SRSLY Amazing Honey Lemon Rosemary Chicken!

Today, I’m serving up a delightful dish that’s as heartwarming as it is delicious. Our Honey Lemon Rosemary Chicken recipe is a tribute to the simple joys of home-cooked meals that bring comfort and happiness to our lives but suited for our busy weeknights.

Looking for recipes perfect for those busy weeknights? Try my Ravioli Lasagna or my Shrimp Scampi. Just like this lemon rosemary chicken recipe, both are easy and delicious…perfect for busy weeknights!

skillet of lemon rosemary chicken breasts

Our Honey Lemon Rosemary Chicken isn’t just a culinary masterpiece ( that’s what I’m calling it :)); it’s a practical solution for busy weeknights. Loved by every member of the family, this recipe is a testament to simplicity at its finest. With minimal prep, simple ingredients, and quick cooking, it’s the ideal choice when time is scarce but the desire for a scrumptious, homemade meal is strong. The harmonious blend of zesty lemon, sweet honey, and aromatic rosemary transforms a basic chicken dinner into a flavorful experience that’s sure to become a weeknight staple.

ingredients for honey lemon rosemary chicken

Key Ingredients for lemon rosemary chicken:

  • Boneless, skinless chicken breasts: Choose high-quality chicken breasts for the best results. Ensure they are thawed properly if using frozen chicken.
  • Lemons: Fresh lemon juice brings a tangy and refreshing flavor to the dish. The lemon slices not only add flavor but also enhance the presentation.
  • Honey: Honey balances the tartness of lemon and adds a touch of sweetness to the dish.
  • Garlic: Freshly minced garlic boosts the overall flavor profile and adds aroma to the chicken.
  • Chicken broth: Chicken broth provides moisture and depth of flavor to the dish. Opt for low-sodium broth if you prefer a lower-sodium version.
  • Paprika: Paprika adds a subtle smokiness and a touch of warmth to the dish.
  • Rosemary sprigs: Fresh rosemary adds earthy and aromatic notes to the chicken. It is recommended to remove the woody stems before cooking.

Instructions for lemon rosemary chicken:

  1. Season chicken on each side with sea salt and ground black pepper.
  2. In a small bowl, combine fresh lemon juice, honey, minced garlic, chicken broth, paprika, and rosemary sprigs.
  3. Pour the marinade over the seasoned chicken, ensuring it covers all sides. Marinate for at least 30 minutes (or longer for deeper flavor).
  4. Heat a non-stick skillet over medium heat and add olive oil.
  5. Sear the marinated chicken on one side for 2 minutes without pouring the marinade into the skillet.
  6. Flip the chicken and add the remaining marinade along with lemon slices into the skillet.
  7. Cook for an additional 4 minutes or until the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165 degrees Fahrenheit (74 degrees Celsius).
  8. Remove the chicken from the skillet and serve it with your choice of side dish like rice or roasted vegetables.
  9. Enjoy the flavorful and tender honey lemon rosemary chicken!
a forkful of honey lemon rosemary chicken served over rice

Cooking Tips:

How do I know if the chicken breasts are cooked perfectly? 

To ensure your lemon chicken is perfectly cooked and safe to eat, use a meat thermometer. Insert it into the thickest part of the chicken, and the internal temperature of the chicken should register at least 165 degrees Fahrenheit (74 degrees Celsius). This guarantees juicy and tender chicken every time.

I like referencing this article from Taste of Home for cooking perfect chicken.

How long can I marinate the chicken for the best flavor? 

For optimal flavor infusion, we recommend marinating the chicken for at least 30 minutes. However, you can marinate it for up to a few hours if you desire. Marinating longer allows the flavors to deepen and penetrate the meat further.

Can I substitute fresh rosemary with dried rosemary? 

Yes, dried rosemary can be used as a substitute for fresh rosemary. Keep in mind that dried herbs are more concentrated in flavor, so you’ll need less. As a general rule of thumb, use about one-third of the amount of dried rosemary when substituting for fresh.

Can I use other citrus fruits besides lemons? 

Absolutely! While lemons provide a zesty and vibrant flavor, you can experiment with other citrus fruits such as limes or oranges to create different variations of this dish. Each citrus choice will offer a unique and delightful twist.

Is this recipe suitable for dietary restrictions? 

