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lemon pepper chicken with creamy garlic sauce

Lemon Pepper Chicken with Creamy Garlic-Lemon Sauce

Skin-on, Bone-in Chicken thighs seasoned with lemon-pepper seasoning, baked to perfection and served with the delicious, cheesy, garlic-lemon cream sauce! This Lemon Pepper Chicken with Creamy Garlic-Lemon Sauce takes only 40 minutes to make from start to finish (including baking time!).   Perfect recipe for a busy weeknight. 
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword lemon pepper chicken
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 667kcal
Author Julia


Lemon Pepper Chicken:

  • 6 chicken thighs , skin-on, bone-in
  • 4 teaspoons lemon pepper seasoning , divided
  • ¼ cup flour (use gluten free flour for gluten free version)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

Creamy Sauce:

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • ½ tablespoon butter
  • 5 garlic cloves , minced
  • ¾ cup chicken stock
  • 1 teaspoon lemon pepper seasoning
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • ½ cup Parmesan , shredded
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice , freshly squeezed
  • 3 green onions , chopped (use only green parts)


  • freshly parsley chopped
  • lemon slices


Lemon Pepper Chicken:

  • Preheat oven to 375 F.
  • Mix 3 teaspoons of lemon pepper seasoning with flour. Pat the tops (skin side) of chicken thighs with this seasoning mixture.
  • Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil on high-medium heat in a large skillet. 
  • Add chicken thighs skin side down and cook for about 4 minutes on high-medium heat until browned, uncovered. Sprinkle the other side of chicken with 1 teaspoon more of lemon pepper seasoning. 
  • Flip the chicken thighs over and cook for 2 minutes on the other side. Remove from heat. 
  • Line baking sheet with aluminum foil.  Place chicken thighs skin side up (crispy side up) on the baking sheet and bake at 375 F for about 15-20 minutes, until the chicken is fully cooked, the juices run clear and the chicken is no longer pink in the center.

Creamy Sauce:

  • In the mean time, while the chicken is baking, make the sauce. Thoroughly clean and dry the skillet you used for cooking chicken thighs. 
  • Heat 1 teaspoon olive oil and ½ tablespoon butter on medium heat in this cleaned skillet. 
  • Add minced garlic and cook, constantly stirring, for about 30 seconds. 
  • Add chicken stock and 1 teaspoon lemon pepper seasoning to the skillet and bring to boil. 
  • Add heavy cream and bring to boil. 
  • Add shredded cheese and stir until melted. Reduce heat to simmer and keep stirring until the sauce is smooth. Remove from heat. 
  • Add 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice and stir in. Top with chopped green onions (chop up only green portion of green onions and don't use white portion). Keep the sauce covered.
  • The lemon pepper chicken should be cooked by now. Check it for doneness and if chicken is completely cooked through, add it to the skillet on top of the sauce and on top of green onions. 
  • Top with chopped parsley and decorate with a few slices of lemon.


Calories: 667kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 35g | Fat: 52g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Cholesterol: 220mg | Sodium: 421mg | Potassium: 494mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 800IU | Vitamin C: 5.8mg | Calcium: 203mg | Iron: 2.1mg