You can have the best Baked Lemon Pepper Chicken with only four ingredients. This version has a crispy, crunchy exterior without frying. You’ll have a juicy, tender chicken breast packed with lemon pepper flavor that the whole family will love.

up close shot of sliced lemon pepper chicken on a cutting board with a fork, lemons, and parlsey

The Best Baked Lemon Pepper Chicken Breasts

This recipe for Lemon Pepper Chicken only has 4 ingredients, comes together super quick and easy, and has a crispy, crunchy crust.

It’s so easy that it doesn’t even quite feel like a “recipe” to me. It’s truly minimal effort with maximum flavor.

Most lemon pepper baked chicken recipes are a bare seasoned breast that is bland. This one gives you a marinated chicken breast with a crispy crunch while still being juicy and tender.

If you’re looking for the best Lawry’s Lemon Pepper Chicken recipe, this one is it!

overhead shot of ingredients used to make the recipe

Lemon Pepper Baked Chicken Breast Ingredients

Chicken breast – I usually grab the thinly sliced chicken breast. This saves me a step in pounding them out to an even thickness. They cook faster and usually give a really great ratio of meat to breading.

Lemon pepper marinade – I typically grab Lawry’s Lemon Pepper Marinade, but feel free to use your favorite brand.

Lemon pepper seasoning – I often use a salt free version like Mrs. Dash Lemon Pepper Seasoning to avoid the overall result being too salty. You can use whatever brand is your favorite or available in your local grocery store.

Panko breadcrumbs – This is what gives you that crispy crunch. I wouldn’t opt for plain breadcrumbs. You won’t get that same crunchy exterior that you’ll get with Panko. If you’re having trouble finding them, check both the breadcrumbs section (usually with the baking items) or the Asian food section.

Avocado oil spray (optional) – You could also use olive oil spray for this. Either one works great.

How to Make Baked Lemon Pepper Chicken

(full recipe instructions with measurements and printable card are at the end of this post)

  1. Trim the extra fat from your chicken breasts and pound to even thickness if needed.
  2. Place the chicken breasts in an airtight container or zip top bag.
  3. Add in the bottle of marinade.
  4. Marinade anywhere from 15 min to 24 hours. The longer they marinade, the stronger the flavor.
  5. When you’re ready to cook them, preheat the oven to 425°F.
  6. In a shallow dish (big enough to fit the breasts), add your panko breadcrumbs and lemon pepper seasoning. Mix to combine.
  7. Pull each breast from the marinade mixture (don’t rinse or shake off the marinade, it is the “glue” for the breading).
  8. Place the breast in the panko mix, covering it completely with breadcrumbs.
  9. Put breaded chicken breasts on a baking sheet lined with parchment or silicone baking mat (you could also use a casserole style dish).
  10. This is an optional step: spray the tops of the chicken breasts lightly with avocado oil to get them extra crispy!
  11. Bake in the oven until internal temp reaches 165°F. I use thin cut breasts and they are usually done around 25 minutes. Enjoy!
overhead shot of sliced lemon pepper chicken topped with parsley and lemon

Lemon Pepper Chicken Recipe FAQs

What does lemon juice do for chicken?

Lemon juice adds flavor and acidity to the chicken. It’s often assumed that lemon will “tenderize” chicken, but it actually does not.

Does lemon dry out chicken?

Lemon can dry out chicken over time. In the same way that lemon works in ceviche with fish, it will begin effecting the protein of the chicken. It will give a similar texture effect that overcooking does.

What can I use instead of lemon pepper seasoning?

If you’re unable to find lemon pepper seasoning and need to substitute it, I recommend using some freshly squeezed lemon juice, a few dashes of salt, and a couple teaspoons of black pepper.

What is lemon pepper made of?

Lemon pepper seasoning is a combination of dried lemon zest, salt, and pepper. Some variations also add in a small amount of garlic powder and onion powder to their mix.

What flavor is lemon pepper?

