I recently received my first cast-iron skillet as a gift from my in-laws. The pan has opened up new possibilities for family meals. I often see ideas for recipes that are cooked in a skillet in the oven. Now that I have the cast-iron, I can make delicious meals such as this Lemon Thyme Chicken!
I’ve had this recipe for Weeknight Lemon Chicken Skillet Dinner bookmarked for a long time, but wasn’t ever able to make it because of the pan situation. This was the first meal we made with the new pan. I had to learn how to use the cast-iron pan. But now, I love it!
Using a cast-iron pan is the same as any other pan. Cleaning them is a bit different. The pans shouldn’t be soaked in water. After scrubbing the pans need to be completely dried. The easiest way to do that is to put it back on the stovetop for a few minutes. Then rub it with oil before putting away. The pans are porous, so you don’t want them holding water. But don’t forget they are on the stovetop! I did one time and it set our smoke alarm off!!
As usual, the boys were in the kitchen while I was cooking, and were begging to try the lemons. I sliced what I needed for the recipe, then gave them each a slice to eat. And, as all good parents do, I videoed it for future enjoyment! And yours, too! Despite the faces, they love lemons. Both boys ask for them in their water and will eat them straight when they can.
Tyler eating lemons:
Ryan eating lemons:
The lemon flavor was pretty strong in this dish, so I plan to cut down on the lemon next time. I know it has lemon in the name, but I would like to taste the other flavors, too. Don’t worry, I made those adjustments the second time we made the recipe.
The potatoes have to be boiled before adding to the final dish. Otherwise, this is a one-pan meal. Because the Lemon Thyme Chicken goes in and out of the oven, it wasn’t a meal that the boys could easily help prepare, but they still enjoy being in the kitchen with us.
Step by Step
Preheat the oven to 450F then cut the potatoes in half and boil them for about 12 minutes, until they are tender.
Add one teaspoon of oil to a large ovenproof skillet (preferably cast-iron) and warm over medium-high heat. Place the chicken breasts in the pan and sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon each of salt, pepper, and ground thyme.
Cook the chicken for about 5 minutes. Flip the chicken. It won’t be cooked through yet. You just want a crisp outer layer.
Place the skillet with the chicken in the oven. Bake for about 10-15 minutes, depending on the thickness of the chicken. You want the chicken cooked through. The cook time will depend on the thickness of the chicken you use. After it cooks, place the pan back on the stovetop and remove the chicken.
Set the pan over medium-high heat and add two tablespoons of oil and the potatoes, cut side down. Sprinkle the potatoes with one teaspoon of ground thyme. Cook for about 3-5 minutes, The potatoes should be brown on the edges.
Whisk the flour and water in a small bowl then add to the pan with salt and pepper, chicken broth, lemon, and green beans. Let this simmer for a couple of minutes until the liquid starts to thicken.
Return the chicken to the pan then reduce the heat and cover. Simmer for about 5 minutes. The green beans will be crisp-tender and the chicken warmed. Garnish with parsley and serve immediately.
Lemon Thyme Chicken Dinner with Potatoes and Green Beans
- 12 oz baby red potatoes (halved)
- 3 cups water
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- 4 chicken breasts (boneless, skinless)
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp pepper
- 2 tbsp ground thyme
- 1/4 cup milk
- 5 tsp all-purpose flour
- 2 cups chicken broth
- 1/2 lemon (sliced thin)
- 8 oz green beans
- 1 tbsp parsley
- Preheat the oven to 450F
- Add potatoes and water to a medium saucepan and boil for 12 minutes, until tender, and drain
- Heat a large ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat and add 1 tbsp oil
- Place the chicken in the pan and sprinkle with 1/4 tsp each of salt, pepper, and ground thyme
- Cook for 5 minutes, until browned on the bottom (chicken won’t be cooked through)
- Flip the chicken then place the entire pan in the oven and bake for 10-15 minutes, until the chicken is done
- Place the pan back on the stovetop and remove the chicken
- Set the pan to medium-high heat and add 2 tbsp oil
- Add the potatoes, cut side down, and brown for 3-5 minutes, stirring once
- In a small bowl, whisk the milk and flour, then pour that in the pan
- Add the remaining salt, pepper, and thyme as well as the chicken broth, lemon slices, and green beans
- Simmer for 1-2 minutes, until the liquid starts to thicken
- Place the chicken in the pan, cover, and simmer for about 3-5 minutes, until the chicken is warm and the green beans are crisp-tender
- Garnish with parsley and serve immediately
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