Spicy Lemon Basil Chicken

I see my basil outside and know it won’t last long since the weather is changing. My husband isn’t a fan of pesto, so I can only use it in small amounts. I feel panicked and have been using them in anything and everything! I love fresh herbs, they give food a great boost of flavor. Combine fresh herbs with fresh lemons and you have a delicious easy to prepare dinner. 

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Basil is a good source of vitamin K. Vitamin K is important for blood coagulation and our bone health. Basil also provides vitamin A in the form of beta-carotene. Beta-carotene helps protect our body from free-radical damage and reduces the risk for cardiovascular disease. Basil contains nutrients like magnesium, calcium, folate, potassium, iron, and vitamin C.

Fresh Basil Nutrition

(2 Tablespoons)
Calories 2 
Vitamin A 280 IU
Vitamin K 22 mcg

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Spicy Lemon Basil Chicken is one of my favorite go-to quick cooking meals. This chicken pairs well with just about any fresh vegetable. 

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I love when I find a dish that is easy to prepare and big in flavor. Spicy Lemon Basil Chicken is just that…the fresh basil and lemon juice give the chicken a bright burst of flavor, while the Tabasco gives a nice kick. 


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Spicy Lemon Basil Chicken
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Serves: 2
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • ½ cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1 Tbsp fresh basil, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, pressed
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp Tabasco sauce
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  1. Trim any visible fat from chicken. Season each chicken breast with salt and pepper. In a small bowl mix panko, basil and garlic together with a fork, to break up the garlic. Coat both sides of chicken with the panko mixture.
  2. Whisk lemon juice, honey, Tabasco together in a small bowl, set aside.
  3. Add olive oil to a large nonstick skillet and heat over medium heat.
  4. Add chicken to skillet and brown both side and cook until done, about 10-12 minutes.
  5. Pour lemon sauce over the chicken, cook 1 minute. Flip to coat both sides.
  6. Serve and enjoy.
Slightly Adapted from Cuisine at Home


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  1. I love fresh basil too, but no one in my family likes it, so I never get to use it in my cooking! This dish looks awesome though! And I like how simple and quick it looks, so I think I’ll give it a try soon, wven if I have to make it just for myself 😉

    • Sounds like we are in the same boat. This dish is nice because the basil is finely chopped and not too overpowering. You should give it a try the spicy lemon sauce is amazing 😀

  2. Ohhh! We LOVE fresh basil here!! And this looks like dinner to me!! My husband JUST said, “What’s for dinner tomorrow?” Thank you, Cindy – we are having Spicy Lemon Basil Chicken!! I have to use that basil up before the plant dies. I’m actually surprised it’s lasted this long! (I kill all plants!) But I don’t want it to go to waste!
    SO excited to make this tomorrow!! Yay!!

    • My husband always saying I really good at buying plants, but horrible about watering them. Things tend to die around here. I thought my herbs were dead and had pretty much given up on them and next thing I know I have huge plants! I told my husband, “see, they really don’t need water.” lol
      Hope you enjoy this chicken. I love the delicious lemon basil sauce, so I spoon a little extra on each plate when serving.

      • Cindy … this was AWESOME!!!!! My whole family LOVED it!!!! My youngest – who has a sensitive palate – thought it was a little spicy, but she happily ate every last bite (without complaining)! The rest of us were pretty much licking the pan. Thanks for an amazing recipe! :)

      • Gretchen, I’m so happy you and your family enjoyed it! I’ve been making it for several years and it never fails to please. My daughter freaks out when she gets a hint of spice, but luckily the lemon and honey make it bearable for her. My son was like that too, but has grown to love spicy food. Maybe they have too many tastebuds. I would always joke with my daughter that she could be a super-taster with her sensitive palate. Lol


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