February 25, 2014

Italian Lemon Chicken

Italian Lemon Chicken Recipe

My American friends, this Italian Lemon Chicken was written specifically for you. I know you’re sick of this polar vortex madness, so I thought, why not give you a ray of hope?

Lemon has always been one of my favourite flavours, because it adds a burst to anything that it is added to. For me, this recipe sings of sunshine and Summer. Of course we aren’t near Summer just yet so we can stretch for Spring. This recipe has a triple dose of lemon; first to marinade the chicken, then zest in the crust, and then I spritzed some over the chicken. I know, it sounds like an overload but you’d be surprised how well these flavours marry. There is no tartness or bitterness but instead a burst of freshness and light to the chicken. It was very good. It also didn’t help that I ate my share before taking the pictures and had to resist going back for me.

Italian Lemon Chicken  Recipe

What’s funny is that technically speaking it’s summer weather all year round here. Of course, it rains, and parts of the island are much colder than where I am, but I could use lemons everyday but somehow, it just doesn’t feel right until now. Because everything else seems to follow the four seasons. Pretty soon, I will be awoken daily to birds singing outside my window (not as romantic as Snow White or Cinderella made it seem) and the random spring showers will also start. More and more fruits are in season and this is probably why food wise I love this time of the year, when everything is beginning to come into it’s own.

I’m not sure the Italian would be too fond of me borrowing their title for my lemon chicken, but it seems quite fitting. After all, the method of preparation is very similar to parmesan chicken, except instead of the deep tones of marinara sauce we are greeted with the fresh scents and taste of the lemon. I tried cheese with this recipe but it just didn’t seem right; it overshadowed the lemon and I honestly wanted it to shine through. I bread my chicken without the flour mainly because I just don’t like it, but here more importantly because I wanted the breading to be an accompaniment as opposed to the main attraction. My favourite part is probably that the cutlets were cooked perfectly but still soft, a problem that chicken breasts has always seemed to pose. I merrily broke into each piece without an issue, and I think the lemon acted as a natural tenderiser and helped out this process.

Have I convinced you enough yet? I certainly hope so. Here’s some love and sunshine from me to you.

Italian Lemon Chicken  Recipe

Italian Lemon Chicken

Preparation 35 min Cook Time 15 min Serves 10-15     adjust servings

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound chicken cutlets, or 1/2 pound chicken breasts, cut into strips
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon basil
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • lemon wedges to serve

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Marinade the chicken with the lemon juice and the seasonings. Set aside for 30 minutes.
  3. Set up a dredging station - crack egg into a bowl and scramble.
  4. Add the breadcrumbs, additional salt, pepper and oregano and lemon zest into a different bowl.
  5. Heat oil in a pan over medium high heat meanwhile.
  6. Dip chicken into the egg to coat and allow excess to drip off, then dip into breadcrumbs to coat. Use a wet hand for the egg, and a dry hand for the breadcrumbs.
  7. Place chicken on a parchment paper in a plate or cookie sheet until finished with all. Add to the pan and to cook chicken slightly. Cook for 3 minutes on each side to set the breadcrumb coating.
  8. Place the chicken onto a greased cookie sheet and bake for 10 minutes in the oven or until chicken is no longer pink on the inside.
  9. Serve with lemon wedges, which you can lightly squeeze over chicken.
  10. Enjoy!

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31 comments

  1. Yes, we totally need a ray of hope! I am so over this winter weather! This looks absolutely delicious. 🙂

  2. these look LOVELY! so springy and light and cheery, I’m totally in love chica

  3. This looks amazing!! YUM! I hope that you have a great week!

  4. You are so nice to us!! This looks so delicious and nothing a ray of sunshine can’t fix!!

  5. This is seriously my favorite favorite chicken! I mean I make this all the time! Looks incredible!!

  6. This Lemon Chicken is sure to brighten up these gloomy, overcast, and snowy days.

  7. I wish I was having this chicken for dinner tonight! It looks like it would hit the spot. 🙂 These look like the ray of sunlight we all need!

  8. Jess says:

    I love simple chicken dishes like this one. So delicious- definitely need to try this one!

  9. Monica says:

    I think you’ve cooked this chicken to perfection. It looks and sounds incredible; I love all the layers of lemon running through it. I used to order lemon chicken with a side of buttery lemon spaghetti on the side all the time at a couple of restaurants we used to go to…so indulgent and so good. We’re slated to get more snow tonight/tomorrow so I need this.

  10. so sweet to try to bring some warmth to us poor, cold, yankee’s lives 😛 I’m Italian so I love this recipe! pure comfort food!

  11. Lovely chicken recipe! I am drooling! In AZ we are not worried about a polar vortex! It’s all sun shine 🙂

  12. ela@GrayApron says:

    Some tasty bites I see! Men, I would love to have one now! 🙂 ela

  13. Kelly says:

    I could definitely use some bright lemon flavors since it’s been so cold and gloomy here too. Great looking chicken, love how flavorful and crispy it is 🙂

  14. You have definitely convinced me to try this for dinner today! I love lemons, and they must make a wonderful meal when paired with chicken. These look delicious!
    Happy Friday! xx

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