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Lemon Chicken Portions Recipe

Lemon Chicken Portions

Rating 5-0 out of 5 - Most cooks definitely will make this recipe again
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Graham

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This very simple recipe produces a delightfully light and tangy chicken when you want something just a little different. If there is one recipe that every home cook should know, it's this Lemon Chicken Portions recipe. All you need is chicken (whole or in portions), butter, salt, and pepper, lemon and garlic. We usually buy whole chickens and either cut them up ourselves or have the butcher do it for us. It's cheaper that way and we get giblets for gravy. You can do that or just use a package of whatever chicken parts you like - breasts for white meat, thighs and legs for dark.

This way of cooking chicken couldn't be more straightforward and is especially welcome on days when you're busy and just want to put good food on the table

      Preparation Time: 10 Minutes

      Cooking Time: 30 Minutes

Ingredients for Lemon Chicken Portions

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to serve 4:
4
chicken portions (thigh or breast)
3 tablespoons
butter
2
lemons
 
salt and pepper
2 cloves
garlic

 

How to Cook Lemon Chicken Portions

  1. Squeeze the juice from the lemons into a small bowl (or cup). Make small cuts in the skin and flesh of the chicken and rub or brush the joints with a little of the lemon juice. Place the chicken portions individually onto aluminium foil squares leaving enough to wrap around each piece. Finely grate (shred) the lemon rind and peel and crush (mince) the garlic. Add these to the lemon juice, plus the butter, salt and freshly-ground pepper to taste and then cream the whole mixture together. Spread this mixture over the chicken portions and then wrap them securely in the foil.
  2. Place the chicken packages in the middle of a preheated moderate oven (Mk 6 - 400ºF - 200ºC) for about 20-25 minutes. Remove briefly from the oven and carefully open each package making sure that none of the juice spills out. Form the aluminium into an open "dish" by turning down the sides. This should leave the chicken sitting in the 'sauce', but exposed at the top. Replace them in the oven for a further 10 minutes to give them a nice golden brown appearance.


Graham GRAHAM'S HOT TIP:
The combination of chicken juices and lemon butter that remain in the foil after cooking makes an excellent delicate sauce to pour over the chicken portions. Alternatively, you can use our Sweet and Sour Sauce recipe and add an extra tang to the meal.
 
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Reviews of Lemon Chicken Portions

Rating 5 out of 5 - Many cooks will make this recipe again February 13 2024
Gloriously simple and fabulously tasty. What a good recipe for a simple meal.
(2 reviews)
 
Rating 5 out of 5 - Many cooks will make this recipe again October 06 2021
Very quick, very easy and very tasty. Goes great with just about any combination of vegetables. Definitely one you can repeat over and over.
(5 reviews)
 
Rating 5 out of 5 - Many cooks will make this recipe again May 13 2021
Excellent preparation full of tangy taste. Everyone was pleased by it and it was so simple to make. The only question I have is whether you need two lemons. I think one would have been enough. Otherwise, really good and highly recommended.
(2 reviews)
Rating 5 out of 5 - Many cooks will make this recipe again March 21 2015
This is a really, really nice little recipe. So very simple but very tasty. It's got to go into my keepers file for regular use because the whole family enjoyed it. Nice way to enjoy chicken with a bit of 'bite'.
(3 reviews)
 

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