Parmesan Lemon Chicken

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The Parmesan Lemon Chicken is one of my kids favorite meals. I really only share our favorites on here, so you have to know it’s major when I do.

Parmesan Lemon Chicken


This recipe was first introduced to me by my friend Linda over 7 years ago when she gave me a cookbook full of her favorite recipes upon moving away from me.  I met Linda nearly 12 years ago when I first moved to Austin. I was BIG and pregnant with my second son, and my first son was not quite two. Linda’s husband came with the men from church to help us unpack our u-haul truck into our new apartment. He said they had a son about a similar age as ours, and that he thought his wife and I would be good friends. Little did he know then, that she’d become one of my best friends.  She told me about a park play day, where we met and chatted.  Then just a week later, I had my baby (3 weeks early) and they are who we called in the middle of the night to drop off our oldest while racing to the hospital. That experience cemented our friendship. We spent those early mothering days going to parks, working on scrapbook spreads, and watching Oprah together. Her husband was in school, and mine with his first job out of school, we were also poor together. That helped when seeing to many others seem to spend like there is no tomorrow.  We had 5 solid years together, she and I. Then her husband graduated (PhD) and they moved to Florida, then Illinois. I’ve visited her in both spots and we still keep in touch pretty regularly.


My friend Linda really inspired me to be a better cook for my family back then. The recipe I use the most in that cookbook is this lemon chicken, so now I share it with all of you, my friends!

This recipe starts with chicken tenders, but I like to slice them down a bit smaller. Pre cook it on the stove top like this:

skillet chicken

Then toss it into a casserole dish of sorts with the sauce and broil it for under 10 minutes

casserole chicken


Parmesan Chicken

I often throw in some partially cooked broccoli to cook all together like this:

broccoli lemon chicken

I love how broiling chars it just a bit.

5 from 2 votes
Parmesan Lemon Chicken
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
35 mins
A most delicious dinner even the kids love!
Course: Main Dish
Servings: 6
Author: Kristen Duke
  • 12 chicken tenders cut to bite sized if desired
  • 2 T lemon juice
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 T white grape juice concentrate I make juice for dinner with the rest
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
  • salt and pepper
  1. Cook chicken tenders in buttered saucepan until brined and cooked through.
  2. Place chick in casserole dish
  3. In same saucepan, add lemon juice, lemon peel, white grape juice concentrate. Keep on low heat and add heavy whipping cream, with a few dashed of salt and pepper.
  4. When bubbling, pour over chicken tenders.
  5. Top with a generous amount of parmesan cheese.
  6. Place in oven on broil for 7-12 minutes.
  7. Serve over mashed potatoes, rice, or quinoa

Lemon Chicken

You’ll more than likely see this in the round up in this weeks Family Meal Plan 😉


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  1. This looks great! I have a feeling my family would love it! Trying it soon!

  2. Nicole says:

    My husband and I were just talking we needed a new recipe to get the kids to eat more chicken (or anything that’s not a noodle 🙂

    This looks simple enough! How much lemon peel is added? And is this a real heavy dish? I ask because of the cream and sometimes that can get too rich for me.

    • Kristen Duke says:

      I actually don’t always put in the lemon peel. If I don’t have fresh lemons on hand, I’ll use juice in my fridge. If I do have a lemon, I’ll just grate the peel a teaspoon or less. It isn’t too heavy, it’s actually a small amount of sauce, so it doesn’t get dredged in the food, but just a touch.

  3. Danelle says:

    Ok, so maybe I am a little dense, but what is the white grape juice concentrate? The frozen stuff in a can?

    • Kristen Duke says:

      Yes!!! I should edit to add that. It’s in the freezer section by the frozen orange juice! Thanks for asking!

  4. Maria says:

    This sounds really good, will have to try it soon.

    (not to sound all nit picky or like that annoying nerd back in school, but in the ingredients list, you wrote “shipping” cream, just thought I’d point that out even though everyone knows what it’s supposed to be, lol)

    • Kristen Duke says:

      Thank you, I do actually appreciate a call out on typo’s!

  5. I bet this is indeed amazing, Kristen! What a wonderful recipe from your friend!

    • Kristen Duke says:

      Thank you, Angie, you are so sweet! It’s fun to be reminded of my friend when I make it;)

  6. Amanda says:

    Some of my favorite flavors! 🙂

  7. Tonia says:

    My family loves parmesan chicken so I’ve got to try your recipe next time!

  8. This looks fantastic, and simple, and sounds delicious. In other words – perfect for my family. I’ll be trying this this week.

  9. I think my family would love this!

  10. Lisa says:

    This one was definitely worth pinning. I can’t wait to try it! Following on fb & twitter – I’d love it if you’d return the favor 🙂

  11. Joanna says:

    I am a beginner cook so this question might be silly, but what size of casserole dish did you use? In the pictures it looked smaller than a 9X13. Thanks! Can’t wait to try this dish.

  12. Laura says:

    Any substitutions for the grape juice concentrate? I live in a place now that doesn’t sell it. Can I just use regular grape juice? Also.. the broccoli.. you don’t mention that in the recipe but it’s in your pictures/descriptions.. I’d like to make it with the broccoli, any changes I need to make to the recipe?

    • Kristen Duke says:

      You can just use lemon juice, I did the other day, no problem. I just cook broccoli separate, then throw it in to get a little crunch to it for a few minutes at the end of the broil of the chicken!


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