One Skillet Chicken with lemon Garlic Cream Sauce

Say hello to one of your favorite fried chicken dinner with creamy lemon butter sauce! I use thin chicken breasts, but this recipe can also be taken with boneless chicken thighs!

This time, my service was very simple. Just a little steamed broccoli and a side salad. You can always add a little rice for the season. The pasta always goes perfectly with the creamy lemon and garlic sauce.

A bowl of fried chicken for dinner and overcome the kitchen fear. Just a regular old Wednesday near here!

One Skillet Chicken with lemon Garlic Cream Sauce

One Skillet Chicken with lemon Garlic Cream Sauce

  • Author: Pinerday
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 30 mins
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


Say hello to your new favorite one skillet chicken dinner that’s topped with a lemon garlic butter cream sauce! I used thin chicken breasts but this recipe would be delicious with boneless chicken thighs too!



  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley or basil
  • 2 tablespoons salted butter
  • salt and pepper
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • ⅓ cup finely diced shallots (or red onions)
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts (or thighs)
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes (or more to taste)


  1. Using a mallet, pound down the chicken breasts/thighs into ½ inch thickness. Sprinkle a pinch of salt and pepper on both sides of the chicken.
  2. In a 2 cup measuring cup or a small bowl, combine the chicken broth, lemon juice, garlic, and red pepper flakes.
  3. Position a rack in the lower third of the oven and preheat the oven to 375ºF.
  4. Heat the olive oil in a large oven-safe skillet over medium high heat. Add the chicken and allow to brown on both sides for 2-3 minutes per side. Don’t worry if the chicken isn’t cooked completely, we’ll finish it in the oven. Remove the chicken to a plate.
  5. Reduce the flame to medium, add the shallots to the skillet along with the chicken broth mixture.
  6. Using a whisk, scrape the bottom of the pan so all the brown bits are loosened. Kick the heat back up to medium high and let sauce come to a simmer. Continue to cook the sauce for 10-15 minutes
  8. When the sauce has thickened, remove from the flame, add the butter and whisk until it melts completely. With the skillet off the flame, add the heavy cream, whisk to combine. Place the skillet back over the flame for just 30 seconds, DO NOT allow the sauce to boil. Remove from heat, add the chicken back into the pan and drizzle the sauce over the chicken. Place the skillet in the oven for 5-8 minutes or until the chicken is completely cooked through. Top with chopped parsley or basil and serve warm with additional lemon slices.


  • Use boneless skinless chicken breasts/thighs that about the same thickness. I pounded mine down to about ½ inch.
  • After a few comments from readers, I’ve adjusted the amount of time it takes to reduce the sauce (step #5). Keep in mind, the key is to reduce it to ⅓ cup and that I can only provide an estimate. It may take you more or less time than what is actually listed.
  • Category: Dinner
  • Cuisine: American


  • Calories: 302 kcal
  • Sugar: 1.6g
  • Sodium: 88.6mg
  • Fat: 16.1g
  • Saturated Fat: 6.8g
  • Carbohydrates: 4.6g
  • Fiber: 0.6g
  • Protein: 33.9g
  • Cholesterol: 129mg

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