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Need a twenty minute meal on a busy weeknight? Panko Chicken with Grapefruit Honey Sauce is the answer. Sounds fancy, right? Your family will think this is special occasion, but it’s easy peasy lemon squeezy! You can whip this up in no time, have an awesome dinner and still be at the soccer field on time.

Panko crusted chicken breasy with grapefruit honey sauce on a plate with brussels sprouts.

This Panko chicken with grapefruit honey sauce recipe comes from one of my favorite cookbooks, Mark Bittman’s “Kitchen Express”. This book is sectioned off by seasons, and that’s just one of the things I like about it. The best part? 20 minute meals. ๐Ÿ™‚

The sweetness of the honey, acidity of the grapefruit, and crunch of the panko is what really sets this apart. 

Panko bread crumbs (these are the ones I buy) are Japanese bread crumbs and they are more course in texture than regular breadcrumbs. You should be able to find them by the regular bread crumbs at your local grocery store.

Panko breaded chicken breast with grapefruit honey sauce served with slices of grapefruit and roasted brussels sprouts.

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panko chicken with grapefruit honey sauce

Panko Chicken with Grapefruit-Honey Sauce

Crunchy chicken breasts generously drizzled in a sweet grapefruit sauce.
4.75 from 4 votes
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Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 285kcal


  • 6 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 2 Tbs olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 2 Tbs butter
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed grapefruit juice 1-2 grapefruits
  • 1 Tbs honey
  • Fresh grapefruit slices for garnishing


  • Pound chicken breasts to 1/4 inch thick.
  • Season the panko bread crumbs with salt and pepper.
  • Set up an assembly line with the chicken, beaten eggs, panko bread crumbs.
  • Dredge the chicken in the eggs first, and then the bread crumbs.
  • Heat oil in a frying pan and cook the chicken on both sides until golden and cooked throughout.
  • Wipe the pan clean and add butter and minced garlic just until the garlic is softened.
  • Add grapefruit juice and honey.
  • Reduce, by simmering, until syrupy.
  • Serve chicken with sauce drizzled on top and garnished with grapefruit slices.


Calories: 285kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 137mg | Sodium: 453mg | Potassium: 490mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 231IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. 5 stars
    I love how fresh and bright the citrus and honey makes the dish! Delicious!

  2. This recipe just really speaks to me! Will look ‘fancy’ but love that it can be made so quickly. And most importantly, I know my crew will love it.


  3. I love your flavor combination, can’t wait to give this recipe a try! Thanks for sharing with us at #FoodieFriDIY – stopped by to do some sharing!!

  4. Hi Becky! You would like it. The best part? It comes together so quickly. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. I wish that I would have had this for dinner tonight! I love the idea of the grapefruit – nice combination.

  6. Stopping by From The Archives Linkup! This looks delicious! I’m always looking for new chicken recipes try! Thank you for sharing. Pinning.

  7. YUM-O Anna ate a whole one, my niece had some, and Dave and I finished off the pan. All agreed the sauce was super good. Thanks for the meal!