If you haven’t tried cooking lemon chicken yet, then it’s high time for you to give this mouth-watering dish a try. This is a recipe created by a Chinese chef which has a delicious taste with the twist of lemon.
Lemon chicken is a recipe that is famous throughout the world. There are several ways on how you can cook lemon chicken. For the Canadian recipe, the chicken is deep-fried or sautéed and then a coating of sweet and thick lemon-flavored sauce are applied. In Australasia, there are two ways on how they make lemon chicken. The first one is to coat chicken pieces with bread crumbs, baste it with lemon juice and then bake it in the oven. The other method is to coat the chicken with batter, deep fry it and then cover with lemon sauce. For Italians, what they do is to roast the whole chicken with fresh lemon juice, mirepoix, white wine and fresh thyme. The Spanish do the same as what they do in Italy but with different seasonings.
There are different recipes of lemon chicken but for this time, try the baked version. What you will need for this recipe are:
– 4 pounds of chicken thighs and legs,
– 2 tablespoons of lemon zest,
– 1/3 cup of lemon juice,
– 2 cloves of crushed garlic,
– 2 tablespoons of chopped fresh thyme,
– 1 tablespoon of chopped fresh rosemary,
– 1 teaspoon of salt and black pepper,
– 3 tablespoons of melted butter, and
– lemon slices.
For the chicken parts, do not remove the skin and the bones but you will need to trim off the excess fat. You can also use chicken breasts if you do not want to use thighs or legs.
For the preparation, you will first need to marinate the chicken. To do that, mix well the lemon juice, lemon peel, rosemary, thyme, salt, black pepper and garlic in a bowl. If you want the marinade to penetrate well into the chicken, you will have to cut into the parts one or two times by half an inch. Place the chicken and the marinade inside a freezer bag and rotate the bag for the chicken to be coated well. Place the bag in a bowl and refrigerate for about two hours.
When the marinade is done, preheat your oven to 425 degrees F. Place the chicken pieces in a baking dish, forming a single layer with the skin facing up. Set aside the marinade. Brush the melted butter on the chicken using a pastry brush. Bake the chicken for about an hour or until the chicken skin is already golden brown and the juices are already clear. For the remaining marinade, use that half-way during the baking, basting it on the chicken. When the chicken is already done, remove from the oven and cover with foil for about 10 minutes before you serve. Garnish with the lemon slices and pour lemon juice on top or on the side depending on your preference. Lemon chicken is best eaten with rice so be sure that you have some when you are preparing this delectable dish.
Lemon chicken is easily prepared but it surely is a delicious meal that you will enjoy every minute of eating it. You will not regret cooking lemon chicken so prepare now your ingredients for a luscious meal.