Sheet Pan Lemon Pepper Chicken

Lemon Pepper Chicken is baked on a sheet pan with a crispy Parmesan crust and cooked with green beans for a one pan dinner that your whole family will love.

299 CALORIES10g CARBS10g FAT43g PROTEIN
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Coated with a crispy parmesan crust and baked to perfection alongside fresh green beans, Sheet Pan Lemon Pepper Chicken is the ultimate one-pan meal. This healthy recipe is low-carb, easy to make, and packed with incredible flavors.

To say I have a thing for one-pan meals would be a serious understatement. By cooking an entire meal on a single pan, I can cut down on both time and dirty dishes. It’s a win-win, what’s not to love?

This Lemon Pepper Chicken is made with a cheesy, seasoned breadcrumb mixture and baked in the oven with green beans for a complete meal. All you have to do is press your chicken breasts into a simple egg wash, coat them with the breadcrumb mixture, then bake them to crispy perfection.

I have made this dish for everything from family dinners to social gatherings and it has yet to let me down. It’s also incredible for meal prepping, so I like to make extras to serve as lunches throughout the week.

This dish is super easy to make and comes together in just 30 minutes. There are many, many evenings when I am beyond exhausted and cannot fathom the idea of spending an hour (or more) in the kitchen and using 5 different pots and pans. Enter: the sheet pan meal.

I could honestly go on for days about the superpower and secret weapon that is the sheet pan meal, but I think you get the gist of it. From Sheet Pan Caprese Chicken to Sheet Pan Pork Chops, there are endless varieties to choose from. Simply choose your protein and your favorite veggies, then get cooking!

Lemon pepper breaded chicken cutlets and roasted green beans on a white sheet pan.

Key Ingredients

To make this delicious healthy recipe, you will need the following key ingredients:

  • Chicken cutlets: These are just thin chicken breasts. If you can’t find cutlets, you can buy regular boneless skinless chicken breasts and slice them in two through the middle to create your own cutlets.
  • Panko breadcrumbs: This helps form the delicious crispy parmesan coating on top of the chicken cutlets. Regular breadcrumbs work fine, but I prefer to use Panko to get an extra crispy crust.
  • Parmesan cheese: For the best results, grate your own parmesan at home. If this isn’t an option, you can buy grated parmesan or chop up shredded parmesan until it resembles the grated kind.
  • Eggs: You will need to whisk these into an egg wash to ensure that the crispy parmesan coating sticks to the chicken cutlets.
  • Green beans: If you want to swap this out for another veggie, some of my favorite choices include broccoli, asparagus, and zucchini.
  • Lemon pepper: This seasoning mix is made with black pepper, salt, and lemon zest. You can make your own at home or use a store-bought mix. If you opt for the latter, make sure it uses real lemon zest and not extract or fake lemon flavor.

What is lemon pepper seasoning?

Lemon pepper seasoning is traditionally made with lemon zest, black pepper, and salt. Generally, there are two different types available in the grocery store- ones that use real lemon zest and ones that use lemon extract or "fake" lemon flavor. You want to look for one that uses real lemon zest otherwise, it can have a fake lemon flavor. Trader Joe's makes a good one that comes in a grinder.

Sheet Pan Chicken Cooking Tips

Here are some of my top tips to help you make this dish:

  • For a stunning presentation, try garnishing with lemon slices and fresh parsley just before serving the dish.
  • For extra flavor, marinate it in lemon juice and minced garlic before breading the chicken.
  • If you’re looking for extra crispy chicken, add a tablespoon of olive oil or butter to the breadcrumb mixture before coating the chicken. Not only does it produce even crispier chicken, but it also adds rich and delicious flavor.
  • For a keto-friendly version, swap out the Panko breadcrumbs for extra Parmesan cheese.
  • Don’t have any green beans? No worries. You can swap this out for almost any other veggie you have at home. Some of my top picks include zucchini, asparagus, broccoli, bell peppers, and onions.

Sheet pan chicken breast with lemon pepper seasoning and breading served with roasted green beans on a plate.

