Lemon Pepper Baked Chicken

4.63 from 8 votes

Chicken breasts are brushed with a homemade lemon pepper rub then baked until golden and crispy on the outside but tender and juicy on the inside.

cutting into baked chicken

Baked chicken will always bring me right back to my childhood. We probably ate it for dinner at least 3 nights a week served alongside cooked bulgur wheat and a Syrian salad. And it was perfection every single time.

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Now that I'm a mom myself, I love serving baked chicken to my boys who love juicy chicken with crispy skin. One of the many reasons baked chicken is such a wonderful dish is because it's extremely versatile. You can truly season your chicken with any spice blends you have on hand. In fact, one of my favorite ways to season baked chicken is with cinnamon.

Liz Zesting Lemon

Preparing the chicken

To make this lemon pepper baked chicken I start by zesting one lemon into a small bowl. Then, I add in the juice of that same lemon, garlic, olive oil, salt, and pepper.

Cooking Tip: Zest the lemon before you juice it! It's too hard to zest the lemon once you've squeezed it to death.

Liz Brushing Lemon on Chicken


Next, brush the lemon pepper mixture over both sides of each chicken breast. Be sure to season the chicken liberally because chicken is quite flavorless on its own.

Liz Basting Chicken

Baking

To bake, pop the chicken in a 375 degree oven for 45 minutes to an hour. If you think of it, baste the chicken with some of the juices about midway through the cook time. This will help you get crispy skin at the end.

Lemon Pepper Baked Chicken Breasts

Frequently asked questions:

Can I Use Chicken Thighs or Boneless Chicken Breasts?

Yes, you can but the cooking time will shift based on the type of chicken you decide to bake. The best way to know when the chicken is done is to use a meat thermometer.

How to tell when the chicken is ready

Chicken is done when it reaches an internal cooking temperature of 160 degrees.

Liz Eating Baked Chicken

The end result? Tender, juicy chicken with crispy skin on the outside and flavorful chicken meat on the inside.

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If you have leftover they are delicious the next day on a salad or in a sandwich. You can also shred the meat to use in soups, stews or pasta.

Lemon Pepper Chicken Recipe

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📖 Recipe

Lemon Pepper Baked Chicken Breasts

Lemon Pepper Baked Chicken

4.63 from 8 votes
Chicken breasts are brushed with a homemade lemon pepper rub then baked until golden and crispy on the outside but tender and juicy on the inside.
PREP: 10 mins
COOK: 1 hr
TOTAL: 1 hr 10 mins
REVIEW PRINT
Servings: 4

Ingredients
 

  • 4 bone-in, split chicken breasts (skin-on)
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 lemon juice and zest of
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper

Instructions
 

  • Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees and line a baking sheet with foil. Place chicken breasts on a baking sheet and pat dry with a paper towel.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together all remaining ingredients (oil through pepper) and brush evenly on both sides of each chicken breast.
    Liz Brushing Lemon on Chicken
  • Bake until juices run clear, 45-60 minutes.

Notes

Cooking Tip: Zest the lemon before you juice it! It's too hard to zest the lemon once you've squeezed it to death.

Nutrition

Serving: 1breastCalories: 456kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 47gFat: 28gSaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 145mgSodium: 1887mgPotassium: 510mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 188IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 32mgIron: 2mg
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4 thoughts on “Lemon Pepper Baked Chicken”

  1. Never thought that chicken can be that tasty, soft and delicious! You're a wizard, haha! I greatly appreciate such detailed recipes too because I'm definitely way worse cook than everyone else in here and only starting to get a decent grip on more complex things so it helps a ton, thank you! I have to admit that I went a little too far with the lemon juice and it made it a little weird and a bit more sour than I'd like but still - I didn't even notice how quick it all disappeared when our we starting our dinner with colleagues, had a celebrating party for our 3 years together and I'm set to cook for the 4th year and further as well with such recipes!

  2. Looks wonderful! Just wondering how you calculated the calories, as a chicken breast size can vary so much! Do you know the approximate weight of each breast? Thanks!

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