Sunshine Chicken

Sunshine Chicken is a fun boneless chicken recipe to make. This chicken recipe features chicken breast, lemon Jell-O, mustard, and garlic salt to make for one easy and delicious chicken dish your whole family is going to love! Best of all this chicken can be prepared in about 30 minutes.

A plate with a chicken breast made with a sauce of lemon Jello and more.

Are you looking for a meal that everyone will love? This baked chicken recipe is perfect for both children and adults. Kids love the fact that one of the ingredients is lemon gelatin, and the cook loves just how easy this recipe is to make.

Why this Sunshine Chicken tastes so good

The first time I heard about this chicken recipe, I thought, lemon Jell-O must mean that you would have a super sweet chicken. This is not the case at all. The garlic and the mustard combine beautifully with the lemon Jell-O to make for a sophisticated sauce. The butter in the recipe helps make the chicken stay moist during cooking, so you don’t have to worry about dry chicken at all.

A baking dish with three oven baked lemon sunshine chicken breasts.

This chicken makes its own sauce while it cooks in the oven. You should serve this chicken with a rice pilaf or some buttery mashed potatoes because you won’t want to miss any of this sweet and tangy sauce.

A chicken breast made with a lemon sauce and topped with slivered almonds.

A plate with a chicken breast made with a sauce of lemon Jello and more.

Sunshine Chicken

Your family will never guess what makes this chicken so wonderful.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chicken Breast, Sunshine Chicken
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 425kcal


  • 1 package lemon-flavored Jell-O 3 ounces
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 3 tablespoons prepared mustard
  • 2 teaspoons garlic salt
  • 2 pounds boneless skinless breasts halves
  • 2 tablespoons thinly sliced almonds


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a small bowl combine gelatin, butter, mustard, garlic, salt and pepper. Brush over both sides of the chicken breasts and place in an ungreased baking dish.
  • Sprinkle almonds on top of chicken. Cover and bake at 350 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes. Basting once.
  • Bake uncovered for 15 minutes longer or until done. Serve with rice if desired.


  • You can use either yellow prepared mustard or Dijon mustard.
  • To make this dish extra fancy you can top with fresh herbs like chives or fresh parsley


Calories: 425kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 51g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 160mg | Sodium: 1702mg | Potassium: 889mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 245IU | Vitamin C: 2.7mg | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 1.2mg

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About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of's Dining Out in the Home, and's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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  1. Gina

    5 stars
    This was AMAZING my son was picking it off his plate before I finished loading him up.I used the sugar free lemon jello and for the prepared mustard a dijon. Cooking time was off but then again my oven is 20 years old so I would start uncovered and check it at 25 minutes. Chicken comes out moist and YUMMMMMMMMMMMMY

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