Light and Luscious Lemon Chicken

Lemon Chicken

My Mom loves lemon chicken. Any and all kinds of lemon chicken. She makes many different ones including Chicken Francese, Chicken Piccata and this recipe that she just calls Lemon Chicken. It is the simpler of the three – without the strong flavor bursts of the capers in the Piccata or the wine in the Francese. Or the tell-tale pucker. It’s a milder, lighter version, and my favorite of the three.

The chicken is lightly dredged in flour and pan-fried. The chicken is removed and garlic and onion are sauteed. The chicken along with lemon juice and chicken broth are added back in to finish cooking in the oven. The lemon and chicken broth together make a flavorful, broth that isn’t overpowered by the lemon.

It’s nicely balanced, bright, and delicious. The chicken is fork tender and melts in your mouth in little bursts of subtle lemon flavor. This is a perfect summertime comfort meal!

Lemon Chicken

Lemon Chicken
(From My Mom)
1 to 1 and 1/2 pounds chicken breast
Sea salt and fresh pepper
1 tablespoon butter
2 tablespoon vegetable oil
4 cloves garlic
1/4 cup minced onion
2 lemons
14 oz. chicken broth(about 1 and 3/4 cup)
1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped or 1 teaspoon dried
Linguine or Spaghetti
Parmesan, fresh grated
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Pound out your chicken breasts to 1/2 – 1 inch thick, cover with saran wrap first so chicken juice doesn’t fly everywhere.
2. In a small bowl combine about 1/2 cup flour with 1 tablespoon cornstarch. Wash the chicken breasts(don’t dry them), season with salt and pepper, and lightly coat them with the flour mixture.
3. In a large oven proof skillet over medium heat melt the butter and vegetable oil together. Add the chicken breasts and cook on each side until golden brown.
4. Remove the chicken from the pan. Add the garlic and onion, saute over medium-low heat until tender. Add the chicken back to the pan. Squeeze the lemons over the chicken breasts. Add the chicken broth. Season with salt and pepper. Slice the lemons and place them on top of the chicken.
5. Finish cooking them in the oven about 15 minutes or until chicken is cooked through. In the mean time cook the pasta to al dente according to package directions.
6. Finish by sprinkling parsley over the top.
7. Serve over linguine or spaghetti with fresh grated Parmesan.

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  1. Linda says

    Lovely and light. A perfect summer meal! I have all the ingredients in the fridge so I am going to make this for dinner this week!!

  2. Denise says

    Reeni, this looks awesome. My husband loves lemon chicken and I am always looking for the perfect one. Look no further.

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