Easy Lemon Thyme Chicken Skillet

Skillet Chicken with Green Beans and Tomatoes

One pan chicken dinner made with lemon, garlic and fresh thyme. Paleo. Gluten-Free. Whole 30. Low Carb.
4.75 from 4 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Keyword: Chicken and Veggie Skillet, Chicken Green Bean and Tomato Skillet
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 158kcal
Author: Kristen Chidsey

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into 1 inch chunks
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 pound green beans trimmed and blanched *see notes
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes halved
  • 1 sprig fresh thyme leaves
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • ¼ cup chicken broth
  • 1 fresh lemon juice and zest
  • Parmesan Cheese optional

Instructions

  • Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. 
  • Season chicken with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. 
  • Add chicken to skillet and brown on each side--about 2 minutes per side. 
  • Add garlic, green beans, and tomatoes to skillet and saute for 1-2 minutes. 
  • Add in chicken broth, zest of lemon, thyme sprig and balsamic vinegar and cover skillet. Let cook about 5 minutes or until chicken is cooked through. 
  • Right before serving, remove thyme sprig, squeeze with fresh lemon juice, and sprinkle with Parmesan if using. 

Notes

  • To keep the green beans crisp-tender, I recommend blanching them first. This can be done by bringing a pot of salted water to a boil and dropping green beans into the boiling water for 2 minutes. Remove green beans and place in an ice bath to stop the cooking process and drain before adding to skillet.
  • If you don't want to take the time to blanch the green beans first, just place them in a microwave safe bowl with 1 tablespoon of water. Cover with plastic wrap and microwave for 3-4 minutes.
  • You can skip the step of steaming or blanching your green beans first, they will just be crunchier in the skillet. 
  • The fresh thyme is not necessary, but does had a nice flavor.
Nutrition Facts
Skillet Chicken with Green Beans and Tomatoes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 158 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 18mg6%
Sodium 689mg30%
Potassium 613mg18%
Carbohydrates 14g5%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 9g18%
Vitamin A 1360IU27%
Vitamin C 42.7mg52%
Calcium 58mg6%
Iron 2.1mg12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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