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Ace lemon chicken: the summer staple

Now that the summertime has officially arrived, it’s time to think about what to cook up for dinner during these warmer months. Sure, there’s always the trusty barbeque food like hot dogs and burgers, but lemon chicken is just as classic.

This is an old family recipe of mine and it’s one I’m going to share with all of you. So, switch it up a bit this summer and serve some citrus!

Ingredients:

  • 4 boneless chicken breasts
  • Kosher salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1 ½ teaspoons of parsley
  • 1 ½ teaspoons of oregano
  • 1 teaspoon of basil
  • 1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
  • ¼ cup of chicken broth
  • 1 ½ tablespoons of freshly grated lemon peel
  • 2 ½ tablespoons of melted butter
  • 3 minced garlic cloves

Tools:

  • Pan
  • Baking dish
  • Meat thermometer

Instructions:

  • Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Stick your olive oil in a pan over medium heat. Once the pan is nice and hot, add the chicken breasts, skin-side down, into the olive oil.
  • Fry them for about 1-2 minutes or until the skin goes brown.
  • As soon as the chicken skin has browned, move the breasts into a baking dish.
  • In a small bowl, combine the butter, seasoning, chicken broth, and lemon zest. Mix everything together and pour it over the breasts in the dish.
  • Stick your chicken in the oven for about 25-35 minutes or until fully cooked. Whip out that meat thermometer and stick it into the chicken to keep track of the temperature. You’ll want to reach about 165 – 175 degrees F.

Pro Tip:

  • You can also cut a lemon into slices and place them on the breasts when they’re done. It adds a nice aesthetic appeal and gives them that added bit of zest.

Lemon chicken is one of those staples in the home that needs to be eaten at least once in the summer. Everyone loves a good chicken breast and once it’s coupled with the tangy flavor of lemon, it’s hard to resist not going back for seconds. Just make sure you make enough for everyone coming over!