the chicken with salt and pepper.

  2. In a large, ovenproof skillet, melt 2 tablespoons of butter over medium heat. Add the chicken and sear on both sides until deeply golden brown, 10 to 12 minutes total. Transfer to a plate.
  3. Reduce the heat to medium low. Add the remaining tablespoon butter, then the green beans, shallot, garlic, and Italian seasoning. Stir to combine. Cook for 7 minutes, stirring often, until the green beans are crisp-tender. Remove from the heat. Zest the lemon into the pan, then squeeze in the lemon juice. Slowly pour in the coconut milk while stirring to combine. Return the reserved chicken to the skillet.
  4. Place the skillet in the oven and cook for 15 to 25 minutes, or until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the thickest portion of the chicken registers 165 degrees F and the juices run clear (the cook time will vary based on the size of your chicken). Top with parsley. Serve with extra lemon wedges and rice, pasta, and/or fresh bread for mopping up the sauce, if desired.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: keto, lemon butter chicken, no cream, one pan
Calories: 550, Fat: 37g, Saturated Fat: 28g, Cholesterol: 131mg, Sodium: 803mg, Potassium: 1190mg, Carbohydrates: 18g, Fiber: 6g, Sugar: 8g, Protein: 41g, Vitamin A: 1095%, Vitamin C: 34%, Calcium: 83%, Iron: 3.8%

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