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Chicken Scampi Without Wine (Easy 20-Minute Recipe!)

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This Chicken Scampi Without Wine is quick, easy, and super flavorful. It is perfect recipe for busy weeknights and meal prep. Serve it with rice, quinoa, or pasta for a satisfying, protein-rich meal. Learn how to make the best homemade chicken scampi with this simple recipe that is sure to be a crowd-pleaser!

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Chicken Scampi: An Easy Dinner Recipe

You are going to love this quick, simple recipe for Chicken Scampi Without Wine. It is full of amazing buttery lemon-garlic flavor just like my recipe for Garlic Shrimp Scampi, but is made instead with boneless, bite-sized pieces of chicken breast. It is perfect for busy weeknights because it uses simple ingredients and takes barely any time to put together.

This recipe uses both the juice and zest of lemon to add a fresh, citrusy zing. Garlic infuses the dish with sweet, succulent flavor and compliments the lemon beautifully. A sprinkle of chopped fresh parsley gives the scampi a burst of herby freshness.

Although I generally serve shrimp scampi over linguine, I prefer to eat chicken scampi with rice or quinoa. Just remember to get your rice or quinoa started before you begin cooking the chicken, so that they both finish cooking at the same time.

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Tips for Making Chicken Scampi Without Wine

Here are a couple of my top tips for the making the best homemade chicken scampi ever:

  1. To get the most juice from a lemon, roll the whole lemon on a counter-top back and forth firmly with your hand. This loosens everything up in the lemon, so that when you slice and squeeze it, you get maximum juice from it.
  2. To remove the zest, use a microplane grater (aka rasp/zester) and only remove the colored part of the skin; the white pith is bitter.

Use the tips above to ensure you chicken scampi turns out perfect, every single time!

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If you make this Chicken Scampi Without Wine recipe, let me know! Leave a comment with a star rating ★ below, because I love hearing from you! ♡

Chicken Scampi Without Wine (Easy 20-Minute Recipe!)

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This Chicken Scampi Without Wine is super quick, easy, and and makes a perfect weeknight dinner recipe. Ready to eat in just 20 minutes!
Alia Kay
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Main
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 4 servings
Calories 278 calories

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

Instructions

  • In a large skillet, heat the oil and butter over medium heat.
  • When the butter is melted, add the onion and sauté for 4 minutes or until translucent. Add the garlic and sauté for 1 minute until fragrant.
  • Add the chicken and season with salt and pepper. Cook for about 5 minutes or until chicken is cooked through and no longer pink in the center.
  • Stir in the lemon juice, lemon zest, and parsley. Serve warm over rice or quinoa.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Chicken Scampi Without Wine (Easy 20-Minute Recipe!)
Amount per Serving
Calories
278
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
18
g
28
%
Saturated Fat
 
8
g
50
%
Trans Fat
 
0.5
g
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
1
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
6
g
Cholesterol
 
102
mg
34
%
Sodium
 
224
mg
10
%
Potassium
 
493
mg
14
%
Carbohydrates
 
4
g
1
%
Fiber
 
1
g
4
%
Sugar
 
1
g
1
%
Protein
 
25
g
50
%
Vitamin A
 
554
IU
11
%
Vitamin C
 
10
mg
12
%
Calcium
 
24
mg
2
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Notes

  1. If you can, I highly recommend using organic, pasture-raised chicken and grass-fed butter in this recipe for maximum health benefits.
  2. Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator for up to five days or in the freezer for up to three months.
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4 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    That lemon zest in just an amazing addition to the already tasteful recipe, Alia! This would be my new favorite lunch dish.