Lemon Chicken Breast Recipe with Cucumber Feta Salad

Light and lemony chicken breasts served with a salad of cucumber, tomatoes and feta. Jump to the Lemon Chicken Breast Recipe with Cucumber Salad or read on to see our tips for making it.

Lemon Chicken Breast Recipe with Cucumber Feta Salad

Say goodbye to boring dry chicken breasts. This recipe makes chicken that’s unbelievably tender, juicy and flavorful. The salad is delicious, too. It’s really simple to make and is made with cucumber, tomato, feta cheese, and a lemon dill dressing. It’s so fresh and can be made in advance.

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Four Steps for Perfectly Cooked Chicken Breasts

Chicken breasts are a staple in most kitchens, including ours. Read below for our tips for making sure they are juicy and flavorful.

Lemon Chicken Breasts with Cucumber, Tomatoes and Feta

Marinate

Even the simplest marinade can make a huge difference — marinated chicken becomes moist, juicy and flavorful. Just 20 minutes in a marinade will make a difference. You could leave it for longer, but there is no need to go past 2 hours for chicken breasts (a whole chicken can marinate overnight). A resealable plastic bag or small rimmed dish makes marinating easy, too.

For this recipe, we went with a simple marinade of lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, fresh dill, salt, and pepper. The lemon and dill work perfectly with the light cucumber feta salad, but you could switch lemon for lime or dill for other herbs if you wanted. This lemon and garlic chicken marinade is also one of our favorites.

Sear Until Golden

After 20 to 30 minutes of marinating, remove the chicken from the marinade and pat it dry — this helps with getting that golden sear when we cook. Whenever you sear something, especially chicken, it’s really important that you pat everything dry. If the chicken were still wet from the marinade, the chicken breasts would steam, not sear. Heat a frying pan over medium-high heat and add some olive oil (or other fat like vegetable oil, coconut oil or a combination of butter and oil). As soon as the oil is shimmering, add the chicken and cook 2 to 3 minutes until golden.

How to Cook Chicken Breasts

Cover, Turn Heat to Low

Once golden on one side, flip the chicken and turn down the heat to low. Then cover and walk away — you want to let it cook 10 to 15 minutes. During this time, there is no need to open the lid or flip the chicken. The chicken breasts become moist, juicy, and plump. This is also perfect timing for making the cucumber feta salad.

Let It Rest

Last step — Transfer the chicken to a plate and cover loosely with foil and let the chicken rest for 5 minutes. As the chicken rests, the juices redistribute. This way, when you cut into the chicken all the juices stay in the meat instead of running out on the the plate or cutting board.

Cucumber, Tomato, and Feta Salad

Once the chicken has rested, slice it up and serve with the salad. Don’t forget to spoon extra dressing from the bottom of the salad bowl on top — that’s gold!

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Recipe updated, originally posted June 2013. Since posting this in 2013, we have tweaked the recipe to be more clear. – Adam and Joanne

Lemon Chicken Breast Recipe with Cucumber Feta Salad

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Chicken breasts are a staple in most kitchens, including ours. To sure they are juicy and flavorful, we marinate the chicken in a simple marinade for about 20 minutes, although you could go longer. Then we sear it in a pan until browned, flip and cover the pan until the chicken is plump, juicy, and cooked through.

Makes 2 servings

You Will Need

Lemon Chicken Breasts

2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (6 to 8 ounces each)

1/4 cup fresh lemon juice

1/2 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for cooking

3 garlic cloves, minced

2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill or other fresh herb

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Cucumber Feta Salad

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

1 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard

1/2 to 1 teaspoon of pure honey, depending on how sour lemon is

1 teaspoon chopped fresh dill or other fresh herbs

2 medium tomatoes, chopped

Half of a hothouse or seedless cucumber, chopped

2 ounces feta cheese, cubed

Salt and fresh ground black pepper

Directions

  • Cook Chicken
  • Combine lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, dill, salt, and pepper in a small bowl. Use the back of a small spoon to press garlic and dill into other ingredients, releasing more flavor from the dill and garlic. Add marinade to a resealable plastic bag or small rimmed dish then add chicken breasts. Marinate 20 to 30 minutes at room temperature or up to 2 hours in the refrigerator.

