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Saturday, February 11, 2012

Lemon Chicken

This is Ella's very favorite chicken.  It has become a staple at our house.  It is easy, quick and the ingredients are all things that you normally have at home.  And the added bonus is that the kids absolutely love it!  Anytime the kids get really excited about something that I am cooking for dinner that is not dessert, I know it is a winner!

Lemon Chicken
What you need:
Chicken Breast (3 or 4)
1/4 cup chicken broth
1/4 cup lemon juice (about 1 1/2 lemons squeezed)
8 lemon slices
Chopped flat leaf parsley
Olive oil
Salt and Pepper
Split the chicken breasts (this has become my favorite way to cook chicken, you get so much more of the flavor when the breast is split!).
Very important, Salt and Pepper the chicken!!!  Just ask Ella, Salt enhances the flavor!
Dredge the chicken breasts in flour.
Heat about 2 tbsp of olive oil and 1 tbsp of butter in large skillet (butter is not necessary, but oh so good!)  Add chicken to heated pan and cook on both sides.  If you are cooking more than 2 chicken breasts, you will need to cook the chicken in batches.
When chicken is done, pull chicken out of pan and cover to keep warm.  Add chicken broth, lemon juice and butter to pan.  Deglaze the pan with the liquid(get all the yummy brown bits off the bottom of the pan using a wooden spoon to scrap the bottom of the pan) and cook until the liquid starts to thicken.  I used a nonstick pan this time against my better judgement.  I just got these new pans that I love and I wanted to try the chicken in my new nonstick pan.  The chicken did not stick, but neither did any of the yummy, yummy brown bits.  Lesson: do not use a nonstick pan!
When liquid thickens, add lemon slices to pan and cook for a minute or two.
Add chicken back to pan to coat in the delicious juices!
Sprinkle with parsley.  Top with some of the savory pan juices.

This dish should take about 20 minutes from start to finish.  Perfect for a quick meal at the end of a busy day.

***I will say, this picture does not do the chicken justice.  I have never and will never claim to be a food photographer.  It just always helps me to see the finished dish so that I can see what I am making.

Enjoy!  Your family and friends will love this dish!

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