Quick Sautéed Lemon and Garlic Chicken

Chicken tapasLooking for a boneless skinless chicken recipe that actually tastes good and doesn’t require a dozen ingredients? Well, I have the perfect recipe. I have been making this chicken for years. It is probably the most flavorful recipe I have come across using  boneless, skinless, chicken breasts. Inspired by a Spanish tapas recipe, this sautéed lemon garlic chicken is quick, easy to make and very tasty. And it has all those good-for-you Mediterranean ingredients: olive oil, lemon and garlic.

I’m not a big fan of boneless, skinless and I usually will roast a whole chicken or make Greek style chicken stew in tomato sauce using drumsticks and other whole pieces (with skin and bone), but I make the exception for this recipe. It is so good and the secret is the intensity of the lemon and the garlic. Although this is more of an appetizer, a meze or tapas, I often make it as a main course accompanying it with a salad or mixing it with pasta. The kids love it. There is no “raw chicken” smell or texture and the chicken is very moist and juicy.

Quick Sautéed Lemon and Garlic Chicken

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 17 minutes
Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Servings: 2 -3 as a main, 3-6 as an appetzer
Author: Elena Paravantes
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  • 3 large skinless boneless chicken breasts
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • Rind or zest of 2 lemons
  • Lemon juice of two lemons
  • A handful of chopped fresh parsley
  • Salt/pepper


  • Cut the chicken in very thin slices crosswise (widthwise)
  • In a pan, large enough to fit the chicken heat the olive oil and sauté the garlic for about 30 seconds.
  • Add the chicken and sauté for about 10 minutes until it starts to brown on the edges.
  • Add the lemon juice and half of the lemon zest, and bring to a boil, while deglazing the pan with a wooden spatula, scraping all the pieces stuck on the pan.
  • Remove from heat, add the parsley and blend.
  • Sprinkle with the rest of the zest, salt and pepper. Serve with lemon wedges.
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Recipe Rating


  1. So easy and simple. I would have to hold back from eating it when serving if for dinner to my children

  2. Tamara Harris says:

    Every dish I have tried from the cookbook is fantastic! My husband lost the weight he needed from the delicious recipes! There’s no disappointment in any of the recipes!5 stars

  3. Catherine says:

    Perfect! This recipe is so good!

  4. How can you avoid the garlic from turning blue due to the lemon interaction?

  5. Carla White says:

    One of my favorites (p. 124 in the cookbook). SO easy, SO tasty. My 8-year-old nephew devoured it enthusiastically, too. : )5 stars

    1. Tricia Budd says:

      This was absolutely amazing!!!
      It was so delicious, moist and so easy to make. I would recommend this to EVERYONE!!!
      I also put some chicken aside for my Kitty’s, sauteed it in olive oil alone, they LOVED it!!! WOW!!! I want more…5 stars