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The Perfect Lemon Chicken Recipe

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!
Ingredients

  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp parsley
  • Lemon
  • 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 

Method 

  1. Cut the chicken breaths and pat them dry with a towel. 
  2. Mix the egg, garlic, salt and pepper to make the egg mixture. 
  3. Coat the chicken with the egg mixture. 
  4. Cook or bake the chicken until the internal temperature is about 165 degrees. 
  5. Add butter, garlic and seasonings, chicken broth, and lemon juice in a saucepan and cook it to a boil. 
  6. Once the chicken is ready, drizzle the sauce over it. 
  7. Garnish with freshly chopped parsley and serve immediately. 

Here Is What You Need To Know About Indian Food Culture & Its Diversity

People of India are fond of cooking as it plays a vital role in their everyday life and festivals, religious and cultural events. In India, Food is cooked and decorated as a part of the everyday meal, consisting of various course dishes and side dishes. Indian food culture is rich with diverse dishes and cooking styles. 

The Food of India that we see in the present form has attained its shape after going through many changes. Due to this reason, North Indian food is quite different from South Indian food, while East Indian Food is totally unique from West Indian food. 

The primary reason behind the diversity of Indian Food is that it was greatly influenced by the neighbors, travelers, and rulers. Moreover, India’s unique geography and exciting history have also impacted the Food as well as overall eating habits of the people. 

History Of Indian Food, Culture & Traditions 

Having a detailed look at Indian history helps us understand how Indian Food is strongly related to culture and traditions. 

2000 BC 

In this era, India was a part of the Indus Valley Civilization that laid the foundation for the Ayurvedic cooking style. 

1000 BC 

It was the time when Aryans entered India and gave rise to the caste system. They devised different eating standards for the lower and upper class of society. 

600 BC 

In this era, Buddhism and Jainism dominated India. As a result, people started to follow the foods recommended by religious scholars. 

400 BC 

Around 400 BC, Greeks entered India and started living in various Indian regions. Their eating habits, culture as well as traditions also impacted the way Indian people live and eat. 

1200 -1500 AD  

In this Era, Portuguese people invaded India. Moreover, it also became home to Persian and other non-Indian Dynasties. All of them came up with their unique Food as well as traditional eating habits. 

1500-1800 AD 

Mughals dominated this area in this era. They were Muslims, and their favorite Food was meat. It was the time when various meat dishes became a part of Indian culture. 

 1800 – 1947 AD 

As we know, the British ruled India from 1857 to 1947, which gave rise to the popularity of British Anglo Indian cuisine, including tea. 

1948 and onwards 

In the late 20th century and the 21st century, significant foods that are a part of Indian culture today include rice and wheat as staple foods. 

However, this is not the end. Many varied accompaniments and desserts add deliciousness to family gatherings, functions, parties, and festivals.   

In-depth Details About Indian Classic Cuisine 

The major factor that distinguishes Indian Food from other foods is the use of spices. Indian Food does not rely only on a single spice; instead, different herbs are used to prepare various dishes. 

The best part about Indian spices is that they carry various medicinal as well as nutritional benefits. 

Here it is worth mentioning that spices are used very generously in Indian Food. In fact, spiciness is the major reason behind the immense popularity of Indian cuisine. 

Let’s study Indian food culture in various regions of India in detail. 

North Indian Food 

Indian food culture in North India comprises Kashmiri cuisines. An interesting thing about North Indian Food is that every dish revolves around rice. It is due to the reason that rice is the primary food that is found abundantly in the beautiful valley of Kashmir. 

In other words, rice is the principal Food of North Indian people. 

Let’s have a look at some other major food dishes of North India.  

