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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. 

How to Cook the Best Paneer Steak at Home?

How to Cook the Best Paneer Steak at Home?

Today, I am here with a recipe that will have you licking your fingers in delight. Paneer steak with sautéed vegetables is one of the Continental recipes that you cannot afford to miss out on. You will smack your lips in contentment as soon as you take the first bite of the panner steak. The succulent cottage cheese will melt on your tongue, making you moan in pleasure.
The best thing about this recipe is that it is quite easy to prepare and also economical. My favorite part aspect about this recipe is that you can play around with the flavors as much as you want.

Steak is always a special dish, whether you make it with chicken or cottage cheese. 

What to Serve with Paneer Steaks?
Paneer steak with sauteed vegetables is one of the best combinations ever. It is the perfect combo of flavors and nutrients. The delectable crunch of bell pepper with the soft bite of paneer steaks makes it just so delicious. The reds, yellows, and greens of the vegetables make the dish look great on the table. 

You can also serve your favorite dip or sauce with cottage cheese steaks to add a kick of flavor to the dish. Now you know what to serve with paneer steaks! 

How to Make Spicy Pepper Garlic Sauce for Your Paneer Steak? 

Now, let’s talk about the spicy part of the recipe. A spicy pepper garlic sauce adds a punch of flavor and takes the dish to the next level. To make the spicy pepper garlic sauce, all you have to do is mix a teaspoon of red chili flakes, half a teaspoon of black pepper, with half a teaspoon of garlic paste in a non-stick pan on medium heat. Then, mix two teaspoons of cornflour with water and add the garlic paste to it. Make sure that you mix the cornflour with the water first. Otherwise, it will get clumpy and won’t mix properly. 

If you want to give it a ketchup-y tinge, add two tablespoons of ketchup to the dip. Before you serve, sprinkle some chopped coriander leaves on the dip to add a burst of green to it. All done!

A tip to make the sauce even more yummy is to ground the chili and black pepper fresh. This will bring out more flavor to this dip. Also, do not make this dip ahead of time because it gets very thick. If you do want to store it for later, you can add some water to dilute the dip. 

You can drizzle the spicy pepper garlic sauce over the paneer steaks before serving. 

Tips for Making the Best Paneer Steak 

An amazing tip is to grill the paneer steak on a grill pan. The patterns of the grill pan get imprinted on the steak, making it look even more appetizing. 

The next tip is to add vegetables to your recipe. You can use anything from broccoli, zucchini, and corn to capsicum and carrots, and it will turn out amazing. If you serve the paneer steaks with broccoli, even your kids will love broccoli. If you want to get a little fancy, pierce the vegetables on skewers. This will give it a restraint-style look. You can serve the paneer steaks separately or add them to the bamboo skewers also. 

You can also mash the paneer and mix it with salt, pepper, coriander, garlic, etc. to make patties. If you are using this method, you can grill the patties for about 5 minutes and the paneer steak will be ready. Many people like their paneer steaks like this because the flavors get mixed together, making an even more delicious paneer steak. The crisp softness of the paneer steak patty will make you moan in delight. To make the paneer a little crispy on the outside, coat it with bread crumbs or crushed cornflakes. This will add a delectable crisp to the paneer. If you are using bread crumbs or cornflakes to coat the paneer, you can add a little more salt and pepper to balance the flavors. 

Also, before you place the paneer steaks on the grill, make sure that the skillet is smoking hot so that the cottage cheese steaks steak gets a little crispy. 

A useful tip is to not make these cottage cheese steaks in advance. This is because the paneer starts to get a little chewy if you keep it out for too long. The best way is to make them fresh so that the paneer stays soft and crispy. This makes for the best paneer steaks ever! 

Ingredients

For The Paneer Steak:

  • 125 grams cottage cheese
  • ¼ tsp salt or salt to taste
  • ¼ tsp red chili powder
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 Clove garlic
  • Refined Flour 1 tbsp
  • 1 slice of bread
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp coriander leaves
  • 1 tbsp mint leaves
  • 1 tsp green chilies, chopped
  • 2 slices cheese
  • 2 slices tomato
  • 1 red capsicum
  • 1 yellow capsicum
  • 1 green capsicum

For The Rice:

  • 1 1/3 cup Basmati Rice Grains
  • 2 2/3 cups Water
  • 1 tbs Olive Oil
  • 4 tbs Butter
  • 2 tsp Finely Chopped Garlic
  • 1 tsp Sliced Jalapeno Pepper
  • 3/4 cup Sliced Zucchini
  • 1/4 cup Sweet Corn Kernels
  • 1 tsp Fresh Black Pepper Powder
  • 2 tsp Finely Chopped Celery Stalks
  • 1 tsp Chopped Parsley Leaves
  • To Taste Salt

