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Creamy Lemon + Herb Parmesan Chicken

February 16, 2018
The Tuscan flavors in this Creamy Lemon + Herb Parmesan Chicken are rich and flavorful with lemon, white wine, heavy cream, and healthy kale.

Creamy Lemon + Herb Parmesan Chicken

Relish in the flavors of Tuscany with my Creamy Lemon + Herb Parmesan Chicken! Using homemade Tuscan seasoning, heavy cream, and kale, this decadent chicken dish comes together in a flash, making it perfect for a weeknight meal. Even the kids will love this creamy chicken!

Creamy Lemon + Herb Parmesan Chicken

Your new favorite dinner recipe is here! Everyone wants a meal that combines lean protein, a decadent sauce, and dark leafy greens. A dish like Creamy Lemon + Herb Parmesan Chicken provides enough richness to feel satisfied but enough healthy ingredients for nutrition benefits.

This is a one-pot meal, so cooking and clean-up are as easy as can be. Simply sear the seasoned chicken breasts in the skillet, then make the sauce. Finish the chicken inside the sauce so that it cooks all the way through and absorbs all of the wonderful Tuscan flavors. My creamy chicken is perfect served with mashed potatoes, rice, veggies, or your favorite side dish.

If you are vegetarian, this dish can easily be made with cauliflower steaks, tofu, or eggplant. I like to use chicken because it is a reliable, tasty protein source that is fairly inexpensive. Plus, chicken takes on any flavor that you pair it with. Once you make this Creamy Lemon + Herb Parmesan sauce once, you’ll pair it with everything!

Creamy Lemon + Herb Parmesan Chicken

Health Benefits of Creamy Lemon + Herb Parmesan Chicken

When it comes to cooking, I like to use the best, freshest ingredients possible. High-quality ingredients generally mean more health benefits, prettier colors, and better flavors. For example, buying pasture-raised chicken means that the chicken had a happy life on the farm. Free-roaming organic chickens tend to have a higher quality of life and taste better than factory-produced chickens. Pasture-raised chickens are also often cared for without growth hormones or antibiotics in their feed.

Chicken provides tons of lean protein. A diet high in protein can lead to a boosted immune system, metabolism, and digestive tract. Chicken is generally considered one of the healthiest animal protein sources.

In addition, kale provides omega-3 fatty acids to this dish. Omega-3s are healthy fats that our bodies thrive on but do not produce on their own. You can also find omega-3 fatty acids in spinach, collard greens, turnip greens, salmon, mackerel, and tuna.

In the end, be sure to look for the highest quality ingredients that you can find. It really makes a difference in the final dish.

Creamy Lemon + Herb Parmesan Chicken

Ingredients in My Favorite Chicken Dish

  • 2 large organic chicken breasts
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt + black pepper
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup organic low-sodium chicken stock
  • 3/4 cup organic heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons white cooking wine
  • 1/4 cup freshly-squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup organic kale
    For the Tuscan Seasoning:
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 2 teaspoons dried parsley
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil 
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • pinch of sea salt + black pepper

Creamy Lemon + Herb Parmesan Chicken

How to Make Creamy Lemon + Herb Parmesan Chicken

Clean and rinse the chicken breasts, season with salt + black pepper. Set aside.
Over medium-high heat, melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a large 12-inch skillet.
Once heated, add the 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 2 tablespoons of butter and add minced garlic sauté frequently for about 1-2 minutes until translucent and fragrant.
NOTE: It’s OK if there are little bits in your skillet from frying the chicken. That adds a nice flavor.
Add in the Tuscan seasonings and whisk together until well combined. Add in the heavy cream, white cooking wine, and chicken stock, whisking until combined and it begins to bubble, about 1-2 minutes.
Add in 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, reducing the heat to low and cooking (on a simmer) until the chicken is cooked through and the sauce has thickened a bit, about 15-20 minutes or so.
Once done, remove everything from heat and serve immediately with your favorite sides such as rice, potatoes (baked or mashed), veggies, etc.
Bon Appetit!

Creamy Lemon + Herb Parmesan Chicken

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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
Serves: 2 servings
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Ingredients

  • 2 large organic chicken breasts (about 1 lb. each)
  • 1 tsp sea salt + black pepper
  • 4 Tbsps unsalted butter
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup organic chicken stock, low-sodium
  • 3/4 cup organic heavy whipping cream
  • 2 Tbsps white cooking wine
  • 1/4 cup freshly-squeezed lemon juice (That's about 1 medium lemon!)
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese + more if desired
  • 1 cup organic kale, de-stemmed + roughly chopped

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 dried oregano (I use McCormick Spice)
  • 1 tsp garlic powder (I use McCormick Spice)
  • pinch of sea salt + black pepper

Instructions

  • Clean and rinse the chicken breasts, season with salt + black pepper. Set aside.
  • Over medium-high heat, melt 2 Tbsps butter in a large 12-inch skillet.
  • Once heated, add the 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 2 Tbsps of butter and add minced garlic sauté frequently about 1-2 minutes 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 whisk together until well combined. Add in the heavy cream, white cooking wine, and chicken stock, whisking until combined and it begins to bubble, about 1-2 minutes.
  • Add in 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, reducing the heat to low and cooking (on a simmer) until the chicken is cooked through and the sauce has thickened a bit, about 15-20 minutes or so.
  • Once done, remove everything from heat 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.
  • CHICKEN: If you don’t have chicken breasts, you can always use chicken thighs, drumsticks, etc.
  • SPICES/HERBS: If desired, you can reduce the amounts slightly. Please know that this recipe is bold in spice/herb flavor, so feel free to adjust based on your tastebuds.

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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! 🙂

  2. This looks delicious. I am trying to try new things this year in my cooking and this is one that I would love to try,

  3. Oh my this looks so delicious. It’s full with so many flavors as well. Hmmmm I cannot wait to try this one. Sharing this to my social media.

    • Thanks so much Anna! It definitely has a ton of flavors and is a sure crow pleaser! Thanks so much for sharing it around!

    • Thanks so much Dana darling! You know that I love seeing that I got your attention! Haha. Have a great weekend girl! Xxo

    • Thanks so much Alissa! It was so delicious, I’ll definitely be making it again! I do hope that you enjoy it once you make it!