Creamy Lemon + Herb Parmesan Chicken

February 16, 2018

This Creamy Lemon + Herb Parmesan Chicken is just savory + bold in flavor! This is truly an unforgettable dish that makes for an easy weeknight dinner option for the entire family. Based with a velvety lemon cream sauce made from freshly squeezed lemon juice, chunks of parmesan, pinches of tuscan herbs, and married together well with the juiciness of the chicken breasts and kale; this recipe is a sure crowd-pleaser.

Creamy Lemon + Herb Parmesan Chicken

This Creamy Lemon + Herb Parmesan Chicken dish is EVERYTHING!

When it comes to chicken, I am the biggest fan possible. Honestly, I hardly ever eat red meats, but I do love seafood ever so often as well.

Unlike most sweet treat recipes, food recipes can be a bit more complex in flavor, BUT that doesn’t mean that time and effort has to be sacrificed, right? EXACTLY.

This recipe specifically was inspired by my love for one-pot dishes and of course, we always need a quick, easy meal that can be whipped together on those days when we’re extremely busy or perhaps tired. That’s why I created the Weeknight Meals category.

WHAT’S NEEDED FOR THIS DISH?

This specific recipe calls for several ingredients, most of which are herbs + seasonings.

What you’ll need: 2-4 chicken breasts, unsalted butter, garlic cloves, chicken stock, heavy cream, grated Parmesan cheese, lemon juice, white wine vinegar, kale, dried thyme, sea salt, black pepper, dried parsley, dried oregano, dried basil, red pepper flakes, garlic powder, and smoked paprika.

Creamy Lemon + Herb Parmesan Chicken

EVER WONDERED WHAT WERE OTHER GREAT HEALTHY GREENS OPTIONS BESIDES KALE?

When it comes to vegetables, there are so many benefits as we all know. While some veggies pack a greater punch when it comes to nutrients, we’ve curated a special list of our Our Top 12 Favorite Healthy Green Leafy Vegetables! Most of these are super popular while others are under utilized in many dishes. Lettuce Eat, Shall We?

Creamy Lemon + Herb Parmesan Chicken

In Need of Other Great Weeknight Meal Ideas?

This Vegan Curry Chickpea Mashed Potato Bowl is the perfect easy weeknight meal! Ready in no time, this flavorful dish comes with a creamy coconut + turmeric based curry, chickpeas, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, carrots, onions, and spinach; all atop velvety vegan mozzarella and butter mashed potatoes. A killer combo, indeed!

This Savory Lemon Garlic Shrimp Pasta recipe is a real special dish. Packed with bold, savory flavors (especially from the Sweeet Heat seasoning)–this recipe is a sure crowd pleaser and is finger-licking goodness on a plate. Absolutely creamy, easy to make, and a best kept secret star!

This Buffalo Cauliflower Kale Grilled Pizza is absolutely the most perfect family-friendly recipe for the summer! It comes topped with buffalo sauce, mozzarella cheese, kale, and buffalo cauliflower bites and comes based with a crispy, fluffy gluten-free GRILLED crust. Yes, I said Grilled! It’s just that simple, yet it’s bursting with savoriness and flavor. The best weeknight meal and vegetarian option for everyone. Vegan option available.

This Cranberry Rosemary Balsamic Roasted Chicken + Veggies recipe is the perfect one pan dish for the entire family. Made with a delicious Rosemary Balsamic marinade and topped with a homemade cranberry sauce, this recipe is a nice balance of tart and sweetness meets savory flavors. Whether you’re in need of a healthy dish for your Holiday table or an easy weeknight meal, this takes the cake! Beyond easy to make!

Creamy Lemon + Herb Parmesan Chicken

WHAT YOU’LL LOVE MOST ABOUT THIS RECIPE!

It’s SUPER EASY to make.

Only one pan required!

Bold flavors—Tangy + Savory go so well together!

Fully loaded!!!

Easy weeknight meal option.

And just absolutely wholesome and perfect for any kind of weather.

Creamy Lemon + Herb Parmesan Chicken

Let’s dig right into this recipe, shall we?

