Deliciously simple Easy Chicken Limone. Pan-seared chicken to perfection served with a thick and glossy lemon butter sauce. A meal that is everything and more!
Simple Italian Lemon Chicken that is gluten free, low in carbs, and ready on the table in under 30 minutes.
I know you and the family are going to love it!
Chicken Limone on a white plate with a white knife and fork, parsley and slices of lemon.

What is Chicken Limone

Chicken Limone (also known as Pollo Limone) is the perfect family dinner. Chicken breast pan-fried until golden and served smothered in a rich unctuous lemon butter sauce. With only 168 calories and 3 net carbs, this is a healthy meal everyone can enjoy.

Chicken Limone vs Chicken Piccata

Chicken Limone is often confused with chicken piccata. The main difference between the two is capers. Chicken piccata has capers in the sauce.

Why You’ll Love Chicken Limone:

  • LOW CARB AND FAMILY FRIENDLY – Italian lemon butter chicken recipe has only 3g net carbs and is gluten-free!
  • HEALTHY – a simple one-pot meal is always a winner! It is quick to prepare and so easy to make.
  • INEXPENSIVE – easy supermarket ingredients that won’t break the budget.

Related Recipes: Italian Baked Chicken Thighs / Chicken Piccata

Ingredients & Substitutes

  • Chicken – use boneless skinless chicken breast fillets. Instead of chicken breasts, you can make chicken limone with thigh fillets instead.
  • Herbs – use fresh parsley and thyme. I don’t recommend using dried herbs in this dish. Possible fresh herb substitutes are coriander/cilantro or fresh chives.
  • Butter – use a good quality salted butter and extra virgin olive oil. The butter makes the sauce silky and glossy. If you need to use a dairy free replacement, make sure to add any extra salt flakes needed.
  • Fresh lemon – use fresh lemon juice and zest. The fresh lemon adds a zesty fresh flavour to the lemon butter sauce.
  • Gelatin – I use gelatin to thicken the sauce. It is gluten free and low in carbs compared to the usual all purpose flour or cornstarch. Gelatin gently thickens the lemon sauce and has no slimy or pasty residue.
  • Chicken broth – use fresh chicken stock or broth if you can. If you don’t have use dry white wine, vegetable stock or water.

Be sure to check out the full recipe and ingredient list below to make this keto-friendly recipe for chicken limone.

Optional extras – swap garlic and shallot for garlic powder and onion if needed. Roasted veggies go great with this Chicken Limone recipe. Eggplant, zucchini, pumpkin, potatoes or cauliflower. Add grated parmesan cheese and chicken stock for a creamy lemon butter chicken.

How to Make Chicken Limone

Step 1. Slice chicken breast fillets into half lengthwise. Season both sides well with salt and pepper.

Step 2. Heat oil in a large skillet or cast iron skillet over medium heat. Work in batches, fry each breast until lightly golden brown and cooked through, reaching an internal temperature of 74°C / 165°F. Remove from the pan and set aside on a plate.

Step 3. Add one tablespoon of oil to the pan. Add garlic and shallot, and sauté until the onion is translucent; about 2-3 minutes

Step 4. Add chicken stock, gelatin, and thyme. Bring to a simmer, scraping any browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Cook, stirring occasionally, until sauce has reduced and thickened slightly, about 3-4 minutes.

Tips & Tricks

  • Slice the chicken breasts with a sharp knife on a chopping board. They do not need to be beaten with a mallet or seasoned.
  • Continue to cook the sauce until it thickens. It will become thick like a loose gravy.
  • Making Chicken Limone in a Thermomix; extend the cooking time to reduce the sauce. It will thicken but may need extra time than the suggestion in the method.

Chicken Limone Leftover Hacks & Variations



  • Chicken Limone Pasta. Shred or serve the whole chicken on top of the pasta. Ladle over the lemon butter sauce and serve with shredded parmesan.
  • Shred leftover lemon chicken and fold through grilled or steamed cauliflower. Air fried green beans, creamy cauliflower mash, or cauliflower rice are also delicious with this Italian chicken dish.
  • Stir through capers, parmesan and cream for a tasty Chicken Piccata or Chicken Francese.

Storing

Fridge – store in the fridge for up to 4 days.

Freeze – can be stored as easy frozen dinners. Defrost in the fridge overnight.

Reheat – the microwave in short bursts at 30-second intervals. Alternatively, reheat in a covered heat-safe dish in the oven at 180°C until warmed through.

A close of Chicken Limone on a white plate with gold and white cutlery and fresh parsley.

