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Honey Lemon Pan-Fried Chicken

If you think chicken breasts are bland, I am certain this honey lemon pan-fried chicken recipe will convince you otherwise. Everyone will want seconds!

When you need a quick and delicious meal, look no further than this honey lemon pan-fried chicken. When I am stuck for meal ideas, I tend to go back to my trusted easy recipe to get golden pan-fried chicken breasts, seasoned with salt and pepper and coated with flour.

Once you master this easy recipe for making batches and batches of golden pan-fried chicken, you just need a handful of easy and delicious sauce recipes to go along with it.

And trust me, this honey lemon sauce is easy. Even if you think you hate honey lemon sauce, give this recipe a try, and I guarantee you are going to be completely in love.

Honey Lemon Pan Fried Chicken

Honey Lemon Pan Fried Chicken

Ingredients to prepare this yummy chicken breast dish

There are two parts to this lovely chicken dish, the golden crispy pan-fried chicken breasts, and the super easy and utterly delicious honey lemon sauce.

For the pan-fried chicken breast, we will need:

  • 1 pair (2) skinless, boneless chicken breast
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 14 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil

Since chicken breasts are getting bigger and bigger, I have been cutting each piece up into two pieces. So with a pair of chicken breasts, you should end up with 4 pieces of chicken.

Thinner and more even thickness means faster cooking time, also the breasts will cook more evenly.

If the thickness of the chicken breast is still much more than 14”, please pound it a little to make it thinner, or adjust cooking time accordingly.

For the honey lemon sauce, we will need:

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced (~ 1 tablespoon)
  • 34 cup chicken stock
  • 14 cup honey
  • juice of 1 lemon (~ 14 cup)
  • freshly grated zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 lemon, thinly sliced
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • cornstarch slurry from 12 tablespoon cornstarch + 2 tablespoon water

Optional garnish

When you are feeling fancy, feel free to adorn your dish with thinly sliced scallions or roughly chopped parsley. :)

Golden crispy pan-fried chicken breasts.

Golden crispy pan-fried chicken breasts.

How to pan-fry chicken breasts

Frying up perfect golden pan-fried chicken breasts is one of a few cooking techniques that I think every cook should learn to master. Once you have this technique pat-down, the door is open to many other great chicken recipes.

First, prep the chicken breast like this:

  1. Sprinkle each side of the chicken breasts with salt and pepper.
  2. LIGHTLY dust the chicken with all-purpose flour. Trust me, the “lightly” part is super important if you want a crispy crust.

Next comes the frying technique.

  1. Heat butter and olive oil in a frying pan over medium-high heat.
  2. Once the butter melts, add chicken breasts to the hot pan. Cook each side until golden brown, about 2 minutes per side.
  3. Transfer cooked chicken breasts to a plate.
Golden crispy pan-fried chicken breasts, with honey lemon sauce.

Golden crispy pan-fried chicken breasts, with honey lemon sauce.

Perfect honey-lemon sauce with fried chicken bits

Now let’s walk through the steps to create the loveliest honey-lemon sauce you will ever taste.

  1. Using the same frying pan (super important!), and again on medium-high heat, add minced garlic and cook until golden brown for about 30 seconds.
  2. Add chicken stock and bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Remember to scrape the stuck chicken bits from the bottom of the pan with a spatula. This is the trick to make the sauce extremely flavorful.
  3. Add honey, lemon juice, and lemon slices. Continue cooking until the sauce simmers, then season with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Thicken the sauce by adding cornstarch slurry, and keep cooking for another 3 minutes until the sauce is thick.
  5. Return the golden pan-fried chicken breasts into the frying pan to coat with the sauce. It really shouldn’t take more than 30 seconds, or you may risk overcooking the chicken.

Garnish with thinly sliced scallions and reserved grated lemon zest, and it’s done! The most flavorful and juiciest honey lemon pan-fried chicken you will ever taste.

Honey lemon pan-fried chicken.

Honey lemon pan-fried chicken.

