Sunday, November 6, 2011

Lemon Chicken Breasts and Gifts from the Garden

Our first salad greens were taken from our garden this week. The greens required nothing more than a toss in a simple vinaigrette. I had forgotten how amazing fresh greens from your garden directly to your table can taste. 

We needed only a simple entree that would compliment our salad greens and decided baked lemon chicken breasts would be perfect.


Chicken breasts, baked in lemon, wine, oregano and garlic give chicken a great flavor.  We served it along side with cous-cous with pine nuts to help soak up the flavorful lemon juices.


Lemon Chicken Breasts
Serves 4
Recipe from Ina Garten

Ingredients:
1/4 cup good olive oil
3 tablespoons minced garlic (9 cloves)
1/3 cup dry white wine
1 tablespoon grated lemon zest ( 2 lemons)
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
1-1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
4 boneless chicken breasts, skin on (6-8 ounces each)
1 lemon

Directions:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Warm the olive oil in a small saucepan over medium-low heat, add the garlic, and cook for just 1 minute but don't allow the garlic to turn brown.  Off the heat, add the white wine, lemon zest, lemon juice, oregano, thyme, and 1 teaspoon salt pour into a 9x12-inch baking dish.

Pat the chicken breasts dry and place skin side up over the sauce.  Brush the chicken breasts with olive oil and sprinkle them liberally with salt and pepper.  Cut the lemon in 8 wedges and tuck it among the pieces of chicken.

Bake for 30 to 40 minutes, depending on the size of the chicken breasts, until the chicken is done and the skin is lightly browned.  If the chicken is not browned enough, put it under the broiler for 2 minutes.  Cover the pan tightly with aluminum foil and allow to rest for 10 minutes.  Sprinkle with salt and serve hot with the pan juices.

Enjoy!


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40 comments:

Inside a British Mum's Kitchen said...

What a perfect meal, I agree it's amazing how good homegrown greens can be - the pictures are lovely,
Mary x

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Wish my chicken looked that good!:@)

Susan said...

Lovely...couscous to go along with it....perfect.

Big Dude said...

You're chicken looks gorgeous - made me want to reach through the screen and get one.

Ann@Anncoo Journal said...

I love this chicken dish and sounds so good to go with greens :)

Kim said...

Looks like you had some kitchen therapy:) I bet the scent from the chicken baking was terrific. I've made the couscous with pine nuts and we really liked it. I've yet to make this recipe, but I always think it looks delicious!

Claudia said...

I am envying the garden - ours was just "put to bed." But my oregano bush is still growing strong and think that would be a great meal tomorrow!

Julie said...

I think lemon and chicken were just born to be together. This looks fabulous, especially with that fresh salad :)

Sandi said...

that looks really good....I make something similar

rosaria said...

It all looks delicious and healthy.

nanny said...

Too pretty to eat.....well maybe just a bite....
I love anything lemon, must try this recipe!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

That is a beautiful pan of chicken, Velva! I love chicken loaded with herbs and the lemon sounds delicious.

I am so envious of your garden greens. I've never had good luck growing lettuce here.

Care's Kitchen said...

It doesn't get any better than this...for sure!

From the Kitchen said...

Our garden greens have turned black and withered! We do have thyme that survives the winters. Thyme, lemon and chicken--delicious!

Best,
Bonnie

Jennifurla said...

Perfection and healthy, when shall I be over?

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

Now, don't we wish we were picking fresh greens instead of turning up the thermostat? Fresh from the garden - wonderful!

Barbara said...

Even in the days I had a garden, I never grew lettuce. Veggies, yes. But for some reason, never lettuce. What could be better?

The lemon chicken looks wonderful. I like the herbs you used and the couscous would be the perfect final touch.

Nutmeg Nanny said...

This chicken breast sounds delicious! I love lemon paired with chicken...yum!

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Sometimes nice simple fills the bill like nothing else. Love the sound of each of these!! Thank you for the chicken recipe. blessings
~ tanna

Kay Heritage said...

Oh, my word! This looks so great, I could just have it for breakfast even! Great looking recipe, Velva!

Kitchen Belleicious said...

I think it can be so hard to cook chicken perfectly with the right amount of juiciness and tenderness and yet have it be flavorful and fully cooked- your chicken looks amazing and perfect! I love it

TKW said...

Jealous of your greens! All we have left in our garden is some dessicated rosemary :(

From Beyond My Kitchen Window said...

Slurp, its only eight in the morning and I'm drooling over the chicken breasts. Delicious looking for sure. The greens look tender as well.

The Japanese Redneck said...

Nothing beats garden fresh.

Beautiful chicken to go with the greens.

Bizzy B. Bakes said...

This sounds like the best meal, chicken, couscous and fresh salad. Wow!

tasteofbeirut said...

I agree; nothing beats fresh greens from one's own garden. The meal need not be complicated it will be delicious; the chicken is a perfect pair with the salad, the flavors match the greens so well.

teresa said...

oh go gorgeous! the flavors sound so bright and fresh, this is a wonderful dish.

Claudia said...

Made it tonight! Nothing left! yay! (And scrumptious.)

That Girl said...

Greens from the garden just taste so much better than store-bought.

Catherine said...

Dear Velva, This looks beautiful and the recipe sounds very good. I do love the fall but miss all of the freshness from the garden. Blessings, Catherine xo

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Really scrumptious! I'd love to have a garden and grow such greens in it...

Cheers,

Rosa

Lea Ann said...

Isn't lemon and chicken a perfect combination? And with the addition of wine, this looks wonderful Velva. Another bookmarked!

Miss Meat and Potatoes said...

Oh my goodness. What an all around fresh meal. I just started growing Swiss Chard and am amazed how easy it is to do. It's just growing tall and proud for me to snip at random and I hardly to anything to it. Love this chicken recipe. Thanks for sharing.

Mimi said...

YUM! Nothing is more satisfying than to pick something from your garden and build a meal around it.
Mimi

Angie's Recipes said...

This looks scrumpy! I must make this one too.

Michael Toa said...

Oh Yum! This looks incredibly delicious! I am so hungry right now, I almost lick my laptop...

Fresh Local and Best said...

Oh this sounds fabulous! I love the combination of lemon herbs and chicken. I also think this would make a good candidate for a make ahead meal. Delish!

Sook said...

I should eat more things like this... Yum!

Chris said...

The buttery wine sauce sounds phenomenal. I bet the chicken has a silky "mouth feel" because of it.

Eliana said...

Ina Garten recipes are the best and this one looks like it doesn't disappoint!

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