Lemon coriander chicken has juicy chunks of bite-sized chicken in a creamy yogurt 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 keto lemon pepper chicken.
About the recipe
This gluten-free lemon chicken is made of 7 simple pantry ingredients and can be cooked in less than an hour. An easy, healthy chicken recipe for a cozy family dinner. The best part about the low-calorie yogurt mustard sauce is that it doesn’t need any flavoring or thickening agents like cream or flour. Yogurt and yellow pepper in addition to mustard give lots of flavors and body to the sauce.
The very sight of the creamy lemon dijon sauce with its bright yellow hue can 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 pudina chicken)
- Cook juicy vegetables like bell peppers with the chicken.
This lemon coriander chicken recipe uses one of the healthiest options, using pepper, mustard, lemon and yogurt for the creamy dijon sauce. Each of the above-mentioned ingredients helps in tenderizing chicken as well as provides flavor.
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.
Yogurt mustard sauce
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 dijon mustard sauce without cream 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.
How to cook Lemon Coriander Chicken- step by step
(You can find the exact measurements and instructions in the printable recipe card at the end of this page.)
Blend all the ingredients for the lemon dijon sauce except the Greek yogurt into a smooth paste.
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 chopped coriander and serve right away.
Can we call this “a sauce in a hurry”? This keto mustard chicken is bound to be a super hit recipe on your dinner menu.
If you love chicken recipes with an easy and healthy sauce, you might want to try lemon balsamic chicken with rosemary sauce.
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.
- Add 1/2 cup of boiled peas or potatoes to add more flavor and nutrition.
- Add chopped spinach to the sauce when you add chicken and yogurt.
- 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.
What to serve with lemon coriander chicken
- Serve this creamy lemon chicken with easy Italian pasta salad or creamy vegetable pasta.
- The citrus flavors pair well with spicy, tangy pasta like arrabiata spaghetti or red pesto pasta.
- Pair it with roasted potatoes and broccoli or potato croquettes.
- For a healthier option, serve with lemon garlic quinoa and a salad like beet orange salad.
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