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Lemon Thyme Chicken

Lemon Thyme Chicken is bursting with lemon and thyme flavor and worth the time it takes to make. If you love lemons then this is a must make recipe.

Lemon Thyme Chicken is one of my mom’s favorite recipes. She is a huge lemon lover and I like to make this for her when she comes to visit. I found this recipe in my Taste of Home Light and Tasty 2007 Annual Recipes Cookbook. 

Cost Per Serving $5.10 as of May 2022

If you have ZERO ingredients then this recipe will cost about $20.38.

If you have a fully stocked pantry this recipe will cost about $15.52.

  • Cost per serving is reduced to $3.88.

I am assuming you have salt and pepper and do not add it into the recipe total cost.

Stove Top

Recipe serves: 4

Serving size: 1 chicken breast and 3 tablespoons of sauce

Equipment needed: 1 deep skillet, lemon juicer, prep bowls & quarter sheet pan

Total time: 30 minutes

Let's grocery shop!

I am assuming you have salt and pepper. It is not included in pantry and spices. If you have a fully stocked pantry there will be a savings of about $9.85.

Pantry & Spices

Total: $9.85 as of May 2022

  • 1 pound butter $3.58
  • flour 5 ibs $1.56
  • olive oil $2.77
  • dried thyme $1.94


Total: $10.53 as of May 2022

  • 1 - pound boneless chicken breasts $6.93
  • 1 - onion $0.62
  • 1 - can chicken broth $0.67
  • 2 - lemons $1.32
  • 1 - bunch fresh parsley $0.99

Let's prep!

Let's cook!

  1. Complete prep from the prep tab above.
  2. In a non-stick skillet with 3 teaspoons of olive oil over medium heat sauté chicken for 4-8 minutes (depending on thickness) on each side until the center reaches 165° F. Remove from pan and keep warm.
    • I like to place on a plate and cover with tin foil.
  3. In the same pan melt 1 tablespoon of butter then sauté onion until soft. 
  4. Add the flour and thyme to the pan and cook for 1-2 minutes until the flour is no longer white. 
  5. Slowly add chicken broth and lemon juice then stir with a wooden spoon bringing to a boil. 
  6. Cook 2-4 minutes until thickened. Serve the sauce over chicken adding a dash of parsley.

This recipe can also be found in Weekly Dinners for 2 under $45 – Menu 5

Side Options

Vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, carrots, etc.

Starches such as potatoes, pasta, rice

Side Salad

Garlic Parmesan Bread

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