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Lemon Garlic Chicken

2014-09-23 13.09.08

This is my recipe for Lemon Garlic Chicken. This is another memory of a favorite childhood dish my mom made quite a bit. I know there are many versions of this dish out there, but I’m going to keep mine as close to my mom’s recipe as I can.

I’m also making this dish for a close friend of mine, Cheri. She was a big part of mine and Melissa’s life. Today Cheri has a family of her own and because she loved this dish so much, this is for her. Love you girl!

I like to start with the Yukon Gold potatoes. I think they work best, and it’s what my mother used. Trying to stay with tradition, with a few minor changes, gives my Lemon Garlic Chicken a modern makeover.

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Tarragon

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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
Yields: 4 to 6 servings
Equipment: 1 (9 x 13 x 2) baking dish, 1 (12-inch) sauté pan, 2 rimmed baking sheet pans, large mixing bowl, medium-size bowl,  plastic meat board, 1 (3-quart) saucepan, Microplane, instant-read thermometer

Ingredients:
6 medium-size Yukon Gold potatoes, quartered
1/4 cup olive oil, plus 1 tablespoon for onions, plus 8 tablespoons for breaded chicken
2 tablespoons Kosher salt
2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
3 tablespoons fresh rosemary leaves, roughly chopped (reserve 1 tablespoon for the marinade)
6 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 cup of chicken stock, unsalted
1 large sweet onion, thinly sliced in half-moons.
1 (9-ounce) bottle of Creamy Caesar dressing, store-bought
4 cups of Panko breadcrumbs
4 tablespoon Italian flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped plus 2 tablespoons for garnish

Ingredients For the Lemon Garlic Sauce:
1/2 cup olive oil
1 tablespoon of rosemary leaves, roughly chopped
1/2 teaspoon of fresh tarragon leaves, finely chopped
6 cloves of garlic, freshly grated
6 lemons, zested and juiced
2 cups chicken stock, unsalted

Directions:
Preheat oven to 450-degrees F.
I like to start with the Yukon gold potatoes. I think they work best, and it’s what my mother used. Trying to stay with tradition, with a few minor changes, gives my Lemon Garlic Chicken a modern makeover.

Start by taking 6 medium-size Yukon gold potatoes cut them into quarters placing them into a large mixing bowl. Add the olive oil, 2 tablespoons of freshly chopped rosemary leaves, 2 tablespoons of Kosher salt, and 1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper, toss to coat all the potatoes. Next, divide them evenly onto two baking sheet pans, spreading them out into one even layer. Roast in an oven for around 15 minutes. Halfway through the cooking process, turn the potatoes allowing all sides to become light golden brown in color. Remove the potatoes from the oven and transfer them to the baking dish. Spread the potatoes out to evenly cover the bottom of the dish.

Adjust oven temperature to 350-degrees F.

In a large sautépan on medium-high heat add 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Add sliced onions, Kosher salt, and pepper to taste, sauté until just soft and translucent, 5 minutes. Turn the heat off and set aside.

In a large mixing bowl add the Caesar dressing the remaining chopped rosemary leaves, mix to combine. Lay the chicken breast out onto a plastic meat board.  Using a silicone pastry brush, paint both sides of the chicken with the Caesar dressing.

Instead of using Italian style bread crumbs, which my mom used, I’m using Panko bread crumbs. I like how they’re lighter and give a little more texture to the coating. In a bowl add the Panko breadcrumbs and the remaining chopped fresh parsley, mix to combine.

Dredge the chicken into the panko coating both sides. Lay the chicken on top of the potatoes, as seen in the picture above.

Pour the 1 cup of chicken stock into the bottom of the baking dish. This will prevent the potatoes from burning. Drizzle 1 to 2 tablespoons of olive oil over each of the breaded chicken breasts. Bake for 20 minutes.

In a medium-size bowl add olive oil, fresh chopped rosemary, grated garlic, lemon zest, lemon juice, tarragon, and chicken stock, whisk to combine. Pour those ingredients into a saucepan. On medium heat bring the sauce up to slow bubble reduce to a simmer and cook for 5 minutes. Fifteen (15) minutes into baking the chicken, remove the chicken from the oven, scattering the sautéed onions on top then ladling half of the garlic lemon sauce over the chicken. Cover the baking dish with foil and continue cooking for another 35 to 40 minutes, or until the chicken has an internal temperature of 165-degrees F.

Remove the chicken from the oven and let rest covered for another 15 minutes.

Arrange the chicken surrounded by the potatoes in a large deep serving platter. Ladle the remaining lemon garlic sauce over the top and sprinkle with Italian parsley. Bring the platter of Lemon Garlic Chicken to the table, serve family-style.

I’m dedicating this dish in loving memory of my mom, Doris Domicole.

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Lemon Garlic Chicken

2014-09-23 13.09.08

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. As I was staring at it, 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.

Lemon Garlic Chicken

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