  • One of the tastiest and delicious dishes of Indian Food is Saag. It is similar in appearance to other leafy green vegetables such as spinach and mustard greens. The Interesting part about it is that it is prevalent in Kashmir, but the people of all religions and areas of India and Pakistan equally love Saag. 
  • In some areas of North India, people are also fond of preparing chapatis with a variety of flours, including rice, wheat, and besan.  
  • It is a cultural norm of Kashmir people to cook various breads baked in tandoors or natural stoves on numerous occasions, including weddings, festivals, and religious celebrations. These chapatis have different names based on their unique recipes, including Tandoori, rumali, and naan, etc. 

All of the foods mentioned above of the north Indian region strongly reflect the Mughlai food. So we can say the people of Kashmir follow the cultural and traditional cooking styles of Mughlai foods. 

West Indian Food  

When we move from North to west, we find that the food trend slightly changes and converts into dessert cuisine. It is most commonly observed in the areas of Rajasthan and Gujarat, where people are used to preparing and eating various pickles, vegetable preserves (chutneys), and other similar food items.   

Each of these desserts comes up with a different flavor and unique taste, while spices also make them different from one another. 

In this region, people are more geared towards the use of pulses than the use of chicken or other meat-related dishes.

If you mainly study the classic food trends of the states like Goa and Maharashtra, you will know that people usually love the amalgamation of both Northern and Southern Food.  

So, we can see that people use rice and wheat to make chapati and add various desserts and pickles to their diet. The great benefit of using vegetable preserves and pickles is that you can always use them without keeping your vegetables fresh.

Moreover, they are a very delicious and unique addition to our daily meals. 

The use of pickles reveals the eating habits and lifestyles of Persian people and North Indian Dynasties. So the use of desserts dates back to almost 800 years.  

In Mumbai, dishes related to fish are ubiquitous, such as Mumbai prawn and pomfret. 

If we closely observe and examine the Food of Goa, we know that it is closely related to Portuguese Food. The cooking style recipes and the dishes of this region closely resemble the Portuguese dishes. Some of the examples of the dishes include duck baffad, egg molie, etc. 

East Indian Food 

Eastern dishes are very strongly influenced by Bengali food. Remember that Bengali Food comprises fish and rice as the major food items.

In Eastern India, the Assamese style of cooking is also very prominent and noticeable.  

The people of Bangladesh, as well as East India, have a strong inclination towards the use of fish for the preparation of a variety of dishes. 

The most common dish of Eastern India is “Hilsa,” in which fish is wrapped in the pumpkin leaf and then cooked. 

Various sweet dishes are also common in this region, including Sandesh, Cham Cham, and rose Gullahs.  

South Indian Food 

As the Southern region of India comprises coastal areas, fish, spices, and coconut are ubiquitous. Or we can say that almost all the dishes of the South Indian region have these components as the star ingredients. 

To further add characteristic spicy odor and sour flavor, people use tamarind in their coastal dishes. 

Andhra Pradesh and Kerala are the most prominent regions of South Asia where people are fond of adding chilies and spices to their Food. Some of the examples of these dishes are fish Moli, Dosas, and rice puttu.  

Puttu is a highly unique and exciting dish of South India consisting of glutinous rice powder. 

In short, when we compare all four Indian regions, we come to know that the most interesting area in terms of food culture is the Southern Indian region. 

Indian Food, culture, traditions and their role in community health

As we have seen that Indian cuisine changes from region to region, which is strong evidence that the people of India are ethnically different and live in the diverse subcontinent. 

However, they share some common food styles, such as spices as an integral part of their food and cooking. 

It is also said that India’s significant and integral part of food preparation resembles that of Indus Valley civilization. 

Final Verdict 

If you have ever eaten Indian food, you should know that herbs, vegetables, pulses, and legumes are the primary food components. Moreover, all the foods of Indian cuisine are equally delectable, aromatic, and favorable, which ensure health benefits and provide a highly delicious taste. 

Various spices that are used in the preparation of Food come up with nutritional benefits. 