Method

  1. Grind the mint leaves, coriander leaves, garlic and lemon juice. Add salt, red chili powder and olive oil to make a paste. 
  2. Cut the cottage cheese into thick slabs and sprinkle salt and red chili powder on each side. 
  3. Spread the paste on the cottage cheese. 
  4. Sprinkle some flour over the paste so that it sticks to the paneer steaks. 
  5. Drizzle some olive oil to grill them. 
  6. Add a dash of chili powder and salt to the chopped capsicums. 
  7. Sauté the capsicums for a few minutes. 
  8. Add chopped garlic and olive oil to the pan. Then, add zucchini slices and sauté them. 
  9. Add jalapeno peppers and corn to the pan. 
  10.  Once the vegetables are sautéed, add chopped parsley and seasonings to the mixture. 
  11.  Add the rice and toss it will. 
  12. Serve the sauteed vegetables and rice with a paneer steak and serve immediately. 

Best Beef Kofta Recipe

Keywords

  • Authentic kofta recipe
  • How to Make the Best Koftas? 
  • Best Beef Koftas
  • Meatball

Best Beef Kofta Recipe

Kofta or Meatballs is a delectable recipe that you must try out. This is an authentic kofta recipe with the perfect blend of spices. The succulent koftas just melt in your mouth. The spices infused in them will make you feel hungrier. 

What is A Kofta? 

A kofta is a meatball. You can enjoy it with a delicious curry, that is made with onions, tomatoes and yogurt. You can also bake your koftas without the curry. 

How to Make the Best Koftas? 

First of all, fry the onions until they are golden brown. Then, add some water to the pot and mash the onions into a smooth paste. If you want, you can transfer the golden-brown onions to a blender to grind them. Once the onion paste is ready, add the ginger garlic paste and oil. Once these ingredients form a smooth waste, it’s time to add the onion paste, yogurt and seasonings. Cook the mixture for some time and add water if required. 

Then, mix all the seasonings with the beef. Once the beef mixture is ready, start rolling the koftas into golf ball-sized meatball. When you are rolling the meatball mixture into balls, use your fingers. Do not use a spoon or spatula as that can turn the mixture into an overworked meat paste. If the meatball mixture is sticking to your hands, you can grease your hands. In this way, the mixture won’t stick. Also, make sure that the meatballs are of the same size so that they cook evenly. If you are not sure about the size, you can use a cookie scoop to make sure that they are of the same size. If you don’t have a cookie scoop, you can pat the meatball mixture in a tray and cut it into even squares. Then, roll each square into a ball. 

If you feel that the meatball mixture is getting too dry or tough, you can add a bit of milk with the breadcrumbs and add it to the mixture. This will keep the meatballs moist and soft.  

Traditionally, koftas are deep-fried before transferring them to the curry. But, to keep this recipe healthy, I have skipped that step. If you want to add some extra flavor to the meatballs, consider browning them in the oven. To brown the meatballs, use a dark baking sheet and place the meatballs in the oven for 10 minutes. 

Once the meatballs are ready, transfer them to the pot. Rotate the pot so that the curry coats the koftas properly. Once the koftas are cooked in the sauce, you can dish them out. Garnish with green chilies and fresh coriander. If you want your koftas without the curry, you can simply bake the koftas. 

Now you know how to make the best beef koftas!

Tips and Tricks for Making the Best Beef Koftas

One of the most important things that you must remember is that there should be no excess moisture in the meat. Too much moisture can make the koftas break. If the beef is too watery, you can squeeze out the excess water and strain the beef. So, make sure that you dab the meat dry before you use it. If there is no moisture and the kofta mixture is still too soft, you can add some breadcrumbs to the mixture. The breadcrumbs also prevent the meatballs from shrinking. This is because they create a starchy paste that will not let the water squeeze out of the meatballs. If you do not add breadcrumbs, the meatballs tend to become dry, tough, and reduced in size. 

Another essential trick is to use full-fat ground beef instead of lean beef. The extra fat in the beef helps the meatballs bind.  

If you want to make your koftas soft and juicy, a helpful tip is to soak the bread with grated onion. This will make the read puff up when it’s cooking. This also adds a punch of onion flavor and fragrance to the koftas. 

Another tip is that you shouldn’t spoon the koftas to move them around when they are cooking. Otherwise, they will fall apart. If you want to move them, you can rotate the pot gently. 

