Sunday, March 29, 2009

.lemon chicken.

So the other day I asked you guys what I should make for dinner. Mango Shrimp or Lemon Chicken. Well, DH woke up wanting chicken so I went with the latter choice. Here in this town we moved to, there's a chinese restaurant but honestly, in my opinion, it really stinks. The food is just awful and there are no other chinese choices so if we want that type of food, I have to make it myself. I'm not complaining, but making chinese food can be very time consuming. This dish, however, isn't bad at all. In fact, you can have this made in about 45 minutes! You can't beat that!

The chicken is going to take the longest because we have to ensure it's baked through. Yes.. I said baked. Instead of deep frying and having all of those extra calories, we're going to put this in the oven.

Start by taking 4 chicken breasts (or 1 per person) and put on some saran. Wrap the saran so that it's on the top and bottom of the breast. Using a mallet or a heavy saucepan, pound out the thickest part of the breast. We want to make sure the chicken is the same thickness throughout to ensure even baking.

Season the breasts with salt and pepper.

Sprinkle some flour on both sides of the chicken and rub in to coat.

In two separate bowls, put 2 eggs in one, and some panko in another. Panko is japanese bread crumbs that are super super fine and light. I love them and they are essential in Japanese/Chinese cooking.

First coat the chicken breasts in the egg, then put in the panko and make sure they are well breaded.

Drizzle a little olive oil in the bottom of a baking dish and place the chicken breasts in. Pop in a 350* oven for about 30 minutes. To check if they're done, touch the chicken breast and if it's still squishy (which it shouldn't) then cook a little longer. The breast should be firm but not hard.

Now, while the chicken is in the oven, make the rice. The rice will take 20 minutes to prepare. In a pot put 2 cups rice and 3 3/4 cups water. Bring to a boil and stir. Put a lid on, turn the heat down to low low low and let it steam for 20 minutes. You will *always* have perfect rice doing it this way.

Once the rice has been put on the burner, let's make the lemon sauce. So super easy!

Juice enough lemons to make 2/3 cup. This took us about 6 small lemons. Strain so there are no seeds and put in a saucepan.

In the same saucepan, add 2/3 cup sugar, 2/3 cup water, a couple shakes of black pepper and 1 Tbsp cornstarch. Whisk everything together.

Before you throw away the juiced lemon rinds, use a vegetable peeler to peel off some of the zest. We don't need a lot but just enough to give a yummy lemon boost to the sauce.

And then, of course, you will want to thinly slice a lemon. Make sure you remove all the seeds. These will be added to the sauce at the very end to give it visual prettiness. :)

The sauce itself, does not take long to cook. Maybe 7 minutes, so don't make too early or else it could form a skin on top.
All you have to do is put the saucepan on the stove and bring to a boil, whisking consistently. Do not add the lemon zest and slices until the sauce has been completely thickened.
That's it! So simple!

Remove the chicken from the oven, let rest for a minute, then slice on the diagonal against the grain. Plate and spoon on some of the lemon sauce. Serve with rice. I also served mine with broccoli made asian style. If you're interested in that recipe, read on. Otherwise, bon appetit!

Asian style Broccoli

3 cups cooked broccoli
1 clove garlic, minced
2 tsp soy sauce
2 tsp dark soy sauce (aka mushroom soy sauce)
1 cup beef or chicken stock
2 tsp cornstarch
salt and pepper
In a saucepan, heat 1 Tbsp of oil. Saute the garlic for a minute. Don't let burn. Add the broccoli and coat with the oil and garlic. In a small bowl, add all of the liquids and whisk well with the cornstarch. Pour into the broccoli and stir until thick. Season with salt and pepper.

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Giselle said...

Mmmmm yummy.. gonna try it out..

Gis xxx

Miki said...

This is going to be on my menu list this week, yum!

Natalie said...

Mmm, I know what were having tonight!!!

jenn said...

I'm going to try this!!! awesome!

Found you off of two peas!!! :)

Diana H said...

Wow, that's a lot of lemon. lemon Chicken is one of my favorites.

Julie said...

Ummmm! This is on my list of things to make.

Shiona said...

That really looks good. I love lemon chicken, but have never made it before.

FYI, China Star on 211 in Middletown is very good. I miss it since there is no good Chinese further north.

Em said...

I just found your blog this week and am thoroughly impressed. I tried the lemon chicken tonight and thought it was wonderfully easy, and VERY tasty. Thanks for all your recipes!!!

Melissa said...

Hi! I found your blog a few weeks ago and love it! Your food looks amazing and so simple. I've made this recipe a few times and everyone has loved it! Thanks!

Staci said...

So yummy! I'm going to have to try this!!

Anonymous said...

Made this tonight was soo good!!
I cooked the chicken a lil longer and flipped it, I also added cornstarch to the sauce to thicken.... cant wait to make it again!! thanks!

Anonymous said...

Made this tonight was soo good!!
I cooked the chicken a lil longer and flipped it, I also added cornstarch to the sauce to thicken.... cant wait to make it again!! thanks!