In most areas where people use chilies excessively, the dishes are tasty, but they may cause stomach burning. However, the use of various drinks such as lassi makes it easy for people to digest spices and enjoy the improved taste of the dishes. 

 By the way, now that you have read about Indian food culture, does this discussion seem interesting to you? Which of the four Indian Food Traditions do you like the most? Have you ever enjoyed eating Indian Food? 

Let us know in the comment section below. 

Traditional moroccan chicken tagine recipe .

Chicken tagine is a typical North African and especially Moroccan dish; the main ingredients are chicken, cooked with mixed vegetables, lemons, honey, and spices. It is a very popular dish with Moroccans, as it is served on holidays and weddings, also it is considered one of the main dishes in Ramadan. 

Moroccan Chicken Tagine Recipe: 

  • Meal course: Arabian food.
  • Meal type: Maghrib Traditional Food.
  • Meal difficulty: Medium.
  • Servings: For 6 People.
  • Total Time, preparation, and cooking: 1 hour, 25 minutes.

Ingredients: 

  • 4 chicken thighs.
  •  1 yellow pepper.
  •  2 onions.
  •  2  cloves garlic.
  •  1 zucchini.
  •  1 carrot.
  •  1 handful of black olives.
  •  1 red tomato.
  •  2 spoons of honey.
  •  2 TBSP Lemon juice.
  •  1 TBSP turmeric.
  • 1 TSP ground ginger.
  • Fresh cilantro.
  • Salt and black pepper.

Instructions:

  • In a Deep pan, over medium heat with the oil. Add the garlic cloves and sliced onions. Saute the onions over low heat. 
  • Add the chopped tomatoes and honey. At this point, brown the chicken for a few minutes and add the lemon juice. Add spices and cook over low heat.
  • Cut all the vegetables into small pieces and add them harmoniously to the chicken. Also, add the black olives. Salt and pepper.
  • Cover with the special extended lid and cook at 175 degrees for one hour.
  • Once ready, sprinkle with fresh cilantro or chopped fresh parsley.
How to make easy Rice and chicken (Kuwaiti machbos)

How to make easy Rice and chicken (Kuwaiti machbos)

Machbos is a traditional dish in Kuwait

It is considered one of the main famous dishes

It is a healthy dish because it contains carbohydrates, proteins and fiber.

Let us start with the ingredients and how to cook this delicious dish.

Cooking time 1:30 – 2 hours ( If use a pressure cooker will be 1 hour )

Most of the time the chicken has to be cooked

Ingredients:

1 whole chicken

3 cups of long rice ( basmati )

4 spoons of oil ( use ghee for a tastier taste )

2 chopped onions

1 Minced garlic ( fresh )

1 chopped tomatoes

5 pieces of fresh cardamom (a)

2 Cinnamon sticks (b)

3 pieces of Bay paper (c)

2 pieces of cloves (d)

7 grains of black pepper not crushed (e)

1/2 tablespoon salt ( as you like ) (f)

½ tablespoon black paper powder  (g)

1 tablespoon ( each )of mixing spices ( curry, turmeric, and  ground coriander ) (h)

Pinch of saffron (i)

Prepare:

  1. Wash the rice until the water becomes clear, then keep it into the water for half an hour.
  2. Fry the onion with the oil for 10 min.
  3. Add the garlic, tomatoes, and all the spices ( a, b, c, d, e, f, g, h,i).
  4. Keep frying for 5 minutes.
  5. Add the whole chicken (with the frying onions and the other ingredients ) for 5 minutes.
  6. Add hot water until chicken is covered a little ( close the cover ) keep boiling until the chicken be cooked ( about 1 hour ).
  7. Remove the chicken and keep it on the side.
  8. Strain the chicken water but don’t thought the water.
  9. Add the rice with the chicken water ( let the chicken water cover the rice).
  10. Cook the rice on medium heat ( 180 c ) for half an hour.
  11. Fry the chicken and put it Over the cooked rice.

Bon appétit