Creamy Lemon Chicken

  • 5MINS
  • 35MINS
  • Serves 4
  • 192KCAL

This creamy dish feels so indulgent, you'd never guess it was so low in calories and points. Swapping double cream for low fat cream cheese keeps the fat content low. Tangy lemon juice and spinach keep it fresh.

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NutritionPer Serving

  • Calories192
  • Carbs2.3g
  • Fat2.9g
  • Saturates0.9g
  • Protein39g
  • Sugars1.9g

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For the full list of ingredients and comprehensive instructions, please see the recipe card at the end of this post. Before you scroll, there’s important stuff to know in the blurb!

If you’re craving something creamy, rich and ready on the table within 40 minutes then this Creamy Lemon Chicken recipe is just what you’re looking for!

Instead of high calorie double cream, we’ve used low fat cream cheese. You get the same delicious indulgent flavour, without compromising on calories and points. The spinach adds some extra nutrients and a bit more texture and colour; as a bonus it also looks great on your plate!

This Creamy Lemon Chicken recipe is also really versatile, so you can pick your favourite sides or look at our inspiration below.

What diets is this Creamy Lemon Chicken suitable for?

This Creamy Lemon Chicken can be made gluten free as long as you swap out the following ingredients for gluten free versions;

  • Stock cube

Please make sure to double or triple check all of your ingredients if you’re cooking for people with allergies.

How Weight Watchers friendly is this Creamy Lemon Chicken recipe?

Weight Watchers’ new PersonalPoints plan calculates each individual’s Points allowance based on their unique food preferences and goals. This means we’re no longer able to offer exact WW points for our recipes.

The good news is that all of our recipes are still Weight Watchers friendly! If you have any questions about your Points budgets or you’re unsure how a certain recipe will fit into your plan, please reach out to Weight Watchers directly.

Do you need any special ingredients to make Creamy Lemon Chicken?

Nope! This recipe contains common ingredients you may already have in the fridge, or can be found at any supermarket!

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Below we added some of our communities most common hints and tips. We hope you find them useful.

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Another household favourite!
Very tasty, easy to make dish. I used mini chicken fillets for this, and it was amazing! I added in a little thyme, oregano and garlic, along with the black pepper. Served with pasta but would go well with potatoes or lots of veggies
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This was delicious and so easy to make!
I might consider using mini chicken fillets next time as they would cook quicker.
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Cream cheese
I used dairylea light triangles as part of slimming world healthy extra
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Delicious and simple
I followed the recipe exactly, although I was worried it might be too strong of lemon, it was perfect. I had it it with paprika sweet potato cubes and Parmesan and garlic courgette sliced, the flavours all went great together.
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Sneaky veg!
I have a family that don’t like eating veg! So it is a great way to get them to eat spinach and get all the goodness from an iron rich veg!
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Half the amount
If like me your not a fan of lemons use half the lemon juice still has a slight zest but not overly lemony

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How many calories are in this Creamy Lemon Chicken recipe?

There are 192 calories per serving in this Creamy Lemon Chicken recipe, which means it falls into our Everyday Light category.

This Creamy Lemon Chicken is perfect if you’re following a calorie controlled diet and fits well with any one of the major diet plans such as Weight Watchers.

As a guide, an average man needs around 2,500kcal (10,500kJ) a day to maintain a healthy body weight. For an average woman, that figure is around 2,000kcal (8,400kJ) a day. Obviously, if your goal is to lose weight then you might want to adjust these slightly! You can read more about these recommendations on the NHS website.

Step 1

Spray the frying pan with low calorie cooking spray and place over a medium heat.

Step 2

When the pan is hot, place the chicken breasts in and cook for 2 minutes each side to seal and colour. Remove to a plate and place to one side.

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Step 3

Give the pan another spray with low calorie cooking spray then add the onions and sauté for 5 minutes until soft.

