Lemon, Basil and Honey Glazed Chicken


Those lemon, basil and honey glazed chicken breasts are so flavorful and simple they may become a regular meal in your home. I’ve had this combination of ingredients in my mind for a while, because lemon and basil get together just perfectly.

I first tried to make a creamy sauce with an evaporated milk base (yes, I know, I’m totally obsessed with evaporated and condensed milk). It was delicious but not totally satisfying: lemon and evaporated milk don’t like each other and the sauce was separating. That’s not a problem regarding the taste but the result is not pretty. And I like pretty meals. I’m still working on that version because it was really really good and I still hope to find a solution (if you want to know everything, I need to find a healthy and preferably skinny emulsifier to help the sauce keep together. Maybe honey, or mustard. We’ll see).

In the meantime, I found that soaking the chicken breasts in a lemon basil and honey marinade was different but just as delectable as the creamy sauce. Not to mention the glaze…

In most recipes calling for a marinating step, you’re asked to toss the mixture before cooking the meat. And I don’t like that at all. First, because this is usually the luscious part of the recipe and second…what a waist! So instead, in this recipe, I also used the marinade to create a delicious lemony glaze. 

The chicken breasts are first browned on each side with olive oil. The marinade is then poured in the skillet to deglaze the meat juices and finish the cooking. The result is a caramelized glaze loaded with flavors and a super moist chicken. Who’s hungry now?

Please note that the pictures do not do justice to this dish very well. It actually tastes way better than it looks on those pics. I’ll reshoot them as soon as possible. I hope you’ll try them anyway because, trust me, it’s GOOD!

Lemon, Basil and Honey Glazed Chicken


Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 8 minutes

Total Time: 18 minutes

Yield: Serves 4

Serving Size: 1/2 chicken breast

Cal: 176.5 - Protein: 25.2g - Fat: 4.26g - Carbs: 8.95g - Fiber: 0.12g - Sugar: 7.57g - WW Old Points: 4 pts - Points+: 4 pts


  • 2 large chicken breasts
  • The juice of 3 lemons
  • 1 1/2 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 1 tsp powdered garlic
  • 12 fresh basil leaves, roughly chopped
  • salt (to taste)
  • freshly cracked pepper (to taste)
  • 1 tsp olive oil


  1. Cut chicken breasts in half lengthwise to make 4 pieces (try to make them equal sized for an even cooking). Place them in a large dish or in ziplock bags.
  2. In a bowl, combine lemon juice, honey, water, garlic and basil. Add salt and pepper to taste. Pour the mixture on chicken breasts and let marinate in the fridge for at least half an hour (one ideally).
  3. When chicken has marinated, heat olive oil in a non stick skillet, on high heat. Remove chicken from marinade, paying attention to remove all the basil leaves that may have sticked to the breasts (or it will burn while cooking).
  4. When skillet is very hot, brown chicken breasts 2 minutes per side (4 minutes total). Pour the marinade in the skillet and mix well to get all the meat juices. The marinade should become brown instantly.
  5. Reduce to medium heat and cook for about 5 additional minutes, basting the sauce over the chicken breasts regularly. Chicken is ready when no longer pink inside, and when the sauce has reduced by half. Do not over cook or the chicken will be dry.
  6. To serve, place chicken on a plate, and spoon sauce on top. Serve immediately.


If you wish to freeze it, place your uncooked chicken with the marinade in a ziplock bag, and take it out the freezer 15 hours before cooking it.

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  1. Adding marinade back to the dish that raw chicken has sat in is a no no! Total contamination risk. Would you make extra instead to add after the chicken has browned? This looks great otherwise!

    1. That’s a good point, I didn’t think of the raw chicken issue at all. Thanks for pointing that out! You could totally prepare additional marinade instead.

  2. Hi Marie,

    Just found your website today and love your recipes! Will be back often … definitely the way I like to cook and eat.

    In response to Ceejay, I think if you made a little more marinade, removed the chicken to a plate before adding the marinade and brought the marinade to a boil, while scraping up the browned bits, it would solve the contamination problem. I would boil it for 2 minutes or so, reduce to a rapid simmer and return the chicken along with any accumulated juices and follow the recipe from there. This recipe sounds great!

    1. Hi Cathy, thank you very much for your sweet comment! I’m very glad you enjoy my blog 🙂 As for this recipe, thanks for your input. It sounds like a great way to avoid the contamination problem AND have a delicious chicken at the end 😉 I need to take some new photos of this dish so I’ll try your method then.

  3. Sorry for the duplication Marie! My original response failed, or so i was told by World Press, so I reposted as a reply! Feel free to delete either and this comment. Thanks again, this, as well as many of your recipes sounds fantastic!

  4. I love messing around with marinades and when I was thinking about dinner for tonight I thought, how about lemon basil and honey. Since you have perfected it already I will use your recipe as a guideline and ill surely be back on your website because I like the way you think when it comes to food haha

    1. Great minds think alike 😉 lemon, basil and honey is an awesome combo, love it. I would be glad to see you around again soon Matt!

  5. I turned the extra marinade in to a sauce by first adding some water and simmering it for 15 minutes to make sire that there is no cross contamination than I added a slurry of cornstarch and water to thicken it than ye have a nice sauce to add to some cooked rice when ye serve it over rice chicken and steamed broccoli, or steamed cauliflower.

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