Lemon Garlic Chicken

When I found this casserole dish in my cabinet, I knew it was time to bring out the big guns. This empty Corningware dish was has been in my family for many, many years. Staring at the dish, the memories of my mom’s Lemon Garlic Chicken came rushing back, and how super delicious it was.

I saw a special on an Italian family-style restaurant, where you needed at least a year to even get a reservation. They made their restaurant’s version of lemon garlic chicken that looked absolutely amazing. Now my mother’s recipe was the only one that I’d ever had and was my favorite of all her dishes.

When I was a young mother, I would make this dish, using her recipe. I made it for a girlfriend of mine, Cheri. I can remember when she took her first bite, she knew then why I’m always saying, “taste the love”. Cheri and I spent every day together in those early years, and sometimes I don’t know how I made it through being a single mom without her in my life. Whenever I was unsure of what to make for dinner, it was never an issue, or even up for discussion, she always wanted lemon garlic chicken.

I’ve been cooking now for many years. I’ve learned so much from reading cookbooks and watching cooking shows, that I wanted to dedicate this updated version, of my mother’s recipe, to a very special friend and who’s now a mother herself. The memories I shared with Cheri I will treasure the rest of my life. Cheri, this post, and the recipe to follow are all for you. I know today you’re living a meat-free lifestyle but maybe you’ll make it for your family and this tradition will carry on. Thanks for being you.