Lemon Chicken

In just 20 minutes, you can enjoy this tender and tangy Lemon Chicken. With vegetables and fluffy white rice cooked in a garlic butter sauce and topped with herbs, it’s a complete, one-pot meal.

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Cooking time PREP TIME 10 mins
Cooking time COOK TIME 10 mins
Servings SERVES 4
Ready in TOTAL TIME 20 mins
Cooking time
PREP TIME 10 mins
Cooking time
COOK TIME 10 mins
Ready in
TOTAL TIME 20 mins


  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into strips
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 can (14.5 oz) chicken broth
  • 1 carrot, sliced diagonally
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cups Minute® White Rice
  • 1 cup snow peas
  • 3 tbsp chopped parsley


  • Your whole family will love the citrusy, savory flavors of this classic Lemon Chicken. With garlic, onion, peas, carrots, herbs and freshly-squeezed lemon juice, all served with Minute® Instant White Rice, this is a delicious, complete meal that’s ready in minutes!

    Step 1

  • Melt butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Sauté chicken, onion and garlic until chicken is lightly browned, about 5-7 minutes. Stir in cornstarch and cook for 1 minute.

    Step 2

  • Add broth, carrot, lemon juice and salt. Bring to a full boil.

    Step 3

  • Stir in rice, snow peas and parsley. Cover and remove from heat. Let stand for 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork.

    Recipe tips

    For a quicker cook time, cut the chicken into smaller strips or use cooked chicken.

    Snow peas can be swapped out for roasted asparagus, broccoli or any other green vegetable of choice.

Vitamin C

Add some vitamin C to your life by adding fresh lemon juice to your next meal. After all, who doesn’t love a warm plate of tender, tangy lemon chicken served with vegetables and fluffy white rice? With the addition of garlic butter sauce and a sprinkling of herbs, this just might become a weekday favorite! If this dish sounds good but time-consuming, think again. You can whip up this chicken and rice recipe in just 20 minutes!

Start by sautéing your chicken strips (marinated or not) in butter with chopped onion and garlic until browned and cooked through. Then, add a bit of cornstarch to thicken all of the zesty flavors in the pan into a delicious sauce. When those ingredients have cooked up, add the broth, carrots, lemon juice and salt. Adding the citrusy lemon juice will work to release the flavors of the other ingredients so they all blend well together. Once that mix is boiling, toss in the pea pods, parsley and rice. It’s smooth sailing after that, while you let the rice absorb all of those unbelievable flavors!

Plan for Success

Marinate your chicken in the morning and you’ll infuse even more delicious flavor into your final dish! Simply whisk together lemon juice, lemon zest, thyme, rosemary, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Add the chicken strips and place the bowl in the fridge before you leave the house. When you get home, all you have to do is toss the chicken in a skillet for a quick dinner after work!

One of the key components to a quick meal is using our Minute® Instant White Rice which cooks up in just 5 minutes. It’s so quick that, whether you want a quick Microwave Egg Fried Rice or a sweet bowl of Nutty Buddy Honey Rice as an after-dinner treat, you can satisfy your cravings in minutes.

Other Meal Inspiration

For a dish with Latin American flavor, learn how to make this Mexican Rice Recipe.

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