Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Lemon Chicken Saute

"I want lemon chicken for dinner," declared my youngest child last night.

"Splendid," I replied. This is the child who only likes orange juice and brownies, after all. So I came up, thanks to Craig Claiborne, a recipe that I thought would be suitable. The chicken was easy to cook, and quite tender and moist. Now, the original recipe called for this to be cooked in a skillet, but you know that's not in my 10 year infrastructure program. 3 to 4 pounds of meat in one skillet requires a lot of "taking turns", after all. So, cooked under the broiler (which works out well when the temperature is below freezing), I present you with...

LEMON CHICKEN SAUTE

3 pounds chicken pieces (I used boneless, skinless thighs)
1 stick butter
salt and pepper to taste
4 chopped shallots
1/4 cup chopped parlsey
1 tsp marjoram
1/3 cup lemon juice
1 tbsp cornstarch

1 cup chicken bouillon

Melt the butter in the bottom of the broiler pan. Lightly salt and pepper the chicken pieces on both sides, and arrange in the pan. Broil on the highest rack setting for 5 minutes, turn over, and broil on the second side another 5 minutes. Remove the chicken to a plate and set aside for a few minutes.

In the same broiler pan, saute the chopped shallots for a minute or 2, until they are wilted. Whisk in the cornstarch, then whisk in the bouillon and lemon juice. Add the marjoram and parsley to the sauce, and return the chicken with any juices which have accumulated to the pan. Place the pan on the bottom rack of the oven, turn the temperature to 450F, and cook for 10 minutes. Top with lemon slices for decoration.

I served this with plain white rice and peas and carrots. Poor Thor only got rice and a little bit of gravy in his dinner dish with his "bites and bones".

And my little guy? "This was not what I wanted. I wanted lemon tarragon chicken."

13 comments:

Channon said...

SNOL... but it looks (and sounds) great!

doggybloggy said...

thats pretty funny about the little guy...see teach them a few things and a monster develops...

Anette said...

What did mommy say to the little guy? Mmm! looks great with the lemons!

Tatersmama said...

MMMmmmm... It looks delicious!
LMAO over the little guy though. You just can't please some people, can you?

gaylen said...

I think that's funny. I hope you gave him orange juice! g

Pam said...

That little stinker. My daughter and son do the same thing.

I think it looks fantastic. You can't beat lemon chicken.

Paula said...

I did not see that last line coming! I wonder how many other kids his age would be able to name that herb? :-) I just got home after a long afternoon of running around followed by a library trip. I sooooo want some lemon chicken saute and rice. YUM! (Actually planning on making your creamy lemon rice for dinner tonight! I'm addicted to it!)

noble pig said...

It's like picatta...I love it when chicken has that tangy flavor. When my picky eater asks for something I always jump to make it as well.

Katherine Aucoin said...

What a stinker he is - lol! MArjie, this looks and sounds amazing, I will give this a try for sure.

Peter M said...

LOL, give him credit...he knows his herbs!

Lemon and chicken are naturals...you have a trunk full of quickly executed/tasty meals like this.

Jan said...

There's just no pleasing some folk, is there? Looks and sounds scrummy to me. I love anything lemony.

Thanks for stopping by my other blog Marjie, and for the info on the salt thingy. I'll give it a try.

Pam said...

I'm with the little guy, lemon and tarragon chicken is my favorite too.

Kevin said...

I really like simple lemon chicken dishes and this one looks good!