This lip-smackin’ good Baked Breaded Lemon Chicken has a bright, lemony flavor and a crispy breadcrumb coating, giving you a super-easy weeknight meal that will have your family clamoring for more!
Frying? No way. Breaded and baked is where it’s at for me. Not only is it healthier, but it is less messy! I dislike working with grease, especially cleaning up spatters. Blech! Plus, the flavor of this lemon chicken best shines through without the added oil.
Prepared bread crumbs make breading anything SO easy, there really isn’t a reason not to do it! From plain bread crumbs to seasoned bread crumbs to Panko bread crumbs, there are so many different things you can do with them.
For a quick and easy main course, without a lot of fussing, you can’t beat this recipe. You don’t even need to crack open any eggs. Just get some butter and lemon juice, and a few spices, and you are good to go.
You can definitely dial the lemon flavor up or down. The first few times I made this, I was very conservative with the lemon juice, but my family wanted more of that yummy lemony flavor. It is supposed to be lemon chicken, after all!
So I dialed it up a bit and ended up with the recipe I have here. But you can play with it and see what your family prefers. Just make sure you write it down so you don’t forget for the next time! 😉
I don’t always have fresh lemons on hand, so most of the time I just use refrigerated lemon juice from concentrate, and it works just fine. If you have fresh lemons, however, go ahead and use them, because they definitely give you the best lemon flavor for lemon chicken.
If you are looking more for a meat-and-potatoes meal, however, take a look at my Chicken Potato Bake. That is a classic that the whole family loves. Or you can check out this Super Easy Chicken Pot Pie. My kids RUN to the kitchen table when they know we are having that for supper!
Baked Breaded Lemon Chicken
This lip-smackin' good chicken has a bright, lemony flavor and a crispy breadcrumb coating, giving you a super-easy weeknight meal that will have your family clamoring for more!
- 3 tablespoons butter, melted
- 3 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1 cup seasoned bread crumbs
- 1.5 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 9x13 baking dish with non-stick spray.
In a shallow dish, combine the butter, lemon juice, garlic salt, and pepper. Place the bread crumbs in another dish.
Dip the chicken in the lemon-butter, then coat with the crumbs.
Place each piece of chicken in the baking dish. Drizzle with any remaining lemon-butter.
Bake uncovered for 25-30 minutes, or until the chicken is done.
Need a side dish? We love these Easy Roasted Brussels Sprouts. But, if you don’t have oven space to roast your veggie while your chicken is cooking, you can try this Broccoli with Red Pepper Garlic Butter Sauce, or even this Sauteed Zucchini with Walnuts dish.
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