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

Start by rinsing your chicken breasts and lightly seasoning them with sea salt + black pepper. Set aside.

Over medium-high heat, melt 2 Tbsps of unsalted butter in a skillet.

Once heated, add your chicken breasts and sear on both sides until golden brown, about 2-3 minutes per side. Remove chicken breasts from skillet and set aside onto a plate for them to “rest” a bit.

In the same skillet, melt the remaining 1 Tbsp of butter and add minced garlic sauté frequently about 1 minute until translucent and fragrant. **NOTE: It’s OK if there are little bits in your skillet from frying the chicken. That adds nice flavor. **

Stir in the chicken stock, heavy cream, white wine vinegar, lemon juice and tuscan seasonings and bring sauce to a boil, whisking constantly before reducing heat and letting the sauce “reduce” and thicken, about 5-7 minutes.

Add in the tuscan seasonings and stir together until well combined. Add the grated Parmesan cheese and continue to simmer for another 2-3 minutes.

Add the kale and cook within the sauce until it has wilted. Next, return the chicken breasts back to the skillet and spoon some of the sauce from the side on top of the chicken a few times.

Finally, place the skillet (oven-friendly of course!) in the oven and bake for about 20 minutes until chicken looks fully cooked through.

Once done, remove your chicken from the oven and serve immediately with your favorite sides such as rice, potatoes (baked or mashed), veggies, etc.

Bon Appetite! 

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Creamy Lemon + Herb Parmesan Chicken

Creamy Lemon + Herb Parmesan Chicken

Creamy Lemon + Herb Parmesan Chicken

Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 30 mins
Total Time: 45 mins
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Ingredients

  • 2-4 medium boneless organic chicken breasts
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 3-4 Tbsps unsalted butter (I use Land O'Lakes)
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup organic chicken stock, low-sodium (I use Pacific Foods)
  • 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream (I use Organic Valley)
  • 1/2 cup grated organic Parmesan cheese + more if desired
  • 2 tsps white wine vinegar
  • 1 cup organic kale, chopped
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice (That's about 1 medium lemon!)

TUSCAN SEASONINGS:

  • 1 tsp dried thyme (I use McCormick Spice)
  • 1 Tbsp smoked paprika (I use McCormick Spice)
  • 2 tsps dried parsley (I use McCormick Spice)
  • 2 tsps dried basil (I use McCormick Spice)
  • 2 tsps oregano (I use McCormick Spice)
  • 1 tsp garlic powder (I use McCormick Spice)
  • pinch of sea salt + black pepper

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Start by rinsing your chicken breasts and lightly seasoning them with sea salt + black pepper. Set aside.
  • Over medium-high heat, melt 2 Tbsps of unsalted butter in a skillet.
  • Once heated, add your chicken breasts and sear on both sides until golden brown, about 2-3 minutes per side. Remove chicken breasts from skillet and set aside onto a plate for them to "rest" a bit.
  • In the same skillet, melt the remaining 1 Tbsp of butter and add minced garlic sauté frequently about 1 minute until translucent and fragrant. **NOTE: It's OK if there are little bits in your skillet from frying the chicken. That adds nice flavor. **
  • Add in the tuscan seasonings and stir together until well combined. Add the grated Parmesan cheese and continue to simmer for another 2-3 minutes.
  • Add the kale and cook within the sauce until it has wilted. Next, return the chicken breasts back to the skillet and spoon some of the sauce from the side on top of the chicken a few times. 
  • Finally, place the skillet (oven-friendly of course!) in the oven and bake for about 20 minutes until chicken looks fully cooked through.
  • Once done, remove your chicken from the oven and serve immediately with your favorite sides such as rice, potatoes (baked or mashed), veggies, etc.
  • Bon Appetit!

Tips & Tricks

STORAGE: Place any leftovers in a tightly sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.
KALE: If preferred, you can always substitute Kale with Spinach or Collard Greens.

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  1. I notice in the list of sliced smoked paprika is in there twice. Can you clarify the second amount of smoked paprika. Thanks

    • Hi Barbara! My apologies! The second smoked paprika should be “oregano” instead. Corrected! Thanks so much for pointing that out! 🙂