Sheet Pan Lemon Pepper Chicken

A healthy Sheet Pan Lemon Pepper Chicken complete with green beans that is cooked on one sheet pan and ready in just twenty minutes!

One of the most common requests I recieve is for easy chicken recipes that are family friendly. Today I am sharing one of those recipes. I mean who doesn’t love crispy, cheesy, lemony chicken? It’s packed with flavor and other than a little work breading the chicken, it’s an easy meal that you can make on a busy weeknight.

Lemon Pepper Chicken with green beans on a sheet pan.

The real magic of this recipe comes in the crunchy, lemony breading. It’s made with a combination of Panko breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, and lemon pepper seasoning. If you haven’t used lemon pepper seasoning before, it’s basically a combination of granulated lemon zest and black pepper. One note, it’s important to buy a lemon pepper seasoning that uses real lemons and not lemon extract, which can end up tasting a little artificial. Usually I buy this one and love that I can see the actual lemon. You can also make your own by adding lemon zest and black pepper to the breading mixture.

The other critical element of the breading is the Parmesan cheese. It adds a nutty and salty element that pairs perfect with the lemon and pepper. And in my opinion, everything tastes better with a little cheese. This breading is only used on one side of the chicken. Not only does this reduce the amont of breading needed, it also ensures that we don’t end up with soggy breading on half the chicken.

Weight watchers Lemon Pepper Chicken on a gray sheet pan with green beans.

Tips for Making this Lemon Pepper Chicken and Green Beans

  • Make your own lemon pepper seasoning for the chicken using fresh lemon zest and black pepper. You can also marinate the chicken in some lemon juice and garlic before breading it to add some extra flavor.
  • For a low carb version, skip the Panko breadcrumbs and double up on the Parmesan cheese.
  • Looking for the crispiest chicken? One trick is to mix a small amount of olive oil or melted butter into the breading. Using just a small amount, a tablespoon or so for the entire recipe, will create a really crunchy texture and ensure you get the crispiness you are looking for.
  • You can use almost any quick cooking vegetable for this recipe – green beans, broccoli, aspragus, zucchini, cauliflower, etc. Season it simply with salt and pepper or add your own spice blend. You can also make some extra panko and Parmesan breading for the vegetables if your family doesn’t love plain veggies. It will give them some crunch and can make them more appealling for non veggie lovers.

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Here are some of the products and tools I used to create this recipe.

  • Lemon pepper seasoning: This is my favorite one since it freshly grinds the pepper and lemon peel resulting in a natural and really flavorful seasoning. 
  • Baking sheet: There are so many options out there but I have been using this brand for years and find they hold up really well.

Post Author: MNS Master