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Easy Lemon Chicken

This simple baked chicken recipe is fail-proof. For a tender and juicy chicken breast that you can use in other recipes or enjoy as-is, this will be your new favorite.

Servings: 4

Serving Size: 85g

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Nutrition Facts: 145 calories / 1.5g carbs / 25g protein / 4.5g fat

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  • 1 pound (454g) skinless, boneless chicken breasts

  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice

  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon zest

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 5 sprigs fresh thyme (stems removed)

Optional garnishes: additional fresh thyme sprigs, lemon slices 


  1. Pound chicken to ½-inch thickness and cut into four pieces that are equal in size. Transfer to a gallon-size zip-top bag.

  2. To a jar, add the lemon juice, lemon zest, olive oil, salt, thyme,  and shake well. Pour over the chicken and seal the bag. Shake/move chicken around to fully coat with the marinade. Place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. 

  3. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Grease a baking dish with cooking spray.

  4. Place the chicken breasts with the marinade in the dish and bake for 18-20 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F. 


  • This is a great meal prep recipe. Allow any leftovers to cool completely, then store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. 

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