Keto Lemon Pepper Chicken

Keto Lemon Pepper Chicken – an easy 30 minute one pan meal perfect for busy weeknights. Best of all, this low carb recipe cooks up tender, juicy and full of delicious fresh and zingy flavors.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword chicken, dinner, keto, lemon, lemon pepper, low carb, one pan, pepper, skillet
Prep Time 8 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 23 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 384 kcal
Author Kelly


  • 4 medium chicken breasts pounded to even thickness OR OR 6-8 boneless chicken thighs skinless or with skin
  • sea salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chili flakes optional or to taste
  • 3 tablespoons butter swap with olive oil for paleo
  • 1/2 small onion chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves sliced or minced
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
  • Juice of 1 medium lemon
  • 3-4 tablespoons heavy cream leave out for paleo
  • Chopped fresh parsley and lemon slices optional for garnish
  • Cast Iron Skillet


  1. Season chicken with salt, pepper and garlic powder. Heat olive oil in a medium-sized cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken and cook for 4-5 minutes on each side, or until chicken reaches 165 degrees. Transfer browned chicken to plate and set aside.

  2. Return pan back to heat and melt butter. Stir in the onions and garlic. Add lemon juice to deglaze pan and cook for 1 minute. Add Italian seasoning, lemon zest and chicken broth. Stir in heavy cream and allow to thicken and bubble. Add the chicken back into the pan until heated through.
  3. Sprinkle chicken with chopped parsley and serve hot with your favorite sides. Spoon sauce over chicken and garnish with lemon slices, if desired.
Nutrition Facts
Keto Lemon Pepper Chicken
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 384 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 14g 22%
Saturated Fat 41g 205%
Total Carbohydrates 2g 1%
Protein 14g 28%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.