Lemon Chicken Breasts and Gifts from the Garden
PUBLISHED ON: 11.06.2011
Our first salad greens were taken from our garden this week. The greens required nothing more than a toss in a simple vinaigrette. I had forgotten how amazing fresh greens from your garden directly to your table can taste.
We needed only a simple entree that would compliment our salad greens and decided baked lemon chicken breasts would be perfect.
Chicken breasts, baked in lemon, wine, oregano and garlic give chicken a great flavor. We served it along side with cous-cous with pine nuts to help soak up the flavorful lemon juices.
Lemon Chicken Breasts
Recipe from Ina Garten
1/4 cup good olive oil
3 tablespoons minced garlic (9 cloves)
1/3 cup dry white wine
1 tablespoon grated lemon zest ( 2 lemons)
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
1-1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
4 boneless chicken breasts, skin on (6-8 ounces each)
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Warm the olive oil in a small saucepan over medium-low heat, add the garlic, and cook for just 1 minute but don’t allow the garlic to turn brown. Off the heat, add the white wine, lemon zest, lemon juice, oregano, thyme, and 1 teaspoon salt pour into a 9×12-inch baking dish.
Pat the chicken breasts dry and place skin side up over the sauce. Brush the chicken breasts with olive oil and sprinkle them liberally with salt and pepper. Cut the lemon in 8 wedges and tuck it among the pieces of chicken.
Bake for 30 to 40 minutes, depending on the size of the chicken breasts, until the chicken is done and the skin is lightly browned. If the chicken is not browned enough, put it under the broiler for 2 minutes. Cover the pan tightly with aluminum foil and allow to rest for 10 minutes. Sprinkle with salt and serve hot with the pan juices.
What a perfect meal, I agree it's amazing how good homegrown greens can be – the pictures are lovely,Mary x
Wish my chicken looked that good!:@)
Schnitzel and the Trout
Lovely…couscous to go along with it….perfect.
You're chicken looks gorgeous – made me want to reach through the screen and get one.
I love this chicken dish and sounds so good to go with greens 🙂
Looks like you had some kitchen therapy:) I bet the scent from the chicken baking was terrific. I've made the couscous with pine nuts and we really liked it. I've yet to make this recipe, but I always think it looks delicious!
I am envying the garden – ours was just \”put to bed.\” But my oregano bush is still growing strong and think that would be a great meal tomorrow!
I think lemon and chicken were just born to be together. This looks fabulous, especially with that fresh salad 🙂
that looks really good….I make something similar
It all looks delicious and healthy.
Too pretty to eat…..well maybe just a bite….I love anything lemon, must try this recipe!
SavoringTime in the Kitchen
That is a beautiful pan of chicken, Velva! I love chicken loaded with herbs and the lemon sounds delicious. I am so envious of your garden greens. I've never had good luck growing lettuce here.
It doesn't get any better than this…for sure!
From the Kitchen
Our garden greens have turned black and withered! We do have thyme that survives the winters. Thyme, lemon and chicken–delicious!Best,Bonnie
Perfection and healthy, when shall I be over?
T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types
Now, don't we wish we were picking fresh greens instead of turning up the thermostat? Fresh from the garden – wonderful!
Even in the days I had a garden, I never grew lettuce. Veggies, yes. But for some reason, never lettuce. What could be better?The lemon chicken looks wonderful. I like the herbs you used and the couscous would be the perfect final touch.
This chicken breast sounds delicious! I love lemon paired with chicken…yum!
Sometimes nice simple fills the bill like nothing else. Love the sound of each of these!! Thank you for the chicken recipe. blessings ~ tanna
The Church Cook
Oh, my word! This looks so great, I could just have it for breakfast even! Great looking recipe, Velva!
I think it can be so hard to cook chicken perfectly with the right amount of juiciness and tenderness and yet have it be flavorful and fully cooked- your chicken looks amazing and perfect! I love it
Jealous of your greens! All we have left in our garden is some dessicated rosemary 🙁
From Beyond My Kitchen Window
Slurp, its only eight in the morning and I'm drooling over the chicken breasts. Delicious looking for sure. The greens look tender as well.
Nothing beats garden fresh.Beautiful chicken to go with the greens.
This sounds like the best meal, chicken, couscous and fresh salad. Wow!
I agree; nothing beats fresh greens from one's own garden. The meal need not be complicated it will be delicious; the chicken is a perfect pair with the salad, the flavors match the greens so well.
oh go gorgeous! the flavors sound so bright and fresh, this is a wonderful dish.
Made it tonight! Nothing left! yay! (And scrumptious.)
Greens from the garden just taste so much better than store-bought.
Dear Velva, This looks beautiful and the recipe sounds very good. I do love the fall but miss all of the freshness from the garden. Blessings, Catherine xo
Rosa's Yummy Yums
Really scrumptious! I'd love to have a garden and grow such greens in it…Cheers,Rosa
Isn't lemon and chicken a perfect combination? And with the addition of wine, this looks wonderful Velva. Another bookmarked!
Miss Meat and Potatoes
Oh my goodness. What an all around fresh meal. I just started growing Swiss Chard and am amazed how easy it is to do. It's just growing tall and proud for me to snip at random and I hardly to anything to it. Love this chicken recipe. Thanks for sharing.
YUM! Nothing is more satisfying than to pick something from your garden and build a meal around it. Mimi
This looks scrumpy! I must make this one too.
Oh Yum! This looks incredibly delicious! I am so hungry right now, I almost lick my laptop…
Fresh Local and Best
Oh this sounds fabulous! I love the combination of lemon herbs and chicken. I also think this would make a good candidate for a make ahead meal. Delish!
I should eat more things like this… Yum!
The buttery wine sauce sounds phenomenal. I bet the chicken has a silky \”mouth feel\” because of it.
Ina Garten recipes are the best and this one looks like it doesn't disappoint!