Lemon Garlic Chicken

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.

Ingredients:

  • 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

Serves: 4

Time: 10 minutes (prep), 25 minutes (cooking)

Cooking Time: 25 minutes

Instructions:

  1. Start by seasoning the chicken breasts with salt and pepper.
  2. 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.
  3. In the same skillet, add minced garlic and sauté for about a minute, or until it becomes fragrant.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Garnish your Lemon Garlic Chicken with fresh parsley for a burst of color and flavor.
  7. 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

Notes:

  • 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.

Allergy Warning:

  • 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.

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