Sweet Lemon Pepper Chicken

I like honey. I mean, I just like sugar in general. While I made this meal, I licked the spoon covered in honey about 16 times. Then ate a spoonful…or 8…of almond butter + honey. Sh*t that was good. That’s exactly why I can’t keep nut butter in the house. It calls to me. It sings my name from the pantry. It stares at me. So I give in. And then make it my b*tch. Go big or go home, right? Stupid nut obsession.

So I recently started Paleo zoning. Well, trying. Weekends don’t count right? Wrong. But whatever. It’s a bit annoying but its fine. I like a challenge. I just like eating A LOT and don’t get to eat as much with zone. I eat far more than I should so this is good portion control for me. So I’ve had to make simpler meals because I don’t like to do math. This meal was pretty simple. I seriously don’t know how Matt and Cherie Chan do it. Math sucks. Read that line again, I said math, not Matt. Did you see Matt in the Games? He obviously doesn’t suck.

And by the way, sorry I’ve been MIA! Lord I’m good with rhyming. Anyways, cooking since being back from LA just hasn’t been working. My tuna and deli meat consumption is at an all time high. I boiled shrimp today and topped it with hot sauce. Real fancy. But some big life changes are going down right now so it’s been hard to even step foot in the kitchen. I’ll work on it ok? Swear. Promise swear. With a kiss on it. No tongue, sicko.


Paleo Sweet Lemon Pepper Chicken


  • 1lb chicken tenders/breasts/thighs
  • 1 yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 apple, thinly sliced
  • 2 lemons, halved
  • 2 tablespoons raw honey
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 23 tablespoons fat, I used olive oil


  1. Thinly slice your onions and apples and throw them into a fat greased skillet under medium-high heat.
  2. Let the apples and onions cook down for a bit until they begin to become translucent. When they do, add 1/2 lemon (juice), 1 tbsp honey, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, nutmeg, salt and pepper, and 1/4 tsp white pepper, garlic and onion powder and mix thoroughly to help combine and let caramelize.
  3. While the onions and apples cook away, pull out another large skillet, add some fat and heat up under medium-high heat. While the skillet heats up, salt and pepper your chicken and add them directly to the pan.
  4. While the chicken begins to cook, add the rest of your ingredients including the spices, honey, and lemon on top of the chicken.
  5. When the sides begin to turn white, flip the chicken over and add any extra honey and/or lemon on top, to taste.
  6. Once the chicken has cooked through, layer some caramelized apples and onions on a plate, and top them off with some chicken. Garnish with a lemon. Why? Because it looks pretty, unlike my photography.

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Oh, Hi! I’m Juli.

I’m a food hoarder. And a really bad dancer. If you don’t know me well, you will probably not understand my humor. Therefore, I apologize ahead of time. Thanks for listening to my ramblings of my ever-changing life and trusting my kitchen mishaps. Your trust in me is appreciated.


31 thoughts on “Sweet Lemon Pepper Chicken”

  1. I am def going to make this for my husband, he loves lemon pepper…me not so much, but it does look amazing!

  2. Dude!!! This is freakin’ awesome! I made it with green beans and sprinkled the whole plate with some fresh basil and ate the sh*t out of it! Thanks Juli!

  3. This was so good! I wilted some spinach in the juices in the pan after I removed the chicken, it was delicious!

  4. This recipe is great! I made it tonight for my family (me, hubby & 22mth twin boys) and was really simple, quick and easy. We had it with some steamed broccoli. The boys weren’t so into the onion/apple which surprised me, I thought they would like the sweetness.

    Your website has some awesome recipes and has inspired me to try and incorporate it into my families eating.

    Thank you!!

  5. Loved loved loved this! It was so great an unlike anything we’ve had before. The hubs and I are big big fans of this one. The next time I’m going to make this with two apples and two onions to get more of that goodness.

  6. OH MY GOD. Oh. my God. OH. MY. GOD. This was SO delicious!!! I drool just thinking about when I’m gonna make it again. Thanks for this!!!

  7. I look at your website DAILY. You seriously rock. I loved this recipe – but made it with Tilapia Loins. YUM. Keep bein awesome.

  8. This was fantastic!! I changed it up a bit and baked it in the oven because I was just too tired to stand over the stove cooking! I assembled all the ingredients and cooked it at 350 degrees until the internal temp was right – about 40 minutes. Oh, I used boneless thighs!
    Fabulous recipe! Making it again this week!! 🙂

  9. So despite messing up which spices went where this was super delish. So glad the site is back up and running Thanks for the recipes!!

  10. i just made this over the weekend, and it was AhMazing!!! My girlfriend and I drank wine while cooking and catching up. We both agreed that this was the best meal we had in a while. Kids and husbands were in love 🙂

  11. Did a wod tonite and needed to make some dinner…so I did a google search for paleo lemon pepper chicken and found your recipe! Seriously delicious, love, love, loved it:)

  12. Thank you!!! This was such a fast, quick and easy meal to put together. Plus, I’m a mess in the kitchen and this was a blast to clean up! Yay!
    You Rock!! <3
    I'm addicted to your sight, just sayin'….

  13. Holy delicious!! We just started our paleo journey a little over a week ago and this was the first meal that has truly satisfied me!! I have also become addicted to your site!.

  14. Ok, I just have to say, I’m obsessed with you. creepy….I’m obsessed with your recipes. I have everyone fooled that I’m some gourmet cook in the wrong profession! I could comment under a whole bunch of your recipes because I’ve tried tons. THANK YOU FOR SHARING, I appreciate this site so much.

  15. I just made this tonight. Modified a bit though, I put the chicken on top of everything in the skillet instead of dumping everything on it, and I kept the chicken pan to just chicken, salt, and pepper. Either way, Holy crap was it good! Definitely going into my recipe binder for another day.

  16. My God, Juli, this is a GREAT recipe. From the eleven year old to the fifty something year old, the entire family loves this. And these are not spices we would normally put on chicken or onions, even if apples are right there with them. Not only is it beyond tasty, it’s filling. All your recipes are filling. Some days I make a nice polite amount of stir fry and am still hungry afterwards, but your recipes fill everyone up with healthy great food. Thank you!!!

  17. Just cooked this for dinner and it was delicious! Very tasty and not so hard to make dish which I’m sure I’ll make again soon. Thank you for sharing!!

  18. I just got this recipe via my Yummly subscription, it looks delish and I will try it asap. And I love your blog, I laugh a lot when reading it. Started subscribing, keep up the good work.

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