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Lemon and Rosemary Chicken

This baked rosemary chicken with a tangy lemon sauce is my husband's favorite, and my sister always wants it for her birthday dinner. —Laurel Dalzell, Manteca, California
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (4 ounces each)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 teaspoons canola oil
  • 1 shallot, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh rosemary or 1 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
  • 1/2 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
  • 4-1/2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup cold butter


  • Preheat oven to 400°. Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper. In a large cast-iron or other heavy skillet, heat oil over medium heat; brown chicken on both sides. Transfer to a 15x10x1-in. baking pan; reserve drippings. Bake chicken, uncovered, until a thermometer reads 165°, 8-10 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, in same skillet, cook and stir shallot and rosemary in drippings until tender. Stir in broth. Bring to a boil; cook until liquid is reduced by half. Reduce heat to low; stir in lemon zest and juice. Whisk in butter, 1 tablespoon at a time, until creamy. Serve with chicken.
Nutrition Facts
1 chicken breast half with 1 tablespoon sauce: 252 calories, 16g fat (8g saturated fat), 93mg cholesterol, 355mg sodium, 2g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 24g protein.

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  • KandiLea
    Feb 17, 2021

    This recipe is simple and tasty. My husband really enjoyed the tang the lemon added to the dish. Will definitely make again.

  • Dawn
    Dec 18, 2020

    Definitely saving the recipe for the sauce. 4 boneless breasts totaling 1lb to cook that long AFTER browning? I had 3 that totaled 1 lb and they were way over cooked. I'll try again w/thicker breasts I think. Taste was great, though!

  • Joan
    Dec 4, 2020

    Was I suppose to add the juices from the baked chicken to the sauce?

  • oreo95
    Jul 2, 2020

    Delicious!!! Made the recipe with 2 large chicken breast, which I butterfly cut. Such a simple recipe, packed with great flavor, chicken so moist. Definitely a keeper and would certainly serve to company. Thank you Laurel

  • Realynn
    May 28, 2018

    So yummy! Finally a chicken recipe that is different. I added one small clove of garlic and put the chicken and sauce over linguine, delicious! Something you would pay good money for at Olive Garden. The combo of the sauce is perfect!

  • Chelsea
    Feb 11, 2018

    This is seriously one of my new FAVORITE meals! It is DELICIOUS! I’ll be making this at least once a week now. I recommend using course kosher salt to season and don’t be afraid to season the chicken with it. Also, I highly recommend using Kerry Gold butter or any other grass-fed butter, it adds a ton of extra creaminess. I made Brussel sprouts to go with the chicken and it was so so good! My husband and kids loved this too...Big deal in our family!

  • ryanswife
    Feb 1, 2018

    Very easy and very good. I don't keep shallots on hand, so I used a smaller onion which turned out to work well.

  • PageRD
    Sep 29, 2017

    So simple and tasty! I get so tired of the same old chicken dishes but this one was delicious. I was also afraid of the amount of rosemary but it was fine. Sometimes lemon gets lost but the flavor shone through in this sauce. I used the thin sliced chicken breasts and the 8 minutes was almost too long.

  • cast_iron_king
    Sep 20, 2017

    Delicious! I like Rosemary in moderation, so I was a little afraid the amount called for would be overwhelming, but the butter really tempered it nicely. Like other reviewers, I did use larger breasts, so it took twice as long in the oven, but it was well worth it! A definite hit on the dinner table!

  • Lstrange
    Oct 13, 2016

    Quite tasty. I did use the smaller 4 oz portion of chicken breast. One reviewer had to cook them longer. I used larger pieces of meat another time, and needed to cook them longer too, but that's what I'd expect with thicker, bigger cuts. The meat thermometer takes ALL the guesswork out.