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Baked Lemon Chicken

Baked Lemon Chicken is a simple dish that's loaded with flavor. With just a few ingredients, this chicken bakes up tender, juicy, and all-around delicious. Perfect for a busy weeknight dinner!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: baked chicken, lemon chicken
Servings: 4
Calories: 192kcal



  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted OR olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • ½ cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice juice from about 1 lemon
  • teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 4 lemon slices


  • Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a large baking pan with parchment paper or lightly grease a baking dish with cooking spray. Set aside.
  • Place chicken on pan and brush both sides with melted butter and then season both sides with salt and pepper.
  • In a small bowl, whisk chicken broth, lemon juice, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, and paprika. Spoon half of mixture over chicken.
  • Bake for 15 minutes, then remove from oven and spoon rest of marinade over chicken. Top each breast with a lemon slice. Return to oven and bake for another 10-15 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through and the internal temperature reaches 165°F. For a crispy texture, broil for 2-4 minutes, or until chicken is slightly browned on top. Remove from oven and let chicken rest for 5-10 minutes before slicing. This will help the chicken retain the juices so it remains moist and tender.
  • Before serving, squeeze additional lemon juice on top, if desired.


  • For best results, use a meat thermometer to know when your chicken is done cooking, as the size of chicken breasts will vary in the oven.
  • See my tips and tricks for making this baked lemon chicken above the recipe box.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 192kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 87mg | Sodium: 142mg | Potassium: 468mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 332IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 1mg