Lemon pepper is a primarily citrus flavor with a little peppery undertone.

How spicy is lemon pepper?

Lemon pepper isn’t very spicy. It has a brighter, citrus flavor with just a touch of black pepper.

Where does lemon pepper chicken come from?

Lemon pepper spice is thought to originate in India. It is commonly used in seafood and chicken.

Is lemon pepper seasoning acidic?

Lemon pepper seasoning is acidic due to the primary ingredient being dried lemon zest.

Can this be made ahead of time?

You could bake them to completion ahead of time and then freeze them.

Once the chicken breasts are completely cooked, place them on a baking sheet in the freezer to flash freeze.

Once frozen, transfer them into an airtight container in the freezer for up to 3 months.

How to store and reheat Lemon Pepper Oven Baked Chicken

Leftover lemon pepper chicken should be cooled completely before storing. Once it’s cooled, place it in an airtight container for up to 3 days in the refrigerator.

You can also freeze them. Flash freeze them on a baking sheet and then transfer them to an airtight container in the freezer for up to 3 months.

To reheat, you’ll want to use the oven or the air fryer to maintain the crispy exterior. Place them in a 350ºF oven for about 10-15 minutes until heated through or in an air fryer at 350ºF for about 7-8 minutes.

I don’t recommend reheating them in the microwave. You’ll lose that crispy exterior and they’ll likely overcook and become tough and dry.

up close shot of sliced lemon pepper chicken on a cutting board with a fork, lemons, and parlsey

What to serve with Lemon Pepper Chicken

The great thing about this crispy chicken is that it goes really great with a lot of different sides. Lemon pepper chicken sides are easy to choose!

While it makes a great main dish itself, it’s also really great served on top of Lemon Ricotta Pasta with a side of breadsticks.

I also love to serve it with Parmesan Orzo and Roasted Broccoli.

You can’t forget a staple side like mashed potatoes, gravy, and roasted green beans.

Don’t forget the dessert! You can keep the lemon flavor going with some lemon brownies.

overhead of sliced lemon pepper chicken with lemons and parsley

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Breaded Lemon Pepper Chicken in the Oven

By: sweetlysplendid.com
5 from 29 votes
Prep 15 minutes
Cook 25 minutes
Marinate Time 25 minutes
Total 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings: 4 people
You can have the best Baked Lemon Pepper Chicken with only four ingredients. This version has a crispy, crunchy exterior without frying. You'll have a juicy, tender chicken breast packed with lemon pepper flavor that the whole family will love.

Ingredients 

Instructions 

  • Trim the extra fat from your chicken breasts. Pound them to even thickness.
  • Place the chicken breasts in a container or ziploc style bag.
  • Add the bottle of marinade.
  • Marinade anywhere from 15 min to 24 hours. The longer they marinade, the stronger the flavor.
  • When you’re ready to cook them, preheat the oven to 425°F.
  • In a shallow dish (big enough to fit the breasts), add your panko breadcrumbs and lemon pepper seasoning. Mix to combine.
  • Pull each breast from the marinade mixture (don’t rinse or shake off the marinade, it is the “glue” for the breading).
  • Place the breast in the panko mix, covering it completely with breadcrumbs.
  • Put breaded chicken breasts on a baking sheet lined with parchment or silicone baking mat (you could also use a casserole style dish).
  • This is an optional step: spray the tops of the chicken breasts lightly with avocado oil to get them extra crispy!
  • Bake in the oven until internal temp reaches 165°F. I use thin cut breasts and they are usually done around 25 minutes. Enjoy!

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Nutrition

Serving: 1g, Calories: 275kcal, Carbohydrates: 24g, Protein: 28g, Fat: 7g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 3g, Trans Fat: 0.01g, Cholesterol: 73mg, Sodium: 353mg, Potassium: 518mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 50IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 74mg, Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dinner, Main Course, Main Dish, Main Dishes
Cuisine: American

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