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Lemon Garlic Chicken Bites

Lemon Garlic Chicken Skillet Recipe


  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, pat dry with paper towel, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon dried basil
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • ½ medium lemon, juiced (about 2 tablespoons)


  1. In a small bowl, combine oregano, basil, parsley, salt, and pepper. Sprinkle evenly over all sides of the chicken pieces. Toss to evenly coat.
  2. In a 12-inch skillet over medium heat, melt 2 tablespoons of the butter. Tilt the pan slightly to coat the base of the pan.
  3. Once melted, add chicken to the pan in an even layer to ensure even cooking. (Do not overcrowd the pan.) Cook 8-10 minutes, flipping halfway through, or until all sides are golden brown and the chicken is mostly cooked through.
  4. Add the remaining butter. Once melted, add garlic and cook one more minute, or until fragrant, and the chicken is cooked through to an internal temperature of 165°F.
  5. Drizzle lemon juice over chicken and stir to combine. Serve immediately.


Q: Can I use dried parsley instead of fresh?
A: Yes, you can substitute dried parsley for fresh parsley in this recipe. Use 1 tablespoon of dried parsley instead of 2 tablespoons of fresh.

Q: Can I use chicken thighs instead of chicken breasts?
A: Absolutely! Chicken thighs will work well in this recipe. Just adjust the cooking time accordingly to ensure they are fully cooked through.

Q: Can I make this recipe ahead of time?
A: While this dish is best served immediately to enjoy the fresh flavors, you can prepare the seasoning mixture and chop the chicken in advance to save time. Then, simply cook everything together when ready to serve.

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  1. Even Cooking: Ensure the chicken is arranged in an even layer in the skillet to promote even cooking and browning on all sides.
  2. Fresh Ingredients: For the best flavor, use fresh herbs whenever possible. However, dried herbs can be substituted if needed.
  3. Garlic Infusion: Cooking the minced garlic in butter releases its aromatic flavors and adds depth to the dish. Be careful not to burn the garlic, as it can turn bitter.
  4. Lemon Zest: For an extra burst of citrus flavor, add some lemon zest along with the lemon juice before serving.
  5. Serve with Sides: This lemon garlic chicken pairs well with a variety of sides such as rice, pasta, or roasted vegetables for a complete meal.

Enjoy making this delicious lemon garlic chicken skillet! For more tips and variations, feel free to ask in the comments below. 🍗🍋 #CookingTips #LemonGarlicChicken