Step 4

Add the stock cube to the boiling water and pour into the pan along with the lemon juice and bring to a simmer.

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Step 5

Stir in the low fat cream cheese, then return the chicken to the pan.

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Step 6

Allow to simmer for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally until the chicken is cooked through.

Step 7

The sauce should have reduced and thickened slightly, but if it is too runny, turn up the heat and allow to bubble until you reach the consistency of single cream.

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Step 8

Stir in the spinach and cook for a couple more minutes until it has wilted.

Step 9

Season with a little freshly ground black pepper and serve with your choice of accompaniment.

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What could I serve with these Creamy Lemon Chicken?

This recipe is really versatile. We like serving it with lots of fluffy rice or a large portion of steamed vegetables. You could even try over pasta! If you’re looking for ideas, these sides would go well with this dish too:

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How do you know when these Creamy Lemon Chicken are cooked?

 The sauce should be the consistency of single cream and the chicken should be cooked through. This will take around 35 minutes.

Standard advice here in the UK is to cook food until it has reached 70°C and stayed at that temperature for 2 minutes. This is to keep your family safe.

How long can you keep Creamy Lemon Chicken in the fridge?

Lemon Chicken, ideally you should eat it within 4 hours.

If you allow any leftovers to cool, make sure to refrigerate in a container with a lid and chill.  You can keep leftover Creamy Lemon Chicken in the fridge for approximately 3 days or so.

Can I freeze these Creamy Lemon Chicken?

Yes you can! This recipe can be frozen, but please remember to do the following;

  • Freeze it as soon as it is cold enough.
  • Use a container or bag that is suitable for freezing.

Don’t forget to add a label with what it is, and on what date you put it in the freezer!

How do I reheat Creamy Lemon Chicken?

Creamy Lemon Chicken is best reheated from chilled.

From chilled: cover the chicken and pop in the microwave for 2-3 minutes. Remove, stir, and cook for another 2-3 minutes until piping hot.

From frozen: defrost thoroughly in the fridge and follow the instructions as above.

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Creamy Lemon Chicken

This creamy dish feels so indulgent, you'd never guess it was so low in calories and points. Swapping double cream for low fat cream cheese keeps the fat content low. Tangy lemon juice and spinach keep it fresh.
  • Prep Time
    5 MINS
  • Cook Time
    35 MINS
  • KCals 192
  • Carbs 2.3G

Ingredients

  • 4 medium chicken breasts approx 150g each
  • 1 small onion finely chopped
  • 1 chicken stock cube
  • 300 ml boiling water
  • ½ lemon juice only
  • 75 g low fat cream cheese
  • 50 g spinach
  • black pepper
  • low calorie cooking spray

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Instructions

  1. Spray the frying pan with low calorie cooking spray and place over a medium heat.
  2. When the pan is hot, place the chicken breasts in and cook for 2 minutes each side to seal and colour. Remove to a plate and place to one side.
  3. Give the pan another spray with low calorie cooking spray then add the onions and sauté for 5 minutes until soft.
  4. Add the stock cube to the boiling water and pour into the pan along with the lemon juice and bring to a simmer.
  5. Stir in the low fat cream cheese, then return the chicken to the pan.
  6. Allow to simmer for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally until the chicken is cooked through.
  7. The sauce should have reduced and thickened slightly, but if it is too runny turn up the heat and allow to bubble until you reach the consistency of single cream.
  8. Stir in the spinach and cook for a couple more minutes until it has wilted.
  9. Season with a little freshly ground black pepper and serve with your choice of accompaniment.

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Recipe notes

A versatile dish, this can be served any way you like. It goes great with potatoes, rice or even pasta!

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ClareSunday 19th June 2022

Had this for tea, was yummy. My other half thought I’d made it with cream, so just goes to show it was really good. Did simmer the sauce down at the end.

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    HollyMonday 20th June 2022

    Hi Clare, thanks so much for your message we are so glad to hear you enjoyed this recipe!

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