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One-Skillet Lemon Chicken with Summer Squash

One-Skillet Lemon Chicken with Summer Squash is a flavorful way to enjoy seasonal flavors and garden goodies. Prep and cook in just 30 minutes!

Lemon Chicken with Summer Squash cooked in one skillet and ready in 30 minutes.

One-Skillet Lemon Chicken with Summer Squash

When growing a garden, summer squash always seems to be one of the most abundant crops. We love summer squash cooked and prepped any way possible. Lemon chicken is one of my favorite summer dishes, so why not combine the two?!

Our family has been exploring healthier meal options and this is a fantastic choice! I love that it’s ready in 30 minutes and only requires one skillet. Less clean-up means we can focus on our family time rather than spending time cleaning up in the kitchen. It’s a win-win!

Lemon chicken with summer squash on plate with a fork.

Ingredients and Tools You’ll Need:

  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Fresh Lemon Juice
  • Dried Oregano
  • Garlic Cloves
  • Sea Salt
  • Black Pepper
  • Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts
  • Red Onion
  • Zucchini
  • Summer Squash
  • Fresh Parsley (optional)
  • Fresh Basil (optional)
  • Lemon Wedges
  • Large Glass Bowl (to marinate chicken)
  • Large, Non-Stick Skillet

Instructions:

Whisk 3 tablespoons olive oil, 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, oregano, and minced garlic together in a large bowl. Generously season with salt and black pepper, to taste, and stir to combine. Set aside.

Place the cubed chicken in a large bowl and pour half the marinade on top. Toss to combine and set aside.

Add the sliced zucchini and yellow squash to the original bowl with the marinade and toss to combine. Set aside.

Place a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add the remaining tablespoon olive oil and the sliced red onion. Season with salt and black pepper, to taste, and stir to combine. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion softens and start to develop some color, approximately 4-5 minutes.

Pour the seasoned chicken into the hot skillet and cook, stirring occasionally, until the chicken is golden brown and cooked through, approximately 8-10 minutes. Remove from heat and transfer the chicken and onions to a platter. Set aside.

Increase the heat to medium-high and add the seasoned zucchini and yellow squash to the skillet. Season with additional salt and black pepper, if desired. Cook, stirring occasionally, until crisp tender and nicely browned, approximately 3-5 minutes.

Return the chicken, onions, and juices to the skillet and stir to combine. Remove from heat and sprinkle with remaining fresh lemon juice, chopped parsley, and springs of fresh basil. Serve immediately with additional lemon wedges, if desired. Enjoy!

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Lemon Chicken with Summer Squash in one skillet

One-Skillet Lemon Chicken with Summer Squash

Yield: 4 Servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Enjoy the flavors of summer prepared in one skillet and in just 30 minutes!

Ingredients

  • ¼ c. extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • 3 T. fresh lemon juice, divided
  • 1 t. dried oregano
  • 2-3 garlic cloves, minced
  • Sea salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 1 lbs. chicken breasts, cubed
  • ½ large red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 small zucchini (or ½ large), sliced thin and cut into half rounds
  • 1 small yellow squash (or ½ large), sliced thin and cut into half rounds
  • Fresh parsley, chopped (garnish - optional)
  • Sprigs of fresh basil (garnish - optional)
  • Small lemon wedges (garnish - optional)

Instructions

Whisk 3 tablespoons olive oil, 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, oregano, and minced garlic together in a large bowl. Generously season with salt and black pepper, to taste, and stir to combine. Set aside.



Place the cubed chicken in a large bowl and pour half the marinade on top. Toss to combine and set aside.



Add the sliced zucchini and yellow squash to the original bowl with the marinade and toss to combine. Set aside.



Place a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add the remaining tablespoon olive oil and the sliced red onion. Season with salt and black pepper, to taste, and stir to combine. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion softens and start to develop some color, approximately 4-5 minutes.



Pour the seasoned chicken into the hot skillet and cook, stirring occasionally, until the chicken is golden brown and cooked through, approximately 8-10 minutes. Remove from heat and transfer the chicken and onions to a platter. Set aside.



Increase the heat to medium-high and add the seasoned zucchini and yellow squash to the skillet. Season with additional salt and black pepper, if desired. Cook, stirring occasionally, until crisp tender and nicely browned, approximately 3-5 minutes.
 



Return the chicken, onions, and juices to the skillet and stir to combine. Remove from heat and sprinkle with remaining fresh lemon juice, chopped parsley, and springs of fresh basil. Serve immediately with additional lemon wedges, if desired. Enjoy!

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 343Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 96mgSodium: 162mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 2gSugar: 4gProtein: 37g

This data was provided and calculated by Nutritionix on 8/15/2020

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