I have three words for this Baked Lemon Chicken Recipe – Healthy, flavorful and easy!
Lemon chicken… Even the name makes your mouth pool with water. This delicious Baked Lemon Chicken recipe will make for a luscious dinner with an underlying hint of tanginess – the perfect way to end your day. You can make this recipe ahead and enjoy it after a tiring day at work. Or maybe, you can enjoy it as a treat on the weekend.
Garlic, herbs and lemon make this recipe, not just delicious but also nutritious and healthy. The best thing about this recipe is that it is quite simple to make. If you know how to make simple baked chicken, you can easily pull off this recipe. The carefully chosen ingredients are what jazz up this recipe.
What Makes Our Lemon Chicken So Special?
In order to jazz up this recipe, we use lemon in three different ways. First off, we will use fresh lemon juice to add a lemony, citrusy kick to this chicken. Secondly, we will also use the lemon zest for marinating the chicken. And, finally, we will garnish the dish with thin lemon slices, adding a burst of yellow to the dish.
We will also a nuanced touch of garlic to our Lemon Chicken. We won’t just use freshly chopped garlic. We will also throw in a dash of garlic powder to add different layers of flavor to the recipe.
The chicken is coated with a delicious layer of parmesan. When you fry the bake the chicken, the parmesan melts on the crispy crust of the chicken. As soon as you will take the first bite, your mouth will explode with a burst of flavors. Oh yum!
And, the final secret of our Lemon Chicken is herbs. We add a lot of dried herbs to enhance the flavors and fragrance of this recipe. As soon as you will start preparing this recipe, the delectable wafts will spread in your entire home and tickle everyone’s olfactory bulbs, making them crave this luscious dish.
What Tools Do You Need For This Recipe?
First off, you will need a baking dish. If you do not have a baking dish at home, you can use any oven-proof dish. Also, you do not need a baking sheet because of the sauce.
Secondly, you will need a grater for the lemon zest. If you have a squeezer or citrus juicer, it always comes in handy. But you can always squeeze the lemons with your hand.
Lastly, it is always a good idea to use a meat thermometer, especially if you are not experienced in using your oven. This ensures that the meat is not undercooked.
How to Make Lemon Chicken?
This recipe takes just a few simple ingredients to get ready. First off, you will need to cut the chicken pieces. Make sure that you cut evenly so that it gets cooked evenly. Next, prepare the egg mixture. All you have to do is to add eggs, garlic, and the seasonings, and go whisk, whisk, whisk! Then, prepare the parmesan cheese and flour mixture to coat on the chicken. Once you have evenly coated the chicken with the egg and parmesan mixture, it’s time to cook. You can either bake the chicken in an oven or fry it on a hot skillet. Cook the chicken for about 5 minutes until the internal temperature is 165 degrees.
For the Lemon Butter Sauce, sauté the garlic and butter. Once the garlic is sautéed, whisk the lemon juice, chicken broth and seasonings into it. Then, pour this Lemon Chicken sauce over the cooked chicken.
A good tip is to drizzle this sauce just before serving so that it doesn’t get dried out. Also, if you want an extra tangy flavor, you can increase the lemon juice in this recipe.
Garnish the dish with lemon wedges or thin slices after your drizzle the Lemon Chicken sauce. Also, add a splash of green with chopped coriander.
Can You Make Lemon Chicken Ahead?
Yes, you can do some prep ahead of time. You can marinate the chicken with the egg mixture and place it in the fridge. In fact, this marination helps the flavors emulsify better, making for a juicier and more tender chicken.
What To Serve With Lemon Chicken?
The options are unlimited. It’s a great idea to serve asparagus and zucchini with the chicken as they go well with the lemony flavors. If you are looking for a more filling dinner, you can also serve mashed or roasted potatoes with this perfect Lemon Chicken recipe.
You can also cut the chicken into smaller pieces and use it for pasta. Fried rice is also a great option to serve with Lemon Chicken. Now you know what to serve with Lemon Chicken.
Tips for Making the Perfect Lemon Chicken
If you want to add another hue of fragrance to your recipe, throw in some extra black pepper and rosemary with the lemon juice when you make the sauce. The rosemary compliments lemon perfectly, creating a mouthwatering fragrance.
Also, it is a good idea to marinate the chicken and leave it for some time so that the flavors merge together and the lemon tenderizes the chicken.
If you feel that your chicken gets rubbery after cooking, try brining it with saltwater before you cook. Soak the chicken in saltwater for some time and rinse it before cooking it. This helps to make the chicken tender so that it doesn’t get rubbery after cooking.
A final tip is to always make the Lemon Chicken sauce in double so that you can serve it separately. You can also use it in other recipes!
- 2 chicken breasts
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tbsp parsley
- 2 large eggs
- 1 garlic clove
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- 1 cup grated Parmesan Cheese
- 3 tbsp flour
- 8 tbsp melted butter
- ¼ cup chicken broth
- Cut the chicken breaths and pat them dry with a towel.
- Mix the egg, garlic, salt and pepper to make the egg mixture.
- Coat the chicken with the egg mixture.
- Cook or bake the chicken until the internal temperature is about 165 degrees.
- Add butter, garlic and seasonings, chicken broth, and lemon juice in a saucepan and cook it to a boil.
- Once the chicken is ready, drizzle the sauce over it.
- Garnish with freshly chopped parsley and serve immediately.