Be sure to let us know how much you love our easy chicken limone recipe in the comments. Happy cooking and keep an eye out for more Italian chicken recipes coming soon. Meg x

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Italian Chicken Limone on a white plate with slices of lemon and fresh parsley fronds.

Easy Chicken Limone

Deliciously simple Easy Chicken Limone. Pan-seared chicken to perfection served with a thick and glossy lemon butter sauce. A meal that is everything and more!
Simple Italian Lemon Chicken that is gluten free, low in carbs, and ready on the table in under 30 minutes.
I know you and the family are going to love it!
5 from 75 votes!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Diet: Diabetic, Gluten Free
Recipe Category: Low Carb
Calories: 168kcal
Author: Megan Ellam
Servings: 4 people
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Ingredients 

  • 2 (2) chicken breast fillets about 250g / 1/2 pound each
  • Salt flakes and black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon (1 tablespoon) olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons (2 tablespoons) salted butter
  • 1 (1) golden shallot finely chopped
  • 2 cloves (2 cloves) garlic finely chopped
  • 3/4 cup (¾ cup) chicken stock or broth
  • 3 teaspoons (3 teaspoons) powdered gelatin or 1/2 teaspoon glucomannan powder
  • 1 teaspoon (1 teaspoon) fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 teaspoon (1 teaspoon) finely grated lemon zest
  • 3 tablespoons (3 tablespoons) lemon juice
  • Lemon slices and freshly chopped parsley to serve

Instructions

CONVENTIONAL METHOD

  • Slice chicken breast fillets into half lengthwise. Season both sides well with salt and pepper.
  • Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Work in batches, fry each breast until lightly golden brown and cooked through, reaching an internal temperature of 74°C / 165°F. Remove from the pan and set aside on a plate.
  • Add one tablespoon of oil to the pan. Add garlic and shallot, sauté until the onion is translucent; about 2-3 minutes.
  • Add chicken broth or stock, gelatin, and thyme. Bring to a simmer, scraping any browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Cook, stirring occasionally, until sauce has reduced and thickened slightly, about 3-4 minutes.
  • Stir in lemon zest and juice, and remaining butter. Once combined and the butter has melted, return the chicken to the pan and cook until heated through.

THERMOMIX METHOD

  • Slice chicken breast fillets into half lengthwise. Season both sides well with salt and pepper.
  • Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Work in batches, fry each breast until lightly golden brown on both sides. Remove from heat and place into the mixer.
  • Add one tablespoon of oil to the pan. Add garlic and shallot, sauté until the onion is translucent; about 2-3 minutes. Briefly deglaze the bottom of the pan with the stock and gelatin scraping any browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Transfer to mixer.
  • Add the thyme to mixer; cook 8 min/120°C/reverse/stir. Check chicken is cooked through.
  • Remove chicken, cover to keep warm.
  • Stir in lemon zest and juice, and remaining butter; cook 6 min/120°C/reverse/speed 1/cap off or until reduced. Pour the sauce over the warmed chicken.

Notes

Storing
Fridge – store in the fridge for up to 4 days.
Freeze – can be stored as easy frozen dinners. Defrost in the fridge overnight.
Reheat – the microwave in short bursts at 30-second intervals. Alternatively, reheat in a covered heat-safe dish in the oven at 180°C until warmed through.
Ingredients
  • Chicken – use boneless skinless chicken breast fillets. Instead of chicken breasts, you can make chicken limone with thigh fillets instead.
  • Herbs – use fresh parsley and thyme. I don’t recommend using dried herbs in this dish. Possible fresh herb substitutes are coriander/cilantro or fresh chives.
  • Fresh lemon – use fresh lemon juice and zest. The fresh lemon adds a zesty fresh flavour to the lemon butter sauce.
  • Gelatin – I use gelatin to thicken the sauce. It is gluten free and low in carbs compared to the usual all purpose flour or cornstarch. Gelatin gently thickens the lemon sauce and has no slimy or pasty residue.
  • Chicken broth – use fresh chicken stock or broth if you can. If you don’t have use dry white wine, vegetable stock or water.
Variations and Ways to Serve Chicken Limone
 
  • Chicken Limone Pasta. Shred or serve the whole chicken on top of pasta. Ladle over the lemon butter sauce and serve with shredded parmesan.
  • Shred leftover lemon chicken and fold through grilled or steamed cauliflower. Air fried green beanscreamy cauliflower mash, or cauliflower rice are also delicious with this Italian chicken dish.
  • Stir through capers, parmesan and cream for a tasty Chicken Piccata or Chicken Francese. For creamy lemon sauce chicken; serve the chicken limone sauce over grilled chicken thighs or boneless chicken breasts. 

