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lemon basil chicken

(1 rating)
Recipe by
Tammie Gearhart
Connellsville, PA

We love chicken, lemon, and basil, so I put them all together in this easy dish. It only looks difficult!

(1 rating)
yield 4 serving(s)
prep time 30 Min
cook time 1 Hr

Ingredients For lemon basil chicken

  • 4
    chicken breast filets
  • 2-3
    lemons - zest and juice
  • 3
  • 1 can
    plain panko crumbs
  • 1 1/2 c
    all purpose flour
  • 1 c
    finely chopped basil - i do this last, so it doesn't turn black
  • 1 qt
    chicken stock
  • canola oil for cooking
  • 1/4 c
    white zinfandel wine

How To Make lemon basil chicken

  • 1
    Pound chicken to 1/4" thickness. Zest and juice lemons
  • 2
    Assemble a breading station: use pie plates or breading trays. Flour in one, beaten eggs in second, crumbs in third.
  • 3
    In heavy non-stick skillet heat oil over low heat while you chop basil. Reserve 1/2 C basil for sauce. Add basil and lemon zest to panko crumbs. Stir with a fork to combine.
  • 4
    Bring oil to medium - medium high heat. Bread chicken while oil heats. Flour chicken, dip in egg, and coat with crumbs. Save flour for sauce. Brown chicken on both sides - don't crowd the pan! Save about 2 Tbsp of cooking oil. Place chicken on a cooling rack over a sheet pan. This keeps chicken out of oil and allows heat to circulate and keep crisp. Bake at 325 degrees 20 minutes - until chicken is cooked through.
  • 5
    While chicken is in the oven, make sauce. In the same skillet, with reserved oil, heat, add enough left over flour to make a roux.
  • 6
    Deglaze pan with wine and lemon juice, whisking constantly, add enough of the chicken stock to make a sauce that isn't too heavy. At this point, check sauce for seasonings. Add salt and pepper to taste. I wait until this point to taste for salt because of the stock.
  • 7
    Just before serving, add remaining basil to sauce. Sauce chicken on the plate. I serve this with asparagus - steamed, grilled, or roasted, and rice or pasta. Brown rice and quinoa shells are favorites. YUM!!!

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