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lemon chicken tenders in a pan with lemon slices

Lemon Butter Chicken Recipe

Lemon Butter Chicken is a flavorful dinner made with the most delicious lemon garlic butter sauce ever! An instant family favorite. You will love this easy chicken dinner!
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword butter lemon chicken, chicken tenderloin recipes, lemon butter chicken, lemon butter sauce for chicken
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 723kcal


  • Skillet


  • Creamy Lemon Butter Sauce full recipe
  • 4 Tbsp. olive oil divided
  • ½ cup flour
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 lbs. chicken tenders remove the tendon
  • parsley for garnish
  • Parmesan cheese to taste optional


  • Lay out your chicken tenderloins and hold steady with one hand. Cut the white tendon away from the tenderloin using a sharp knife.
    2 lbs. chicken tenders
    cutting the tendon away from tenderloins
  • Pour flour, garlic powder, salt, and pepper into a large zip-lock bag. Seal the bag and shake the seasoning well, until fully mixed.
    ½ cup flour, 1 tsp. garlic powder, salt and pepper to taste
    adding flour ingredients to bag
  • Open the bag and add your chicken tenders (make sure you’ve cut the tendon away). Seal the bag, then shake it again until all chicken tenders are fully coated.
    breaded chicken in a ziplock bag
  • Remove chicken from the bag to place on a plate until ready to use.
    Heat a skillet over medium-high heat with half of your reserved olive oil. Cook chicken tenders for about 7 to 10 minutes, flipping part of the way through so both sides are golden brown.
    Do this in two batches so you don’t over-crowd the pan, using your remaining oil for the second batch.
    4 Tbsp. olive oil
    chicken tenders cooking in pan
  • Once your chicken is cooked, prepare your Creamy Lemon Butter Sauce.
    Melt butter over medium heat with minced garlic.
    Cook for 3 minutes, then add lemon juice.
    Cook another 3 minutes, then add white wine.
    Stir, and simmer down for 3 minutes, before adding more butter and seasoning.
    Finally, slowly stir in the heavy cream and mix well.
    Creamy Lemon Butter Sauce
    completed lemon butter sauce in pan
  • Finally, add the chicken to the skillet with the lemon butter sauce. Stir it around in the pan to coat the chicken completely. Top with parsley and Parmesan (optional), serve, and enjoy!
    parsley for garnish, Parmesan cheese to taste
    lemon chicken in pan with sauce



  • Make sure to remove the tendon from your tenderloins! Don't skip this step.


Calories: 723kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 51g | Fat: 44g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Cholesterol: 213mg | Sodium: 432mg | Potassium: 976mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 841IU | Vitamin C: 18mg | Calcium: 45mg | Iron: 2mg