Creamy Lemon Mustard Chicken (Without Cream)

Juicy chunks of bite-sized chicken in a creamy lemon mustard sauce that doesn’t require cream to taste good! Dijon mustard and yogurt with a few simple ingredients add tons of flavor to this healthy mustard chicken.

About the recipe

This healthy mustard chicken in a delicious yogurt mustard sauce is made of 7 simple pantry ingredients and can be cooked in less than an hour. An easy, healthy chicken recipe for a simple yummy weeknight dinner. The best part about this low-calorie lemon dijon chicken is that it doesn’t need any flavoring or thickening agents like cream or flour since yogurt and yellow pepper in addition to mustard give lots of flavors and so it is healthier and gluten-free, too.

The very sight of the luscious lemon dijon sauce with its bright yellow hue can really perk up your mood and your appetite. That makes it a perfect dish for a weeknight dinner when you want to cook up a quick, healthy meal with minimum fuss, especially when everyone is hungry and waiting for food. Exactly like my 5-ingredient easy chicken curry and easy baked chicken breasts.

Why this recipe works

The moisture in the bell peppers, along with the yogurt help keep the chicken soft and moist. Unlike chicken legs with skin and bones (as in sheet pan chicken legs and potatoes), chicken breasts tend to dry out while cooking since they don’t have much fat to keep them moist. You can do one of these 3 things to keep the chicken moist and juicy:

  • Use chicken pieces with bones, skin and fat.
  • Use a lot of fat like butter and cream for cooking the chicken.
  • Use a unique marinade and bake the chicken. (as in baked thin-sliced chicken breasts)
  • Cook juicy vegetables like bell peppers with the chicken.

This mustard chicken breast recipe uses one of the healthiest options, using pepper, mustard, lemon and yogurt for the juicy sauce. Each of the above-mentioned ingredients helps in tenderizing chicken as well as provides flavor.

lemon mustard chicken in a pan

What cut of chicken to use

I’ve used boneless skinless chicken breasts here. Boneless legs or thighs chopped into bite-sized chunks can also be used.

Check out my simple hack to tenderize chicken breasts, which results in more juicy and tender chicken.

Lemon Mustard Sauce for Chicken

Ever since I started cooking this spicy baked fish with lemon and mustard, the Dijon mustard-lemon combination has topped the list of my favorite flavors. Add to it juicy yellow peppers, onion and garlic, you get a sauce to die for. This lemon-mustard-pepper sauce is spicy, tangy and fruity balanced with a tinge of sweetness. EVERYTHING you would love about a sauce.

7 ingredients – Dijon mustard, yellow peppers, onions, garlic, Greek yogurt, green chili, lemon juice and zest – are all you need to put together this yummy bright yellow sauce. Blend all the ingredients except the Greek yogurt into a smooth paste.

How to cook Lemon Mustard Chicken- step by step process

Chop the chicken breast into 2-inch pieces and season with salt, pepper and lemon juice. Heat oil, stir in the chicken pieces and saute for 10 minutes or until all the pieces turn opaque but not fully cooked.

Remove the chicken pieces and heat 1 tablespoon of butter in the same pan, add the blended pepper-mustard paste and simmer for 15 minutes on low heat. Add the chicken pieces and yogurt and let it simmer for another 10 minutes. Garnish with cilantro and serve right away.

Can we call this “a sauce in a hurry”? Whatever we call it, this pepper mustard sauce is bound to be a super hit recipe on your dinner menu.

Additions and variations

Make this recipe your own by adding your favorite vegetables or herbs. Remember to add a bit more of the seasoning (salt, pepper, chilli, mustard and lime juice) when you add veggies.

  1. Add 1/2 cup of boiled peas or potatoes to add more flavor and nutrition.
  2. Add chopped spinach to the sauce when you add chicken and yogurt.
  3. Saute 1/2 cup of halved brussel sprouts with salt and pepper in the same pan after sauteing the chicken. Add to the sauce along with chicken.
  4. In this recipe, I’ve used cilantro. Feel free to use rosemary, thyme or tarragon.

What to serve with this lemon dijon chicken

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closeup view of lemon mustard chicken

Creamy Lemon Mustard Chicken Recipe (Without Cream)

Creamy lemon mustard chicken that doesn't require cream to taste good! Dijon mustard and yogurt with a few simple ingredients add tons of flavor to this healthy mustard chicken.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 3 people
Calories 124 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 500 grams boneless chicken breast
  • 1 yellow bell pepper
  • 1 big white onion or 2 small ones
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 green chili
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • zest of half lemon
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • a dash of pepper
  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 tablespoons yogurt

Instructions
 

  • Chop the chicken breast into 2-inch pieces and season with 1/2 teaspoon salt, pepper, and 1 teaspoon lemon juice. Leave it to marinate until you get the sauce ready.
  • Roughly chop the onions, garlic, yellow pepper, and chili pepper. Place them in a food processor or blender jar along with Dijon mustard, lemon zest and rest of the salt and lemon juice. Blend until you get a smooth, bright yellow paste.
  • Heat oil in a frying pan and add the marinated chicken pieces. Saute on medium heat, stirring occasionally, for 5 to 10 minutes until all the chicken pieces turn opaque.
  • Remove the chicken pieces and melt butter in the same pan. Stir in the sauce and simmer over low heat for 15 minutes or until the sauce begins to thicken. Add the chicken pieces and yogurt and cook for another 10 minutes on low heat, until the sauce reaches the desired consistency. Garnish with cilantro and serve.

Video

Notes

  • Do not skip the yogurt. It gives a creamy consistency to the sauce you don’t want to miss.
  • If you have the time and energy, you can roast the bell pepper before blending. It gives an interesting twist to the flavor of the sauce.
Creamy Lemon Mustard Chicken (Without Cream)
Keyword healthy mustard chicken, lemon dijon chicken, lemon dijon sauce, lemon mustard chicken, lemon mustard sauce for chicken, mustard chicken one pan, yogurt mustard sauce

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