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easy lemon chicken

(4 ratings)
Blue Ribbon Recipe by
Cathy Miller
Davison, MI

If you like lemon then you will like this recipe. I ran out of lemon juice one day so I substituted ginger ale and it turned out amazing! Shhh, don't tell anyone. Not too tart, nor too sweet.

Blue Ribbon Recipe

For how easy this lemon chicken is to prepare, it's super delicious. Tangy, savory, and sweet all at the same time, the chicken is juicy and tender. Serve with rice for an easy and flavorful weeknight meal. If you love lemon, give this a try.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
(4 ratings)
yield 4 serving(s)
prep time 30 Min
cook time 1 Hr
method Stove Top

Ingredients For easy lemon chicken

  • 1
    chicken cut-up or your favorite parts
  • 1 can
    ginger ale
  • 3/4 c
    lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp
    lemon pepper
  • olive oil, extra virgin
  • salt, to taste
  • 1
    lemon, sliced

How To Make easy lemon chicken

  • Chicken washed, dried, and salted.
    Wash chicken and pat dry. Salt chicken on both sides.
  • Chicken in a resealable bag with lemon pepper and lemon juice to marinate.
    In a Ziploc bag place all the chicken. Sprinkle with enough lemon pepper to coat chicken and add 1/4 cup lemon juice. Seal bag and let lemon juice coat chicken. Let set at least 1 hr. in the refrigerator.
  • Browning both sides of chicken in a skillet.
    Use a large skillet with a lid. Place olive oil in the pan enough to coat the bottom pan. Make sure the pan is hot. Remove chicken from Ziploc bag and brown chicken on both sides.
  • Lemon juice, ginger ale, and lemon slices added to the skillet.
    In the same pan, add the remaining lemon juice and ginger ale. Add lemon slices.
  • Cover placed on skillet while everything cooks.
    Cover. Reduce heat and simmer for approximately 45 min.
  • Adding sugar to the sauce.
    Remove chicken from pan set aside. Taste juices in the pan. iI it is too bitter, add 1 Tbsp sugar. Mix well.
  • Reduced sauce in a skillet.
    Let juices reduce to a sauce. The sauce should coat the back of a spoon nicely. Serve sauce over chicken. I make extra sauce and serve my chicken on a bed of rice.