{Quick & Easy} Lemon & Thyme Chicken

Lemon & Thyme Chicken from thelittlekitchen.net

For this recipe, once again I’m participating with Land O’Lakes on their Kitchen Conversations panel along with Ree, Maria, Brenda and Sommer! For this Kitchen Conversation, it’s all about back to school and quick and easy dinner ideas for those rushed nights when you need to get dinner on the table quick.

As most of you know, I don’t have kids and I work from home, but I still struggle to make dinner sometimes because our days are so busy. For this topic, I wanted to make something that was not only quick and easy, but also full of flavor and something you’ll love. This lemon and thyme chicken dish is just that! Whether you are going back to school or just have those crazy weeknights, a basic chicken dish with fresh flavors is a good recipe to have on hand.

Lemon & Thyme Chicken with Buttered Egg Noodles from thelittlekitchen.net

This recipe uses a Half Stick of Land O Lakes® Salted Butter. I love these little half sticks because they’re so convenient. I have fewer of those little packets of folded, wadded up pieces of butter in my fridge because of them!

Lemon & Thyme Chicken with Buttered Egg Noodles from thelittlekitchen.net

First, start the water boiling for the noodles. Then I start the breading for the chicken. I mix lemon zest, thyme leaves (I used fresh thyme), garlic, salt and pepper first. Then the breadcrumbs.

Lemon & Thyme Chicken with Buttered Egg Noodles from thelittlekitchen.net

I picked chicken breast cutlets because they are so good and they also cook faster than a full chicken breast.

I use forks and spoons or use one hand for the wet and one hand for the dry…so you don’t your hands all clumped up with wet breading. I call that claw hands! :)

Lemon & Thyme Chicken with Buttered Egg Noodles from thelittlekitchen.net

In a non-stick skillet, melt 1 1/2 Tablespoons of Land O Lakes® Salted Butter.

Lemon & Thyme Chicken with Buttered Egg Noodles from thelittlekitchen.net

Add half of the chicken cutlets and cook for 4–5 minutes on each side. Then finish up with more butter and the rest of the chicken.

Lemon & Thyme Chicken with Buttered Egg Noodles from thelittlekitchen.net

Once the noodles are done, add butter, thyme and lemon to flavor them. I love buttered noodles, don’t you?

Lemon & Thyme Chicken with Buttered Egg Noodles from thelittlekitchen.net

This sauce is so easy. In the same pan in which you cooked the chicken, add 1 tablespoon of Land O Lakes® Salted Butter and melt. Then add flour and allow them to cook. Add some thyme — I love the sizzle the thyme makes!

Lemon & Thyme Chicken with Buttered Egg Noodles from thelittlekitchen.net

Then add chicken broth and white wine and cook for a few minutes. You can add a little bit of lemon juice after it’s all done.

Serve sauce over the egg noodles and chicken. I highly recommend serving with a side salad or your favorite vegetable for a delicious dinner!

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Lemon & Thyme Chicken from thelittlekitchen.net

Curtis loved this dish. I told him we can do some rice next time if he wanted. He said nope, I LOVE the buttered noodles with this dish. :) Curtis approved. There’s lemon in this dish but it’s not too overpowering. It’s the perfect hint of lemon, along with the fresh herbs and butter…we will be making this dish for a long time! Hope you enjoy it if you try it.

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Lemon & Thyme Chicken with Buttered Egg Noodles Recipe

Yield: Serves 3 to 4

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes


2 lemons, zested and juiced (for use in recipe below)


1 1/2 pounds chicken breast cutlets

2 eggs

1 teaspoon lemon juice

1/2 tablespoon lemon zest

2 small garlic cloves, minced

1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves, chopped (or 1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves)

3/4 cup dry breadcrumbs

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

3 tablespoons Land O Lakes® Salted Butter, divided


1 tablespoon Land O Lakes® Salted Butter

1 teaspoon unbleached all-purpose flour

fresh thyme leaves from two sprigs of fresh thyme or a sprinkle of dried thyme leaves

1/2 cup low-sodium chicken broth

1/4 cup white wine

1/2 teaspoon lemon juice

Egg noodles with butter, thyme and lemon juice to taste

Salad for serving


Lemon & Thyme Chicken

Bring water to a boil for the egg noodles and add noodles when water is boiling. Prepare according to instructions on the package.

