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Weeknight Lemon Chicken Skillet Dinner

How to Make Weeknight Lemon Chicken Skillet Dinner
Photo: Justin Walker
Hands-on time 30 mins
Total time 30 mins
Yield

Serves 4 (serving size: 1 chicken breast half and 3/4 cup potato mixture)

It doesn't get much easier, or more satisfying: a complete chicken dinner in one pan in half an hour. Lemon brightens this cozy winter meal, but the classic flavors are sure to elicit cries for a second helping any time of the year. This one-pan chicken dish is a whole meal in one skillet, but serve with a simple side salad to sneak in another serving of veggies. We call for tender haricots verts because they're quick cooking; traditional green beans likely won't be tender enough after the brief cooking time at the end. If that's all you have on hand, steam them first, and then add them to the pan for the final step.

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces baby red potatoes, halved
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, divided
  • 4 (6-ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, pounded to 3/4-inch thickness
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
  • 2 thyme sprigs
  • 4 ounces cremini mushrooms, quartered
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 5 teaspoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 3/4 cups unsalted chicken stock (such as Swanson)
  • 8 very thin lemon slices
  • 1 (8-ounce) package trimmed haricots verts (French green beans)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

Nutrition Information

  • calories 342
  • fat 8.6 g
  • satfat 1.8 g
  • monofat 3.9 g
  • polyfat 1.2 g
  • protein 43 g
  • carbohydrate 23 g
  • fiber 4 g
  • cholesterol 110 mg
  • iron 3 mg
  • sodium 642 mg
  • calcium 77 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 450°.

  2. Place potatoes in a medium saucepan; cover with water. Bring to a boil, and simmer 12 minutes or until tender. Drain.

  3. Heat a large ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1 teaspoon oil to pan. Sprinkle chicken with 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Add chicken and thyme sprigs to pan; cook 5 minutes or until chicken is browned. Turn chicken over. Place pan in oven; bake at 450° for 10 minutes or until chicken is done. Remove chicken from pan.

  4. Return pan to medium-high heat. Add remaining 2 teaspoons oil. Add potatoes, cut sides down; mushrooms; and 1 tablespoon thyme; cook 3 minutes or until browned, stirring once. Combine milk and flour in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk. Add remaining salt, remaining pepper, flour mixture, stock, lemon, and beans to pan; simmer 1 minute or until slightly thickened. Add chicken; cover, reduce heat, and simmer 3 minutes or until beans are crisp-tender. Sprinkle with parsley.