Sun-Dried Tomato Lemon Chicken
This week is Spring Break so we drove to North Carolina. It took two days of driving and I am happy to be out of that car. My children are getting non-stop attention from their grandparents. They’re soaking up every drop of that!
I have three recipes lined up for this week so it will be business as usual here on the blog. Let’s kick things off with some Sun-Dried Tomato Lemon Chicken.
This dish includes a few of my very favorite things: sun-dried tomatoes, capers, and lemon.
I was an adult the first time I tried sun-dried tomatoes and capers. I suppose they just weren’t ingredients my parents cooked with when I was a child. I’ve made it my mission to make up for lost time since. Both have such distinct flavors. Sun-dried tomatoes are sweet but not sweet in the way that fruit is. Do you know what I mean? The flavor is more layered. Capers are briney and salty. They’re so small that they don’t overpower but they add a little burst of something special in every bite.
And of course we all know I’m in a very serious relationship with lemon. It’s pretty exclusive these days.
Season your chicken and sauté in a skillet until browned. The key to achieving that golden color is making sure you’re sautéing the chicken on medium-high heat. Anything less yields beige chicken and nobody wants that.
Then add the remaining ingredients to create a vibrant and super flavorful sauce. This entire dish takes less than 30 minutes! How’s that for fast and easy?
Plus it’s all dairy free, gluten free, Whole30, and Paleo!
Serve this skillet chicken over traditional rice or cauliflower rice and alongside your favorite roasted veggies. That’s a meal that always earns rave reviews!
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Sun-Dried Tomato Lemon Chicken
- 4 chicken breasts
- 2 tbsp olive oil, extra virgin
- salt & pepper
- 1 tbsp dried basil
Sun-Dried Tomato Lemon Sauce
- 3/4 cup chicken stock
- 1/4 cup unsweetened canned coconut milk
- 1/3 cup lemon juice
- 1/2 cup julienne cut sun-dried tomatoes , drained
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp pepper
- 1 tsp minced garlic, or 2 cloves garlic
- 2 tbsp brined capers, rinsed
- 5 oz fresh spinach, or spinach/arugula mix (my favorite)
- Add olive oil to saute pan or cast iron skillet. Heat pan to medium high heat.
- Add chicken to hot pan. Sprinkle salt, pepper, and dried basil on top of each breast. Cook until browned, about 5 minutes. Flip chicken. Cook until remaining side of chicken is browned, about 5 minutes.
- Reduce heat to low. Add chicken stock, canned coconut milk, lemon juice, sun-dried tomatoes (make sure you drained the oil), salt, pepper, garlic, and capers. Cover and let simmer on medium low heat for 2 to 3 minutes to heat sauce.
- Add spinach leaves. Stir a little so they're in the sauce and not just covering your chicken. Cover and let simmer for 2 to 3 minutes until leaves start to wilt.
46 Comments on “Sun-Dried Tomato Lemon Chicken”
Sundried Lemon Sauce sounds delicious.. I would love to try them on for Pasta.
Yes, this would be yummy on pasta!
Oh my goodness this looks so delicious! I’m always looking for new things to do with chicken breasts, and these are some of my favorite flavors too. Pinned 🙂
Thanks so much for pinning! <3
This sounds so delicious – I love all those things! especially the sun dried tomatoes. Plus, who doesn’t LOVE an easy one pot meal???
Nobody I want to know! 😉
I am loving all the bold flavors in this chicken dish. Looks and sounds delicious!
Wow I bet this is delicious! And it looks relatively simple which is nice for a weeknight dinner!
It definitely is simple! Less than 30 minutes!
Sun dried tomatoes are my love language! This looks lovely and my kids will like it too – thanks for the great dinner idea!
I adore them too! So much flavor!
I am loving the addition of the capers AND the sun dried tomatoes! So much flavor happening!
They go so well together! Thanks, Tessa!
Ok, so sun-dried tomatoes are like one of the best foods on the planet, in my humble opinion. The fact that you mixed them with lemon and slathered them on chicken lets me know that we’re besties. 🙂
YUM! Love this colorful dish and with coconut milk, oh yes!
I do love my colors! 😉 Thanks, Joni!
I’m getting hungry 🙂 Yummy!
Thanks so much!
Swoon. One word. Ok maybe two, incredible! Ok three…pinned!
Lol thank you for pinning! <3
I just love this combination. The sun dried tomatoes and capers must add so much flavours. What a brilliant recipe!
Thanks so much! I hope you enjoy it!
Looks delicious! I love the addition of coconut milk to the sauce!
So yummy. I love mixing sun dried tomatoes with something creamy and adding the capers is such a great idea!
What a beautiful dish! I love the extra punch of flavour that sun-dried tomatoes provide.
I love all of the flavours you have used in this dish! So quick and easy to put together, perfect for a weeknight meal!
Oh this looks soooo yummmm Christina !!! We eat a lot of chicken hence I’m always looking for more chicken recipes to try. Bookmarking this to try soon 🙂
Thank you, Molly! We go through a ton of chicken here too!
Making this as I type! YUM!
One question.. how much garlic? You mention in instructions but not in ingredient list.
1 tsp minced garlic, updated! Thank you!!!!!
BTW… this was so amazing! Definitely making this again! Thanks!
So happy to hear that! <3
Made this the other night. I was so quick and easy to make. Had all ingredients on had except for capers, but it was DELICIOUS! My hubby slurped the remaining sauce. It was the perfect blend of flavors. Definitely a recipe to keep! Thanks for sharing.
This is beyond delicious and easy. I made it again last night but only had bone in chicken so i did it as a braise. phenomenal
This was AMAZING!! Made it tonight, and we really loved it. I expect that it will become a regular meal in our house. Quick, easy, delicious, and very little dishes! Two satisfied thumbs up! I used chicken thighs because it’s what I had on hand, but I wouldn’t change a thing.
Could you substitute pasta for the spinach? Or perhaps a different vegetable?
Used boxed coconut milk, doubled it, skipped the capers and added some rice to soak up the liquid. Also used some bacon fat to sauté the chicken instead of the olive oil. Delicious.
I just made this for dinner and YUM, YUM, YUM! Thank you for making Whole 30 much more manageable! I can’t wait to try some of your other recipes!
This recipe is delicious, just finished making it. I might cut back on the amount of lemon juice I used since the lemon was super overpowering.
So good and quick!! Yum!!
This recipe is so delicious, and it looks that way with all the bright colors! Bonus! I served it over mashed potatoes. Everyone loved it!
I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Thank you, Susan!!