While waiting for the water to boil, prep the chicken. Beat two eggs in a shallow dish and add 1 teaspoon of the freshly squeezed lemon juice and mix. In another shallow dish, mix lemon zest, garlic, thyme leaves, salt and pepper. Then add breadcrumbs and mix thoroughly. Add chicken to the the dish with eggs and coat. Using a different hand, add chicken to the dish with the breadcrumbs and coat thoroughly. Place chicken on a plate and repeat until all chicken is coated.

In a nonstick pan, melt 1 1/2 tablespoons Land O Lakes® Salted Butter on medium heat. Add half of the chicken cutlets and cook on each side for 3–5 minutes (timing depends on thickness). Remove and place on a paper towel-lined plate. Repeat and cook the rest of the chicken with the remaining 1 1/2 tablespoon of Land O Lakes® Salted Butter.


Once chicken is done, in the same nonstick pan, add 1 tablespoon Land O Lakes® Salted Butter and allow the butter to melt. Add flour and mix with a wooden spoon and cook for about 1–2 minutes. Add fresh thyme leaves; it will sizzle. Mix and cook for about 30–60 seconds. Add chicken broth and white wine; it may bubble up a little bit (turn down the heat if needed). Allow the alcohol to cook off and the sauce to thicken, about 3-4 minutes. Remove from heat and add lemon juice.

Serve sauce over egg noodles if you'd like. Flavor the noodles with Land O Lakes® Salted Butter, thyme, pepper and lemon juice. Serve with a side salad or your favorite vegetable. The leftover chicken is great on top of a salad!

from The Little Kitchen

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40 Responses to “{Quick & Easy} Lemon & Thyme Chicken”

  1. 1
    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — August 5, 2013 @ 12:53 pm

    I love lemon and herbs with chicken, perfect weeknight meal!


  2. 2
    Jess — August 5, 2013 @ 12:56 pm

    This looks so delicious!! Pinned!


  3. 3
    Cookbook Queen — August 5, 2013 @ 1:43 pm

    Oh my gosh, this CHICKEN!! Totally pinning to have for dinner.


    • Julie Deily replied: August 6th, 2013 @ 3:03 pm

      Thanks for pinning, Kristan!


  4. 4
    Ali | Gimme Some Oven — August 5, 2013 @ 1:49 pm

    Looks so flavorful! Love the 1/2 sticks of butter – so cool!


    • Julie Deily replied: August 6th, 2013 @ 3:03 pm

      I love those half sticks too! :)


  5. 5
    Linda | The Urban Mrs — August 5, 2013 @ 2:29 pm

    Yummm! I love the combination of lemon and thyme, very flavorful and light dish.


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    Gerry @ Foodness Gracious — August 5, 2013 @ 3:31 pm

    I’m loving thyme right now and lemon and butter is just the icing on the cake..or noodles :)


    • Julie Deily replied: August 6th, 2013 @ 4:43 pm

      Ooh an olive oil cake with lemon, butter and thyme sounds so good right now!! :)


  7. 7
    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — August 5, 2013 @ 6:23 pm

    I love this scrumptious, easy meal, Julie! Looks delicious!


  8. 8
    Kelly Senyei | Just a Taste — August 5, 2013 @ 9:17 pm

    If you could please pack these in your suitcase for your NYC trip, I would truly appreciate it. :)


  9. 9
    Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles — August 5, 2013 @ 10:15 pm

    You had me at buttered egg noodles (with mashed potatoes?!?!)! Love this lemony chicken recipe, Julie!


    • Julie Deily replied: August 6th, 2013 @ 4:57 pm

      Shhh I didn’t mention that here because I’m so embarrassed! haha


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    Tieghan — August 5, 2013 @ 11:10 pm

    Oh yum!! I cannot believe it is back to school already. Crazy!!

