Baked Lemon Pepper Chicken is an easy weeknight dinner that will satisfy the whole family. With loads of tart lemon flavor and spicy pepper, this chicken breast recipe is a quick and easy favorite.
Here’s another great baked chicken recipe to add to your recipe book! It’s a favorite in our home, and fits right in with our other favorite chicken recipes, like Honey Garlic Chicken and our super popular Baked Chicken Breasts.
Baked Lemon Pepper Chicken Breasts Recipe
Chicken breasts are a dinnertime go-to for many families, but plain chicken can become monotonous and nobody likes dry chicken. My Lemon Pepper Chicken is tender and juicy and full of tangy, spicy flavor. It’s delicious as an entree served with youe favorite sides or sliced up for salads or sandwiches.
How to Make Lemon Pepper Chicken
Try to select chicken breasts that are similar in size and thickness if you can. Otherwise you can use a meat mallet and lightly pound the chicken so that all of the pieces are about the same size. PRO TIP: Purchase fresh chicken breasts in bulk and separate them into recipe size packages. I look for breasts that are similar in size so I can freeze those together.
Marinate chicken breasts in lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, lemon pepper and other seasonings for at least 30 minutes or up to 2 hours. Any longer and the acid from the lemon juice could begin to break down the chicken and make it tough. If you must marinate overnight, omit the lemon juice and add it the the chicken at least 15 minutes before cooking.
Bake the chicken for 15-20 minutes at 400 degrees or until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees.
Rest, covered with foil, for 10 minutes before servings so the juices ave time to redistribute throughout the meat.
Can I make this recipe with different kinds of chicken?
This marinade is quite versatile and works well with chicken thighs, drumsticks or wings. The cook time will vary based on the type of chicken and whether or not it is boneless. The marinade time will be the same.
Can you grill this recipe instead of baking?
Absolutely! Lemon Pepper Chicken breasts on the grill are delicious! Marinate the chicken as directed, then heat your grill to medium-high (450-500 degrees) and grill chicken about 4 minutes per side or until it registers 165 degrees. Allow to rest, tented with foil, for 10 minutes before serving. Be sure to throw some Grilled Zucchini and Grilled Potatoes on as well!
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Kristin Maxwell is the creator and main recipe developer, writer, and photographer of Yellow Bliss Road. A self-taught cook and self-appointed foodie, she specializes in easy, flavorful and approachable recipes for any home cook.