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Saturday, April 4, 2015

Lemon Butter Chicken

Lemon, butter, olive oil, stock and fresh seasonings.  
A budget friendly meal that certainly doesn't lack in flavor.

I've always had this thing about lemons.

You see, I wasn't really sure if I liked them.

For whatever reason whenever I'd see someone cooking with them, or squeezing a lemon over the final dish, I had it in my head that it ruined it.  Who wants some tart juice drizzled over a savory dish?  In my head, it just did not make sense.

So, unless I was making this lemonade for us to drink at home, I just wasn't that interested.

I have also heard rumors to NEVER ORDER LEMONS WITH YOUR WATER IN RESTAURANTS {sorry for the caps, but some people do feel that strongly about this}. Reports have claimed that lemons contain the most bacteria of anything else in restaurants. Now, I have no idea if this is true, but considering we don't go out to eat often, when I do I want to make sure I enjoy it and I'm not regretting drinking their water later.

So enter in last week, when I failed to plan for dinner and so 4 p.m. came rolling around with nothing prepped or even thought about.  {I hate those kind of days}.

I did have chicken thawed.  Because when in doubt always thaw chicken.  But of course, as a typical mom of 3 I had no idea what I wanted to do with it.

We had bought some lemons at the store the week prior and I had the last little bit of dried parsley left over from my mom's garden last year.  I stared at both.

Nothing was coming.

So honestly, I just started throwing items together.  

And it worked.

This chicken is lightly fried in a skillet with copious amounts of butter, chicken stock and lemon juice.  I seasoned the chicken breasts to the high heavens with salt, pepper, garlic powder and onion powder.

The lemon does not over power the dish like I was expecting, it just gives it a fresh, vibrant splash of flavor.  Not at all like I thought.

All of this put together made one fast dish.  Easily under 30 minutes.  And talk about flavor! The husband was working that night and I texted him "I made the best chicken EVER tonight!".

And as most husband's respond, I got...


If he only knew the effort it took to turn boring chicken breasts into something so good.  He isn't into food as much as me.  Well, eating it he enjoys.  Cooking it, is a whole 'nother thing.

Lemon Butter Chicken
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3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, halved horizontally {giving you six servings}
1/2 c. flour
1 t. salt
1 t. pepper
1 t. garlic powder
1 t. onion powder
1 T. dried or fresh parsley
1 lemon
1/2 c. chicken stock
3 T. butter
3 T. olive oil

1.  In a skillet heat the butter and olive oil to a medium-high heat.
2.  Season chicken breasts with salt, pepper, garlic powder and onion powder.
3.  Dredge the chicken breasts in the flour, shaking off an excess.
4.  Gently lay the chicken in the skillet, cooking 3-4 minutes a side.
5.  After both sides of the chicken are cooked {you will have a golden brown crust on them}, remove them from the pan to a plate.
6.  Keeping the skillet on medium-high heat, squeeze in the lemon juice and chicken stock.  Using a wooden spoon scrape up the food bits from the bottom of the pan.  Allow this mixture to boil and thicken a bit.
7.  Place the cooked chicken back into the pan with the lemon/stock gravy.
8.  Garnish with reserved lemon slices and parsley.  Serve hot.


Did you see my fun and exciting news I announced on Facebook and Twitter yesterday?

I will be heading to the Aldi's headquarters in Chicago later this month on behalf of their blogger program.  A handful of us will be visiting their test kitchen, a local store and getting the inside scope on this favorite store of mine.

I am super excited.  Not only do I get to travel to Chicago BY MYSELF I get to mingle with the best in the industry.  Do you have any questions for Aldi's?  I'll be taking your questions all month long with their #ALDIasks program.  Leave them in the comments!

Would you like to comment?

  1. Yep, definitely making this dish - maybe tonight it the chicken I bought last week didn't go bad in the fridge! I love all things lemon, but now will think twice about asking for lemon water in a restaurant!

    Will you have any time to meet for lunch and dinner - I know those sorts of trips are pretty well planned out - let me know!

  2. CHICKENNNN!!! I cannot get enough, THAT IS FOR SURE!! Seriously crave it all day, every day! lol

  3. My family loves lemons, i'm going to try this recipe soon. Thanks!

  4. Girl as soon as I know my schedule I'll let you know! I'm there April 23-24, so it is a quick trip, but would LOVE to meet up, even if it was just for a drink:)

  5. Jenn@slim-shoppinApril 4, 2015 at 10:49 PM

    I was just about to ask the same thing -meet up?!?!?!

  6. I made this last week and it was a huge hit! Super easy and the whole family raved! Thanks for sharing your great and easy recipes!