    Brush extra garlic from chicken and pat dry. Heat a tablespoon of olive oil in a medium frying pan (with lid) over medium-high heat. As soon as the oil is hot and looks shimmery, add the chicken. Cook 2 to 3 minutes until golden. Flip, reduce heat to low then cover with lid. Cook 10 to 15 minutes or until an instant read thermometer reads 165 degrees F when inserted into the thickest part of the breast.Step 1

    Transfer chicken to a plate then cover loosely with aluminum foil. Let the chicken rest for 5 minutes, slice, and then serve with salad.

    • Make Cucumber Salad
    • Whisk lemon juice, olive oil, mustard, honey, and dill in a medium bowl then add tomatoes, cucumber and feta cheese. Toss gently, season to taste then refrigerate at least 20 minutes and up to a day.

Adam and Joanne's Tips

  • Nutrition Facts: The nutrition facts provided below are estimates. We have used the USDA Supertracker recipe calculator to calculate approximate values.

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Nutrition Per Serving: Calories 421 / Protein 32 g / Carbohydrate 15 g / Dietary Fiber 2 g / Total Sugars 9 g / Total Fat 27 g / Saturated Fat 7 g / Cholesterol 109 mg
AUTHOR: Adam and Joanne Gallagher

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24 comments… Leave a Comment
  • Lena July 21, 2017, 2:06 pm

    Do you have the nutritional information calculated? Protein, Carbs, Fat?

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    • Joanne August 10, 2017, 12:14 pm

      Hi Lena, Great news! We just added nutritional information to this recipe. You can find it at the bottom of the recipe in the Notes section.

      Reply
  • Daniel February 9, 2017, 1:39 am

    Can you please give the measurements of the ingredients for the marinade. Like how much pepper, lemon juice, etc. Also I mostly cook only for myself so would you adapt it for only one chicken breast? Thank you

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    • Joanne February 9, 2017, 6:41 pm

      Hi Daniel, the measurements for the marinade are shared within the recipe on this page.

      Reply
  • Christine September 11, 2015, 7:40 am

    This was absolutely amazing. My boyfriend and I are doing really good with eating healthy and this was definitely right up our ally. We want to put this in our repertoire every week. He loved it too. Great recipe! (Five stars – please subscribe me to newsletter)

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  • Rebecca July 22, 2015, 8:10 pm

    DELICIOUS!!!! I had to quadruple the recipe for my family size but it was soooo tasty and refreshing on a hot summer day!!
    Will definitely make this again!!
    And my son said it tasted “fancy!”

    Reply
  • Lorraine Walters March 17, 2015, 8:39 am

    i am looking forward to making this tonight..I’ll let you know how it goes!

    Reply
  • rob July 14, 2014, 6:37 pm

    this was amazing it is going to be rotated into being one of our weekly dinners

    Reply
  • Viveka June 26, 2014, 2:44 pm

    Hi, there have done this recipe a couple of times and I love it – easy and very tasty. Brilliant recipe – only thing I have changed it that after quickly given the breast a great golden grill finish I finish it off in the oven, because I think the breast stay more moist that way. 15 min on 180C under cover.

    Had to this evening again – with +27C on my balcony 7pm – this dish was perfect again.

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  • Tricia May 21, 2014, 7:05 pm

    Looks good…always looking for new recipes.

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  • Nancy March 15, 2014, 7:28 pm

    looking forward to making this next week – any sweepstakes coming up soon?

    Reply
    • Joanne March 17, 2014, 2:58 pm

      Great Nancy. Yes, we do have a few. You should see them in the next week or so.

      Reply

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