This recipe is versatile and can be adapted to suit various dietary needs. For a gluten-free option, ensure that your chicken broth and paprika are gluten-free. To make it dairy-free, simply double-check the ingredients you use. For a lower-sodium version, opt for low-sodium chicken broth or reduce the amount of salt used.

Variation Ideas:

  1. Citrus Variation: Swap lemon juice for other citrus fruits like orange or grapefruit for a different flavor profile.
  2.  Herb Swap: Experiment with fresh herbs such as thyme, oregano, or tarragon instead of rosemary.
  3. Spicy Option: Add red pepper flakes or cayenne pepper to the marinade for a spicy kick.
  4. Honey Mustard Twist: Create a honey mustard marinade by blending honey, Dijon mustard, and a hint of mayonnaise.
  5. Mediterranean Style: Use Mediterranean herbs like basil, oregano, and thyme with olive oil and garlic.
  6. Coconut Citrus Fusion: Combine coconut milk, lime juice, and lemongrass for an exotic touch.
  7. Balsamic Flavor: Substitute lemon juice with balsamic vinegar for a richer taste.
  8. Maple Dijon Infusion: Use maple syrup, Dijon mustard, and fresh thyme for a sweet and savory blend.
  9. Asian Influence: Marinate in soy sauce, ginger, garlic, and sesame oil for an Asian-inspired dish.
  10. BBQ-Inspired: Use honey BBQ sauce as the base for a smoky and savory flavor.

What can I serve as side dishes with lemon rosemary chicken? 

Pair your Honey Lemon Rosemary Chicken with a variety of sides to create a well-rounded meal. Consider serving it with fluffy rice, mashed potatoes, roasted vegetables (try asparagus or broccoli- yum!) drizzled with olive oil, or a crisp green salad for a delightful balance of textures and flavors.

marinade for honey lemon rosemary chicken recipe

Can I make this chicken recipe in advance for meal prep? 

Certainly! This dish is a great option for meal prep. After cooking, store it in airtight containers in the refrigerator for up to five days. Reheat gently in the microwave or on the stovetop for a quick and satisfying meal using the method listed below.

Storing and Reheating lemon rosemary chicken Leftovers: 

One of the wonderful things about our Honey Lemon Rosemary Chicken is its versatility, not just in flavor but in how you enjoy it. To store any leftover chicken for tasty leftovers the next day, let it cool to room temperature, then transfer it to airtight containers or wrap it tightly in foil. Pop it into the refrigerator, and it will stay fresh and delicious for up to five days.

When it’s time to reheat, gently reheat it in the microwave or on the stovetop. For the microwave, cover the chicken with a damp paper towel to keep it moist. On the stovetop, use a non-stick pan over low heat, adding a splash of chicken broth if needed to maintain tenderness.

Honey Lemon Rosemary Chicken Recipe

| 4 servings
Prep Time | 5 minutes
Cook Time | 10 minutes
Marinating Time | 30 minutes
Total Time | 45 minutes
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With minimal prep, simple ingredients, and quick cooking, it’s the ideal choice when time is scarce but the desire for a scrumptious, homemade meal is strong. The harmonious blend of zesty lemon, sweet honey, and aromatic rosemary transforms a basic chicken dinner into a flavorful experience that’s sure to become a weeknight staple.


  • 1.5 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts 800g or about 3 to 4 chicken breasts
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 lemons you need the juice of 1 ½ lemons + 5 lemon slices
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • cup chicken broth 2.7 fluid ounces | 80 ml
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 3 sprigs rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
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  • Season chicken on each side with salt and pepper.
  • In a small bowl, combine lemon juice, honey, garlic, chicken broth, paprika and rosemary. Pour on the chicken and marinade for 30 minutes.
  • Heat a non-stick skillet with oil on medium heat. Sear chicken on one side for 2 minutes without the marinade.
  • Flip chicken and add the marinade in the skillet with lemon slices.
  • Cook for another 4 minutes. You may find that your chicken takes more time if they are quite thick. Look for an internal temp of 165 degrees
  • Remove and serve with rice.


One of our recipe testers suggested doubling or tripling the marinade to have plenty of sauce for serving over sticky rice.


Serving: 1breastCalories: 279kcalCarbohydrates: 15gProtein: 37gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0.02gCholesterol: 109mgSodium: 418mgPotassium: 735mgFiber: 2gSugar: 10gVitamin A: 313IUVitamin C: 31mgCalcium: 30mgIron: 1mg

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