One thing I am working on when making dinner now – is making dinner only for 2! With my kids grown, I’m used to cooking for so many years for a family of 5 – it’s still an adjustment not to make a ton of food.I don’t want to eat leftovers for days and I don’t want to throw food out at the end of the week. This Lemon Chicken for Two is perfect portion control and just the right amount of food.
You can serve this over rice, you could definitely make egg noodles or mashed potatoes and add fresh green beans or asparagus for a quick and easy dinner.
Tips for lowering calories or Weight Watchers points when cooking!
If you google lemon chicken – you will find many recipes that – no joke – call for a stick of butter! I love butter – but one thing I ask myself – is if I can lessen any ingredient that’s higher in calories and get the same result? I say yes! One tablespoon of butter was perfect for this lemon sauce – and I saved a ton of calories!
Lemon Chicken for Two
- 2 4 oz. boneless skinless chicken breast pounded thin
- 1 tsp. dried oregano
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/2 tsp. pepper
- 1/4 cup chicken broth
- 3 tbsp lemon juice
- 3 cloves garlic
- 3 tbsp shredded parmesan cheese
- 1 tbsp butter
- If the chicken breasts I am using are thick, I'll add a piece of foil on top and using the back of a soup spoon, I'll pound it down to make it a little thinner.
- Season each side of the chicken with salt, pepper, and oregano. Add 1 tablespoon shredded parmesan cheese to each side of the chicken breast.
- Spray a medium sized skillet with cooking spray – turn on the heat to medium and heat the pan for 1 minute.
- Carefully add each chicken breast to the skillet. Cook for 4 minutes per side. (It's ok if it's not fully cooked yet – we'll add it to the lemon sauce to finish cooking).
- Remove the chicken from the pan. In the same skillet, add the 1 tablespoon of butter, and 3 cloves of garlic. Cook for 2 minutes, stirring often.
- Add the juice of half a lemon and the 1/4 cup chicken broth.
- Cook for 3-4 minutes. Add the chicken back into the skillet. Cook for 3 more minutes. Test to see if the chicken is done – should be 165 for doneness.
- Add the zest of one lemon on top.
- Serve this with rice, over egg noodles or mashed potatoes
Check out some of my other recipes!