    This chicken looks delicious and I cannot wait to make it! Seriously so excited! Oh and that butter just makes this so much better!


    • Julie Deily replied: August 6th, 2013 @ 4:58 pm

      I know! I’m so shocked too!


  11. 11
    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — August 6, 2013 @ 12:14 am

    I love everything on that plate! Lemon and thyme are such a perfect combo!


  12. 12
    Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective — August 6, 2013 @ 8:09 am

    Delicious, Julie!! LOVE the lemon/thyme combo!


  13. 13
    katie — August 6, 2013 @ 10:18 am

    I think I know what I need to make for dinner this week! I grew up eating buttered egg noodles with most dinners–love this recipe.


  14. 14
    Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet — August 6, 2013 @ 11:49 am

    This dish sounds fabulous! I love lemon chicken and the addition of thyme sounds absolutely perfect, Julie!


  15. 15
    Kelly — August 6, 2013 @ 12:29 pm

    Wow Julie! This looks incredible!! :)


  16. 16
    Jeanette — August 6, 2013 @ 3:00 pm

    I’m always up for a quick and easy recipe! Love the combination of lemon and thyme.


  17. 17
    amy @ fearless homemaker — August 6, 2013 @ 8:16 pm

    I love simple, fresh dinners like this – YUM!


  18. 18
    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — August 7, 2013 @ 1:18 am

    I love the quick/simplicity of this dish! I usually resort to cereal dinners during the week but I could definitely make this happen now!


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    Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies — August 7, 2013 @ 9:48 am

    Quick and easy is EVERYTHING for me lately. :) This is perfect for this time of year–August is such a busy month!


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  21. 20
    Shaina — August 19, 2013 @ 12:29 pm

    What a great easy dinner! I love that sauce. This is definitely going into the weeknight meal lineup.


  22. 21
    Deborah Rosen — September 1, 2013 @ 10:24 am

    Putting this on September’s menu – pinned! Thanks for sharing yet another great recipe.


  23. 22
    Renee - Kudos Kitchen — September 15, 2013 @ 3:27 pm

    Oh Yum! This look delicious and I agree with Curtis. I think the buttered egg noodles are just the right touch to accompany this wonderful weeknight dinner.


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  25. 23
    kathleen — December 11, 2013 @ 7:32 pm

    I just made this dish tonight! My whole family loved it. But I wanted to let you know when I printed out the recipe there was no direction on putting the chicken in the egg, and then the breadcrumb mix. Just wanted to let you know.
    Thanks for the yummy recipe!


    • Julie Deily replied: December 15th, 2013 @ 12:06 pm

      Katheleen, thanks for the note! I fixed it! And so glad your family loved this recipe. It’s a family favorite here too!


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    Nick Manley — March 29, 2014 @ 8:38 pm

    This is really good. The one caution is that if you are using larger, thicker chicken breasts, the cooking time can go up significantly, resulting in a burnt coating rather than a nice brown one that you would get with the cutlets or thinner breasts.


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    Jennifer — April 13, 2014 @ 9:36 pm

    Chicken looks yummy delish and I’m going to have to try BUT … Where’d you get those plates? I LOVE those! :)


    • Julie Deily replied: April 15th, 2014 @ 9:20 pm

      Hi Jennifer, thanks so much! I got the plates from Anthropologie!


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    katecurrie — May 9, 2014 @ 9:59 pm

    i made this tonight and i really like it. but the breading ran out way before i was able to dip all the chicken. and i needed a LOT more than 3 tbs of butter for the frying; more like 1/2 stick. i’ll make it again, but will double the amounts for breading and frying.


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    Becky Kuri — March 4, 2015 @ 10:54 pm

    I made this tonight and immediatly my husband asked me to move the recipe from my “recipes to try” folder to the “favorites” folder…..We both loved this…..other then using panko for the breadcrumbs, because it was what I had, I followed the recipe exactly….the lemon taste was just right, with a nice crunch, and the sauce over the noodles was perfect…..thank you so much for sharing your recipe!


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