A grey plate with a chicken breast, potatoes and a cream sauce
5 from 2 votes

Creamy Lemon Thyme Chicken

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4 serves
Calories: 291kcal
Author: Marie Roffey
Creamy Lemon Thyme Chicken is all made in one pan or skillet. Easy to prepare, ready in under 30 minutes and a tangy, creamy sauce, this simple chicken dish is an insanely delicious dinner for any night of the week.
Course: Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: Chicken, Italian
Keyword: creamy chicken, lemon thyme chicken


  • 4 (approx 600g) small chicken breasts (or 2 large cut in half)
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons plain (all-purp) flour
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves, not packed
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 shallot, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup cream
  • 1/4 cup Juice of one a lemon
  • 1/3 cup (20g) finely grated parmesan
  • Slices of lemon and torn fresh parsley to serve


  • Season the chicken breasts well with salt and pepper. Heat the oil in a skillet or frying pan over medium-high heat, add the chicken and cook for 5-6 minutes on each side until golden and cooked through (see notes).
  • Reduce the heat to low-medium. Mix the flour with 2 tablespoons of the stock until you have a paste, then mix it back into the rest of the stock. Now pour the stock mixture into the pan to deglaze it. Add the butter, stir to combine and cook for 1 minute.
  • Add the shallots and thyme and cook for a few minutes until the sauce has thickened slightly and the shallots have softened.
  • Add the cream and lemon juice and parmesan and stir to combine. Let the sauce come to a simmer, then simmer for 1 minute or until it reduces by about a third.
  • Add back the chicken along with any juices it's sitting in and simmer for another minute. Turn the chicken to coat it well in the sauce.
  • Serve with steamed green beans or Warm Potato and Asparagus Salad.


  1. Cooking time for the chicken will vary, depending on size.