Background and History:
Lemon Garlic Chicken is a timeless and comforting dish that harmoniously blends zesty citrus and aromatic garlic with tender chicken. While its precise origin is not well-documented, variations of this dish have been enjoyed in Mediterranean and European cuisines for generations. This combination offers a burst of flavor that has stood the test of time.
- 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- 2 lemons
- 6 cloves of garlic, minced
- 2 tablespoons of olive oil
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Fresh parsley for garnish
- Optional: 1/4 cup of white wine or chicken broth
Time: 10 minutes (prep), 25 minutes (cooking)
Cooking Time: 25 minutes
- Start by seasoning the chicken breasts with salt and pepper.
- In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the chicken breasts and cook for about 5-6 minutes on each side, or until they are golden brown and fully cooked. Remove the chicken from the skillet and set it aside.
- In the same skillet, add minced garlic and sauté for about a minute, or until it becomes fragrant.
- Squeeze the juice from both lemons into the skillet, and if desired, add white wine or chicken broth. Stir and let the mixture simmer for 2-3 minutes.
- Return the cooked chicken to the skillet, and coat it with the lemon garlic sauce. Cook for an additional 2-3 minutes to heat the chicken through.
- Garnish your Lemon Garlic Chicken with fresh parsley for a burst of color and flavor.
- Serve hot with your choice of sides, such as steamed vegetables or rice.
Nutrition Facts (per serving):
- Calories: 280
- Protein: 35g
- Fat: 11g
- Carbohydrates: 9g
- Fiber: 2g
- Sugars: 2g
- The lemon garlic sauce can be adjusted to your preferred level of tanginess by adding more or less lemon juice.
- You can deglaze the skillet with white wine for a touch of sophistication or use chicken broth for a non-alcoholic version.
- Be cautious if you or your guests have allergies to any of the ingredients. Garlic and lemon are common allergens.
- Check for potential cross-contamination or substitute ingredients as needed for any allergies or dietary restrictions.
Enjoy your homemade Lemon Garlic Chicken, a timeless and versatile dish that’s perfect for a cozy family dinner or a special date night.