Weeknight Lemon Chicken Skillet Dinner



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This one-pan chicken dinner doesn’t get much easier, or more satisfying. In just half an hour, you can have a complete meal on the table that doesn’t require loads of dishes afterwards. We call for tender haricots verts because they’re quick cooking; traditional green beans likely won’t be tender enough after the brief cooking time at the end. If that’s all you have on hand, steam them first, and then add them to the pan for the final step. Serve this hearty chicken and potatoes dinner with a simple side salad to sneak in another serving of veggies.

Photo: Justin Walker


  • 12 ounces baby red potatoes, halved

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, divided

  • 4 (6 ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, pounded to 3/4-inch thickness

  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt, divided

  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided

  • 2 thyme sprigs

  • 4 ounces cremini mushrooms, quartered

  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme

  • ¼ cup whole milk

  • 5 teaspoons all-purpose flour

  • 1 ¾ cups unsalted chicken stock

  • 8 very thin lemon slices

  • 1 (8-counce) package trimmed haricots verts (French green beans)

  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley


  1. Preheat oven to 450°F.

  2. Place potatoes in a medium saucepan; cover with water. Bring to a boil, and simmer 12 minutes or until tender. Drain.

  3. Heat a large ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1 teaspoon oil to pan. Sprinkle chicken with 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Add chicken and thyme sprigs to pan; cook 5 minutes or until chicken is browned. Turn chicken over. Place pan in oven; bake at 450°F for 10 minutes or until chicken is done. Remove chicken from pan.

  4. Return pan to medium-high heat. Add remaining 2 teaspoons oil. Add potatoes, cut sides down; mushrooms; and 1 tablespoon thyme; cook 3 minutes or until browned, stirring once. Combine milk and flour in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk. Add remaining salt, remaining pepper, flour mixture, stock, lemon, and beans to pan; simmer 1 minute or until slightly thickened. Add chicken; cover, reduce heat, and simmer 3 minutes or until beans are crisp-tender. Sprinkle with parsley.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

342 Calories
9g Fat
23g Carbs
43g Protein

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Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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