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Creamy Lemon + Herb Parmesan Chicken
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Creamy Lemon + Herb Parmesan Chicken

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.
Course Main Course
Keyword baked, chicken, classic, dinner, easy, food, healthy, herbs, homemade, indulge, kale, lemon, recipe, savory, skillet, summer, tuscan, weeknight meals
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Author Shanika | Orchids + Sweet Tea

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!

Notes

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.