You can serve this with some steamed rice, or perfectly boiled al-dente pasta of your choice. This is also very good with some mashed potatoes. Or perhaps, some bread to mop up the sauce. Either way, we want some carb to soak up all that lovely sauce!

Honey Lemon Pan-Fried Chicken

5.0 from 11 reviews

Author: Anita Jacobson

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Prep Time: 15 mins

Cook Time: 15 mins

Total Time: 30 mins

Serves: 4

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Ingredients

  • Pan-fried chicken
  • a pair of chicken breasts, cut each into two halves
  • salt and pepper, generous amount
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • Honey lemon sauce
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic (from about 3 cloves of garlic)
  • 3/4 cup chicken stock
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • juice of 1 lemon (about 1/4 cup), reserve the zest
  • 1 lemon, thinly sliced
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • corn starch slurry (1/2 tablespoon corn starch + 2 tablespoon water)
  • Garnish
  • lemon zest reserves
  • 1 scallion, thinly sliced

Instructions

  1. Pan-fried chicken breasts. Sprinkle each side of the chicken breasts with salt and pepper. LIGHTLY dust the chicken with all-purpose flour. Trust me, the “lightly” part is super important if you want a crispy crust.
  2. Heat butter and olive oil in a frying pan over medium-high heat. Once the butter melts, add chicken breasts to the hot pan. Cook each side until golden brown, about 2 minutes per side. Transfer cooked chicken breasts to a plate.
  3. Honey lemon sauce. Using the same frying pan (super important!), and again on medium-high heat, add minced garlic and cook until golden brown for about 30 seconds.
  4. Add chicken stock and bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Remember to scrape the stuck chicken bits from the bottom of the pan with a spatula. This is the trick to make the sauce extremely flavorful.
  5. Add honey, lemon juice, and lemon slices. Continue cooking until the sauce simmers, then season with salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Thicken the sauce by adding cornstarch slurry, and keep cooking for another 3 minutes until the sauce is thick.
  7. Return the golden pan-fried chicken breasts into the frying pan to coat with the sauce. It really shouldn’t take more than 30 seconds, or you may risk overcooking the chicken.
  8. Garnish with thinly sliced scallions and reserved grated lemon zest. Serve immediately with steamed white rice, boiled pasta, mashed potatoes, or crusty breads.
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Comments

  • Liz @ I Heart Vegetables Liz @ I Heart Vegetables says:

    Fried chicken is one of my husband's favorite things! I bet he'd love the flavor in this recipe!

  • Elaine @ Dishes Delish Elaine @ Dishes Delish says:

    Mmmm. This pan fried chicken looks fabulous with the honey and lemon! And yes, chicken breasts are getting bigger and bigger! I usually cut mine in half too, sometimes in thirds! Great recipe and beautiful photos!

  • Jagruti Jagruti says:

    I am sure chicken lovers will ask for second helping, lovely pictures!

  • Ginny McMeans Ginny McMeans says:

    Gorgeous pictures and a really nice sauce.

  • Beth Beth says:

    I love honey and lemon together! You are right! Chicken breasts are getting huge lately! This chicken looks fantastic!

  • Chris Chris says:

    Hey Anita, I just finished cooking this. The chicken was absolute delicious, salt and pepper the best! I cut down the lemon juice and added teaspoon of sugar though. It tastes super delish. Thanks for the recipe!

  • Jamie Jamie says:

    Anita, this was another fabulous recipe my family loved! The flavor of the lemon really came through and the sauce was so delicious. It was gone in a flash!

  • Krissy Allori Krissy Allori says:

    This is so good. I made it for my family and they were big fans and I'm positive I'll be making it again.

  • stephanie stephanie says:

    This looks mouth watering I can't wait to try it. Thank you for sharing.

  • Andrea Metlika Andrea Metlika says:

    We are chicken lovers in my house and this flavor combination is perfect for us. Can't wait to make this.

  • Whitney Whitney says:

    I love pan fried chicken with lemon, there's nothing better! This sauce is amazing!

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