What to Serve With Lemon Pepper Chicken

While this recipe is a meal on all its own, sometimes I like to add an extra side to make it a larger meal. Since we’ve already got the protein and veggie components covered, you can add a healthy starch or grain. Here are some of my favorite side dishes to serve with lemon pepper chicken:

Storage and Leftovers

This dish can be stored together in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3-4 days. It makes for a fantastic meal prep recipe, so I often like to make extra servings and store them in separate meal prep containers to enjoy as quick lunches throughout the week.

If you want to freeze this dish, I recommend storing the chicken separately from the green beans. When stored in separate airtight containers, the chicken will keep in the freezer for up to 4 months and the green beans will keep for up to 8 months.

Frequently Asked Questions

Below you will find the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about this dish:

Yes! This dish is low in calories and carbs. It’s also high in protein, vitamins, and minerals. It’s naturally gluten-free, dairy-free, and sugar-free. The list goes on, but basically what I’m saying is that sheet pan chicken and green beans is an incredibly healthy dish.

Absolutely. You can easily make your own lemon pepper seasoning at home with 2 tablespoons of lemon zest, 1 tablespoon of black pepper, and 1 tablespoon of kosher salt. This is an especially great option if you can’t find a store-bought seasoning that uses real lemon zest.

I like to use chicken cutlets, which are thinly sliced chicken breasts. This is mainly because they cook faster than other cuts. However, you can also use regular chicken breasts cut in half, boneless skinless chicken thighs, or chicken tenders.

The Recipe
Sheet pan lemon pepper chicken coated with breadcrumbs and Parmesan cheese on a plate with roasted green beans,

Sheet Pan Lemon Pepper Chicken

PREP TIME: 15 Min
COOK TIME: 20 Min
TOTAL TIME: 35 Min
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    Ingredients

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    • 1.33 lbs boneless skinless chicken cutlets
    • 2 U eggs, whisked
    • 1/3 cup panko breadcrumbs
    • 1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese
    • 1 tsp. lemon pepper
    • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
    • Salt and pepper
    • 3 cups green beans
    • 2 tsp. olive oil

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    Instructions

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    1

    Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray (cover with foil for easier clean up). Combine the panko breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, lemon pepper, garlic powder, salt, and pepper on a shallow plate.

    Parmesan cheese, panko breadcrumbs,, and lemon pepper seasoning in a small bowl.
    2

    Press one side of the chicken into the egg and then into the panko and Parmesan mixture. Place it on the baking sheet with the breading up. To make it extra crispy, spray the chicken with cooking spray or drizzle with a little olive oil.

    Chicken cutlets being breaded in a shallow bowl.
    3

    Toss the green beans with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Spread out on the baking sheet around the chicken. If you prefer your green beans more tender-crisp, add them in the last 8 minutes of cooking.

    Green beans being tossed with olive oil, salt, and pepper.
    4

    Cook for 15 minutes until chicken is cooked through and tender.

    Baked lemon pepper chicken cutlets on a sheet pan with roasted green beans.
    Nutritional Facts
    Serving Size: 6 oz. chicken and 3/4 cup green beans
    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 299
    Calories from Fat 67
    % Daily Value *
    Total Fat 10g
    12%
    Saturated Fat 3g
    14%
    Monounsaturated Fat 0g
    0%
    Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
    0%
    Cholesterol 100mg
    33%
    Sodium 275mg
    12%
    Total Carbohydrate 10g
    3%
    Dietary Fiber 2g
    9%
    Sugars 3g
    Protein 43g

    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

    The Nutritional Values provided are estimates only and may vary based on the preparation method.

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    4 Comments
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    Barbara
    October 30, 2018 - 15:32
    I'm not seeing the WW points. Did they get left out by mistake?
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    January 28, 2019 - 15:40
    It has 3 WW Freestyle Smartpoints. They are listed at the top of the page.
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    Amanda
    October 30, 2018 - 12:38
    How can this weight of chicken possibly be cooked in this short of time. It should take ar least 30 mi
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    October 30, 2018 - 13:36
    They are chicken cutlets, which are much thinner than a traditional chicken breast, so they cook significantly faster. If you only have larger chicken breasts, I would recommend cutting them in half horizontally to create two thinner pieces of chicken. That way they will cook more quickly.
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