Your Own Notes

Nutrition

Serving: 1serve | Calories: 168kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 52mg | Sodium: 281mg | Potassium: 262mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 218IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 0.5mg | Magnesium: 19mg | Net Carbs: 3g
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43 responses to “Easy Chicken Limone”

  1. 5 stars
    This is one of my husband’s favorite dishes that I made. It is so easy and so delicious!

    1. Megan Mad Creations Hub

      So awesome to hear Amy!

  2. Erin

    5 stars
    This was great! I was unsure of the gelatin but I followed your directions and it came out perfectly. Thanks!

    1. Megan Mad Creations Hub

      You are very welcome

  3. 5 stars
    Delicious! I think chicken with sauce and a little citrus is one of life’s perfect combinations – simple, easy to make, and totally full of flavor. This recipe is delightful and we will definitely make it again.

    1. Megan Mad Creations Hub

      It is so good together isn’t it

  4. Jamie

    5 stars
    Wow! This chicken dish is incredibly so yummy and very delicious! It’s simple to make plus it’s a gluten-free! Only need 30 minutes to have is a big thumbs up from me too.

  5. 5 stars
    Oh my god, have tried your Chicken Limone recipe and it is seriously fantastic – the tangy lemon sauce just takes the chicken to a whole other level!

    1. Megan Mad Creations Hub

      It is so good isn’t it!

  6. 5 stars
    I was so happy to find your recipe! My husband does not like capers, and I really miss chicken piccata, so this was just perfect for the two of us – such a special weeknight dinner, and easy!!

    1. Megan Mad Creations Hub

      I am so happy you enjoyed it Jessica

  7. 5 stars
    I love Citrus flavors and this dish is so easy and bursting with flavors. Perfect side dish for a festive Dinner or party. My family to love it.

    1. Megan Mad Creations Hub

      Yay! That is so good to hear Veena

  8. 5 stars
    We loved this chicken! The citrus flavor shined through in each bite and made it extra flavorful. Added this to a salad and it was perfect!

    1. Megan Mad Creations Hub

      I am so happy you enjoyed the dish.

  9. 5 stars
    After enjoying this recipe I am convinced that lemon and chicken were made for each other. Amazing!

    1. Megan Mad Creations Hub

      Yay!

  10. Elizabeth

    5 stars
    My whole family loved this chicken! Thanks for the recipe!

    1. Megan Mad Creations Hub

      You are very welcome

  11. 5 stars
    Easy chicken Limone was delicious. Tha absolute perfect meal.

    1. Megan Mad Creations Hub

      It sure is

  12. Stephanie

    5 stars
    This chicken limone recipe will be added to our recipe box for sure! Just the right amount of lemon flavor – and it looks and tastes like a gourmet entree!

    1. Megan Mad Creations Hub

      I am so happy you enjoyed it Stephanie.

  13. 5 stars
    Tender and juicy chicken, this chicken limone was delicious. I’m certainly going to make this more often!

    1. Megan Mad Creations Hub

      Yay! That makes me so happy!

  14. Gloria

    5 stars
    It’s always a delight when the simple dishes taste like gourmet. This is great for any night of the week.

    1. Megan Mad Creations Hub

      It sure is. Thanks for the review Gloria.

  15. 5 stars
    Easy roast dinner that comes in handy for our weeknight meals! Thank you 🙏🏼

    1. Megan Mad Creations Hub

      You are very welcome.

  16. 5 stars
    Such a great recipe! We loved that lemony flavor. Perfect with the weather warming up.

    1. Megan Mad Creations Hub

      It sure is! Thanks for taking the time to leave a review.

  17. 5 stars
    I’ve had chicken limone before, but this recipe is way better than that one was! Such a nice change for dinner!

    1. Megan Mad Creations Hub

      Yay! I like hearing it was better 🤣

  18. 5 stars
    Just the perfect amount of lemon to accent the flavors in the chicken. This one is getting added to regular rotation!

    1. Megan Mad Creations Hub

      Enjoy!

  19. 5 stars
    I didn’t have shallots, so I used a little bit of onion instead, and this still came out amazing!

    1. Megan Mad Creations Hub

      Yay! So happy you enjoyed it

  20. jessie

    5 stars
    Just what I was after Megan! The chicken limone was awesome. We had it with you beans and feta and it was all delicious. There were no leftovers but I did like the ideas to add to pasta (your recipe of course). Next time. xx Thanks for another tasty dinner.

    1. Megan Mad Creations Hub

      You are very welcome Jessie

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