You can also use minced chicken or mutton to make koftas. It’s also a good idea to use fresh meats (not previously frozen). The other herbs and spices should also be fresh for the best flavors and fragrances. 

If you like an extra tinge of garlic in your meatballs, feel free to add double the garlic. The garlicky kick with the spice makes the perfect combo. 

If you are making the koftas ahead of time, you can freeze them. Just cool them down and place them in a Ziplock bag. You can store them for up to a month. With this authentic kofta recipe, you can enjoy this traditional dish whenever you want! 

What to Serve with Koftas? 

Pakistanis and Indians usually enjoy koftas with chapattis or naans. You can also eat them with spaghetti or bread. If you plan to eat the koftas with spaghetti, you can also try adding cheese. This will make the flavor quite different from the traditional ones, but meat adds a lot of flavors to the meatballs. The options are unlimited!

If you want to get a little fancy, serve the kofta curry with boiled eggs. It adds a hearty flavor to the dish and makes it more satisfying. Baked potatoes also compliment koftas really well. 

Ingredients

  • 500 gm minced mutton
  • 1 teaspoon ginger powder
  • 6 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon red chili powder
  • 3 tablespoon yogurt (curd)
  • 3 crushed black cardamom
  • 3 pinches salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garam masala powder

Method

  1. Heat the oil in a pot and add chopped onions to it. Fry the onions until they are golden brown. 
  2. Grind the onions with a splash of water to make a smooth paste. Add ginger-garlic paste to the onions. 
  3. Add yogurt, salt, red chili powder, coriander powder and turmeric to the pot and cook. 
  4. Mix the meatball ingredients and roll the mixture into balls. 
  5. Cook the koftas in the pot with the curry. 
  6. Serve immediately. 
Hummus and Babaghanoush recipe

Hummus and Babaghanoush recipe

Baba ghanouj or baba ganoush is a simple plate prepared with hummus and falafel. It is a dish from the Middle East that is quite simple and quick to prepare.

At the base, this dish is none other than a mashed eggplant (eggplant caviar) to which is added tahini (sesame puree), olive oil, lemon juice, and garlic. Sometimes the flavor is more pronounced because the eggplant will have a taste of smoke if we choose to grill it unlike the roasted in the oven aubergines which will have a sweeter taste. 

The Origins Of This Dish: 

It can be found throughout the Middle East, as well as in some Mediterranean countries like Greece, but according to them, this dish would originate from Lebanon.

baba in Arabic means father, which can be interpreted by the father of vegetables probably from the important place that occupies the eggplant, and ghanouj means soft. Eggplants can be roasted in the oven, but if you prefer a smoky taste, you can also grill the eggplants. Serve, simply drizzle with a dash of olive oil or try adding one of the garnishes parsley, cumin, and paprika.

Hummus and Babaghanoush Recipes:

  • Meal course: Arabian food.
  • Meal type: Middle Eastern Food.
  • Meal difficulty: Medium.
  • Servings: For 5 People.
  • Total Time, preparation, and cooking: 40 minutes.

Babaghanoush recipe:

Ingredients: 

  • 1 large eggplant.
  • 3 tablespoons of grilled tahini (sesame paste). 
  • salt. 
  • 1 lemon. 
  • 1 clove of crushed garlic. 
  • 1 tablespoon of chopped parsley olive oil.
  • ½ teaspoon cumin.

Instructions: 

  • Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C).
  • Cut the eggplant in half and place it on a plate covered with aluminum foil.
  • Cook for 20-30 minutes or until soft.
  • Remove eggplant from the oven and let cool.
  • Turn the eggplant over and scrape the pulp with a spoon.
  • Mash in a blender or with a fork and purée.
  • Drizzle the pulp with half the lemon juice.
  • Add the tahini and stir. Season with cayenne pepper and cumin.
  • Add the garlic and olive oil. Mix well.
  • Pour the second half of the lemon juice
  • Adjust the seasoning. Serve with olive oil and lemon.
  • Sprinkle with chopped parsley and sprinkle with cumin before serving.

El Hummus Recipe:

Ingredients: 

  • 250 gr cooked drained chickpeas.
  • 1 clove of garlic.
  • 50 ml sesame oil.
  • 1/2 lemon juice.
  • 1 pinch salt.
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil.
  • 1 pinch of cumin.
  • 1 pinch of paprika.

Instructions: 

  • Add the chickpeas, lemon juice, salt, sesame oil, and peeled garlic clove to the chopper.
  •   Mix until smooth and homogeneous (1 minute).
  •   Place your hummus on a hollow plate.
  •   Drizzle with olive oil, then sprinkle with cumin and paprika.
  •   Here you go, your hummus is ready!