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Flavorful, easy, bright lemon pepper chicken that you can make in the slow cooker or on the stove, plus 5 ways to serve it!
Today’s recipe is all about options! Options on how to cook it — hands-off and in the slow cooker or super quick and ready to serve from the stove — as well as lots of options of how to eat it. It’s such a tasty, healthy recipe, and this way, you can eat it every week and never get bored!
Some days I have my stuff together and I get my slow cooker out and load it up in the morning and we’re ready to rock for dinner. Other times, it’s almost dinner and I think, “Crap! I planned the meal, got all the ingredients and forgot to start the slow cooker!” Which is sad because the slow cooker version takes all of 5 minutes to prep. Anyway, that’s why this lemon pepper chicken has two ways to make it. In case you’re like me and you feel like your brain is leaking some days…
(Am I the only one who stands in the shower and wonders, did I already shampoo and condition my hair? Just shampoo? Neither yet? Hmm…)
Leaky brain or no, this is a simple, light and bright dinner that we love to eat year-round.
Here are my ideas of ways to serve this lemon pepper chicken deliciousness:
- Serve over brown rice (here’s how I cook it perfectly) or couscous to sop up all the juices. Just add a side of steamed broccoli or your favorite veggie.
- Serve alongside roasted potatoes (paprika roasted potatoes are especially tasty with this) and veggies. I like to drain most of the extra juices for this option.
- Serve the chicken in a wrap with lettuce and tomato. And my favorite addition to the mix when I eat it this way: my lightened-up 5 minute hummus. I like to use this option for the leftovers for lunch the next day.
- Or, toss with orzo or another pasta and any extra veggies for an all-in-one dinner or an easy light lunch.
- Use for a pulled chicken sandwich (mainly the shredded crock pot version for this). Everyone can top with their favorites: lettuce, tomatoes, even avocado. You can also use pesto or hummus as a spread on the bun – delicious! This is a great way to serve this to a crowd.
Try it out and let me know your favorite way to serve this! Enjoy!
Lemon pepper chicken (slow cooker and skillet versions)
Flavorful, easy, bright lemon-pepper chicken that you can make in the slow cooker or on the stove, plus 5 ways to serve it!
Slow cooker version
- 2 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- 1 1/2 tablespoons lemon-pepper seasoning
- 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 cup chicken broth
- 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, divided
- 1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut in 1/2 inch cubes
- 2 teaspoons lemon pepper seasoning
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/4 cup chicken broth
- juice and zest of 1/2 lemon
Slow cooker version:
- Season chicken breasts with garlic powder and lemon-pepper seasoning.
- Add to crock pot along with chicken broth and 1/4 cup lemon juice.
- Cook on high for 4 hours or on low for 6-7 hours.
- Remove chicken breasts, shred and add back to the slow cooker. Stir to combine and get everything well-coated in the sauce. Add additional 2 tablespoons lemon juice.
- Taste and add salt and black pepper, if desired.
- Season cubed chicken with lemon pepper seasoning and garlic powder.
- Heat olive oil in a large pan over medium heat.
- Add chicken and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Add chicken broth, cover the pan with a lid and cook until the chicken is cooked through, about 5 more minutes.
- Stir in the lemon juice and lemon zest and serve!
The slow cooker method makes a lot. If you freeze the extras, be sure to spoon some sauce into the bags - it keeps the chicken from drying out while frozen and while reheating.
See the post above for my serving ideas!
|Amount Per Serving||As Served|
|Calories 412kcal Calories from fat 99|
|% Daily Value|
|Total Fat 11g||17%|
|Saturated Fat 2g||10%|
|Dietary Fiber 0g||0%|
Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:
|Total Fat||Less than||65g|
|Sat Fat||Less than||25g|