Tuesday, June 29, 2010

My Simple Lemon Chicken



This past weekend when I went to the farmer's market I picked up quite a bit of fresh lemons and wondered ok, what am I going to do with them?   I love lemon in sweet and savory dishes and tonight as I wondered what I was going to do with a package of boneless chicken breasts it occurred to me to make lemon chicken.

 Now I have only made it one time before this and totally forgot, so I looked on line at different recipes and realized they had similar ingredients in common, butter, onions, garlic, chicken stock and of course lemons.  I already had the butter,onions,garlic and lemons but no chicken stock, but I had beef stock and I thought how would it taste with a little beef stock, so I began preparation of my chicken browning 6 boneless chicken breasts first in a combination of butter and a little olive oil.  With chicken browned. I chopped 1/2 onion to brown in pan along with a teaspoon of fresh minced garlic, cooked until translucent I added a small amount of flour to thicken and added 1 cup of beef broth and scrapped the brown bits from the bottom to thicken with the chicken juices, then cut 1 lemon and squeezed into the mixture.  and that's it.  I put the chicken in a baking pan and poured mixture over chicken and then sliced two more lemons to place on top of chicken.  I baked in a 350 oven for 30 minutes.

 It came out pretty good, the beef stock just adds a deeper flavor to the sauce and I served it with a bean salad on the side.   My husband loved it!   Sometimes I like to improvise and take a risk to see what happens and sometimes the outcome is great and sometimes not so good!

7 comments:

  1. Looks great...simple dishes can be the best of comfort foods:)

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  2. I am with you: if you don't have the right ingredients, substitute! (within reason, of course). The chicken looks like a winner.

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  3. Don't you just love going to farmers markets! All that fresh local food and flowers. The chicken looks like a must try. Thanks!

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  4. I love lemon chicken! This looks full of flavor and very delicious!

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  5. Great Recipe! i love chicken with Lemon in any style. It's zest turns the chicken dish up a notch!
    Thank you,
    lisa

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  6. Lemon chicken. How delicious.
    Don't you love going to the market and getting inspired by all the wonderful produce?

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