Eat well

Lemon chicken

This fresh and fruity sauce is the perfect complement to chicken. Throw in some greens to count towards your 5 A Day and to add some colour .

  • Serves: 2
  • Time: 55 minutes


  • 2 skinless chicken fillets, cut into strips
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 glass of low-salt stock
  • ½ lemon, plus its juice
  • 6 mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 tbsp parsley, chopped
  • a pinch of dried dill
  • a pinch of black pepper


  1. Gently fry the chicken in the oil until golden brown. Remove it from the pan and put it on a plate.

2. Put the mushrooms and onion in the pan, stir and add the stock. Add a pinch of dill and simmer over a low heat.

  1. Grate the lemon zest into the pan, then add the parsley, lemon juice and black pepper. Cook until the sauce has reduced by half, then put the chicken back in the pan. Simmer for another 15 to 20 minutes, until the chicken is cooked through.

  2. Serve with wholegrain rice and 160g steamed green vegetables, such as cabbage or green beans.

Nutrition information

Nutrient Per 100g Per 227g serving
Energy 542kJ/129kcal 1226kJ/292kcal
Protein 17.5g 39.8g
Carbohydrate 0.8g 1.8g
(of which sugars) 0.6g 1.4g
Fat, total 4.3g 9.7g
(of which saturates) 0.9g 2g
Fibre 0.3g 0.7g
Sodium 0.04g 0.08g
Salt 0.1g 0.2g

Food safety tips

When cooking:

  • always wash your hands, work surfaces, utensils and chopping boards before you start preparing food and after handling raw meat, including poultry
  • keep raw meat away from ready-to-eat foods such as salad, fruit and bread
  • make sure the chicken is cooked until it's steaming hot all the way through, there's no pink meat left and any juices run clear

Page last reviewed: Tue Dec 2017 Next review due: Sat Dec 2020

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