Lemon Pepper Chicken

A friend of mine is on this super strict diet and one of the only things he can eat is chicken breasts. His go to method of cooking? Boiling. Not because of the requirements, but because of a lack of recipes.  Now I don’t know about you but after a month, heck even a week of that, and I would be running towards the nearest McDonald’s.  So I thought I would come up with a chicken recipe that is both flavorful and healthy. This friend also always insists I make “food a guy can make”, which he says means “not too complicated” so this recipe is super easy too.  I simply marinated chicken in a mixture of spices, lemon juice, lemon pepper, garlic and olive oil and then sauteed it until it was tender and juicy.

I did mention that this was easy to make but it does require a little bit of preparation before hand. I recommend that you marinate the chicken for at least 2 hours prior to cooking. It gives the flavors a chance to meld.

The Recipe

  • Serves 2
  • Prep time:
  • Cook time:

Ingredients:

  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 teaspoons lemon pepper seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • lemon wedges for garnish

Instructions:

  1. In a bowl combine all ingredients except the chicken.
  2. Place chicken breasts between two pieces of plastic wrap and pound with a meat mallet until they are a uniform thickness. This ensures that they will cook evenly.
  3. Place chicken in a glass dish. Pour the marinade over the chicken. Turn the chicken to coat. Marinate for 2 hours.
  4. After two hours, remove the chicken from the marinade and discard the remaining marinade.
  5. Cook the chicken in a skillet 3-4 minutes on each side or until cooked through. Serve with lemon wedges

Enjoy!

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  • http://www.bakedperfection.com Risa

    This chicken sounds delicious. I may not be a man, but I like simple cooking.

  • http://www.lifesambrosia.com Deseree

    Thanks Risa! I enjoy simple cooking too, it makes thing so much nicer sometimes. :)

  • http://justcallmemarta.blogspot.com Marta

    Yes, very nice! You’re an excellent friend! Chicken needn’t be boring, with a few spices it can be quite tasty! I have to say, there’s also so many choices when poaching chicken, tell your friend about them!

  • http://whatsforsupper-juno.blogspot.com/ Juno

    Nice looking recipe, with clean simple flavours! I love the combination of lemon and black pepper.

    May I recommend adding a few tablespoons of plain or natural white yoghurt (or buttermilk) to the marinade mixture? I have found that marinating chicken breasts in tenderising yoghurt for two hours (maximum) makes the world of difference to their texture, preventing them from going stringy or dry when they’re cooked.

  • http://watkinslynn.typepad.com/pages_pucks_and_pantry/ Mrs. L

    In order to eat healthier we’ve been grilling chicken breasts in our cast iron skillet on the stove. This sounds like a great addition to our chicken repertoire.

  • PatW

    Try mixing a healthy teaspoon of Tabasco with your lemon juice when you marinate. It will make the chicken “warm”, but not too hot. Yum!

  • http://amandascookin.blogspot.com Amanda Formaro

    This really looks good, I have to try it! Very nice of you to help your friend. Boiled chicken everyday? ick!

  • http://myblog.imagine24.net GrilledShane

    I am not much of a meat eater, but lately I have become a fan of chicken breasts. I will definitely have to try this! Simple but good!

  • http://www.plainchicken.blogspot.com Stephanie

    We made this tonight and it was great! I marinated it overnight and the flavor was perfect. Thanks for the quick and easy recipe!

  • http://www.lifesambrosia.com Deseree

    You’re welcome Stephanie! I am happy to hear that you enjoyed it!

  • Laura

    I made this tonight. My husband really liked it. But it didn’t look as pretty as the picture here. The color was different. As soon as I took it out of the marinade it had a dark color to it.

  • Steve

    Chicken blew up when i took it out of marinade.had 2 call fire dept.

  • michelle

    I made this a few nights ago. I loved it. Making it again tonight. I’m always looking for good easy food. And this was it.

  • -michelle

    Can you give a baked variation of this recipe?

  • http://www.brianandbethany.cc bethany

    Excellent! Made this tonight on the grill, but substituted rosemary for oregano. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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  • EF

    Made this last night exactly as stated. Absolutely delish!!!! Will definitely be making this many times more.

  • amber

    Amazing made this tonight for my son and boyfriend. All my son eats is chicken so i decoded on something new for him and he loved it!!…

  • Chelsea

    How many calories are in this recipe?

  • http://www.lifesambrosia.com/ Deseree

    Hi Chelsea, I don’t usually do calorie counts, but this website allows you to plug in the recipe and get the calorie amount. http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-calculator.asp

  • Heather U.

    We just had this tonight, AMAZING! I will be making this a lot more often!

  • http://www.lifesambrosia.com/ Deseree

    Thank you!

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