Healthy Lemon Garlic Chicken

I stumbled upon this recipe on Pinterest and wasn’t quite sure what to do with it since I don’t own a Dutch Oven and the fiancé and I can’t finish off a whole chicken. Because of the lemon and garlic goodness, I pinned it anyway. So tonight, I decided to give it a shot with a few modifications for 2 chicken breast rather than the full bird. View the original recipe here.

An excellent description from the original post: “This Pan Seared, then Roasted Lemon Garlic Chicken has all of the makings of a healthy dinner, but it is warm and cozy comforting all at the same time. Here’s to feel good food in the New Year that will actually make you feel good… and help you fit into your clothes. You’re welcome.”

Here’s my twist on the recipe, served for two. Still fresh, deliciously cozy, and healthy.


  • 2 chicken breast
  • 1/8 cup olive oil
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 lemon, juiced (use fresh lemon)
  • sea salt & cracked pepper


STEP 0: Mince fresh garlic then heat oven to 400 degrees fahrenheit.

Healthy Lemon Garlic Chicken

STEP 1: In a shallow glass baking dish (preferably one with a lid), stir together olive oil, garlic, and lemon juice.

Healthy Lemon Garlic Chicken

STEP 2: Generously season the chicken with salt and pepper (I used lemon pepper by accident… Seemed to only add to the recipe!). Place chicken in lemon garlic marinade, and toss to coat. (Marinade for 2 hours if possible)

Healthy Lemon Garlic Chicken

STEP 3: Heat a medium pan on the stovetop over high for 1 minute. Remove chicken from marinade, keeping the leftover marinade in the baking dish, and place each chicken breast in the hot pan. Sear each side for 2-3 minutes.

Healthy Lemon Garlic Chicken

STEP 4: Remove from heat. Add chicken back into the marinade in the baking dish. Place baking dish (lid on) with chicken in 400 degree oven for 25-30 minutes, depending on the size of the chicken breast.

Healthy Lemon Garlic Chicken


If you love lemon, a hint if garlic, and incredibly tender chicken… You’ll LOVE this meal. I was a bit skeptical about the amounts I chose, but the marinade ended up evening coating each breast and drained off nicely while roasting. I would absolutely make this recipe again. I might even try replacing the chicken with salmon next time!

Healthy Lemon Garlic Chicken

Suggested Sides:

I served this chicken with wild rice and buttery garlic green beans. It turned out to be a great meal. I was afraid of garlic overload, but the chicken doesn’t have a strong garlic flavor (more lemony), so the garlic green beans made a nice addition.

  • Buttery Garlic Green Beans (click for recipe)
  • grilled asparagus
  • wild rice
  • mashed potatoes

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