Baked Lemon Pepper Chicken

updated Jun 24, 2024
Baked Lemon Pepper Chicken Recipe

A simple 5-ingredient recipe for baked chicken with lemon pepper seasoning.

Serves4

Prep10 minutes

Cook25 minutes to 35 minutes

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Credit: Ghazalle Badiozamani; Food Styling: Jesse Szewczyk

In need of a new winning chicken dinner? This is it! You just need five ingredients to bring this buttery, lemon-kissed chicken to the table. Serve it alongside crispy skillet-fried potatoes and roasted broccoli for an easy weeknight dinner. It’s sure to become a new family favorite that everyone will love! Here’s how to make it.

Key Ingredients in Baked Lemon Pepper Chicken

  • Chicken: Use boneless, skinless chicken breasts.
  • Lemon pepper seasoning: Make sure to use salt-free lemon pepper seasoning blend so that you can control the amount of salt in the dish.
  • Butter: You’ll need 3 tablespoons of unsalted butter, plus more for coating the pan.
  • Lemon: Thinly sliced lemon is baked with the chicken for some brightness.
  • Fresh parsley: Garnish the chicken with chopped parsley before serving.

How to Make Baked Lemon Pepper Chicken

  1. Preheat the oven and prepare the baking dish. Arrange a rack in the middle of the oven and preheat to 425°F. Lightly coat a 9×13-inch baking dish with butter.
  2. Make the lemon pepper butter. Melt the butter in a small saucepan over medium-low heat or in a small bowl in the microwave. Add the salt-free lemon pepper seasoning and kosher salt, then stir until combined.
  3. Brush the chicken with lemon pepper butter. Place the chicken in the prepared baking dish and brush with all of the lemon pepper butter mixture.
  4. Bake. Thinly slice 1 lemon and scatter the slices around the chicken. Bake until the chicken is golden-brown and registers 165°F on an instant-read thermometer, 25 to 35 minutes. Garnish with chopped parsley.
Credit: Ghazalle Badiozamani; Food Styling: Jesse Szewczyk

What to Serve with Baked Lemon Pepper Chicken

More Ways to Use Lemon Pepper Seasoning

I’m pretty particular when it comes to the spices I add to my already-stuffed drawer. If I can’t think of at least five uses for it, I won’t buy it. Lemon pepper seasoning, a zesty combo of dried lemon peel, onion, garlic, and plenty of ground black peppercorns, passes that test with flying colors. Here are just a few of the things you can do with it.

Baked Lemon Pepper Chicken Recipe

A simple 5-ingredient recipe for baked chicken with lemon pepper seasoning.

Prep time 10 minutes

Cook time 25 minutes to 35 minutes

Serves 4

Nutritional Info

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons

    unsalted butter, plus more for coating the pan

  • 1 tablespoon

    salt-free lemon pepper seasoning blend

  • 1 teaspoon

    kosher salt

  • 4

    boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 2 pounds total)

  • 1

    small lemon

  • 2 tablespoons

    coarsely chopped fresh parsley leaves

Instructions

  1. Arrange a rack in the middle of the oven and heat the oven to 425°F. Lightly coat a 9x13-inch baking dish with butter.

  2. Melt 3 tablespoons unsalted butter in a small saucepan over medium-low heat or in a small bowl in the microwave. Add 1 tablespoon salt-free lemon pepper seasoning and 1 teaspoon kosher salt and stir until combined.

  3. Pat 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts dry with paper towels. Place the chicken in the prepared baking dish, spaced slightly apart. Brush the chicken all over with all of the butter mixture.

  4. Thinly slice 1 lemon and scatter the slices around the chicken. Bake until the chicken is golden-brown, cooked through, and registers 165°F on an instant-read thermometer, 25 to 35 minutes. Meanwhile, coarsely chop enough parsley leaves to get 2 tablespoons. Serve the chicken garnished with the parsley.

Recipe Notes

Storage: Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.