Saturday, November 13, 2010

Chicken Breasts with Lemon

When we lived in Houston, many years ago, Hubby's aunt (a librarian) gave us a huge box of cookbooks, that the library no longer needed. Back then I wasn't as enthusiastic about cooking, as I am now. I mean, Hubby worked most evenings, so I would eat alone. I had no problem eating cereal or ice cream for dinner, LOL.

Someties I wish I still could.... sigh

For the past few years, every once in a while, I remember the box (which is now in our basement) and decide to dig through it. This time, I grabbed an Italian cookbook, published by a local church in Houston. I love these kinds of cookbooks, because it's ordinary people food. Nothing fancy shmancy, just good ole homemade food. I chose this recipe, since I had all the ingredients and it seemed fairly quick to make.

I'm glad I did, since this was really good. The sauce smelled wonderful, as it was thickening on the stove. The chicken was super moist and juicy, with just a hint of lemon. The basil and thyme were just a slight taste in the back ground, to the tangy lemon. I served it with hot noodles, tossed with butter and a generous amount of black pepper. Well on my serving anyway, LOL. The pepper added a nice bite, so I recommend adding some to the sauce.


Chicken Breasts with Lemon
Adapted from Cucina Deliziosa (Charity Guild of St.Joseph, Houston, TX)

4 skinless boneless chicken breasts
Dash of salt and pepper
Dash of paprika
3 Tbs olive oil
3 Tbs flour
2 C skim milk
2 Tbs lemon juice
pinch of thyme
pinch of basil
1 tsp chopped parsley
1 tsp lemon zest

Sprinkle chicken breasts with salt, pepper and paprika. Heat oil; cook chicken in oil about 2 minutes each side. Remove from pan and set aside. Add flour to pan drippings while stirring. Add milk, whisking to ensure no lumps and bring to a boil. Add lemon juice, thyme, basil, parsley and lemon zest. Arrange chicken in baking dish and pour sauce over all. Bake at 350 degrees, for about 20-30 minutes. Serves 4


This post linked to

Saturday's Party

Saturday Night Special

Potluck Saturday

Cookbook Sundays

Recipe Swap Sundays

Potluck Sundays

Pantry Recipe Swap

Culinary Smack Down-Nov 2010


Brenda said...

Cindy, I had no idea you ever lived in Houston! I thought you were a Barrie girl through and through, lol! Wow, how cool is that!? And I agree, those church cookbooks are the best as the recipes are made up of REAL food. I love that you served this yummy chicken dish on noodles. It looks so creamy and delicious. Lucky you having that box of cookbooks in your basement. Thank you so much for sharing this with Cookbook Sundays!

Lyndsay said...

Hi Cindy, I'm new to your blog and come by way of Brenda's Canadian Kitchen. I enjoyed the chance to get to know you with your writing and can't wait to try this recipe as it is right up my alley! Simple ingredients, delicious results.

(why am I suddenly hungry???)

kitchen flavours said...

Hello Cindy, Thank you for submitting your entry to Culinary Smackdown. The Chicken Breasts with Lemon looks really good and delicious with noodles. Good luck in the Challenge!

MM said...

Seriously? A sauce like that out of skim milk? Wow...that's awesome!

Julie M. said...

Another Texas girl! I used to live in Dallas and I still consider myself a partial Texan even though I'm not there anymore. This chicken looks perfect for a week night meal and oh so tasty! I'm all about the cookbooks with real meals as well.

Couscous & Consciousness said...

Simple, fast, lemony and delicious - I'm there! Perfect with noodles.
Sue :-)

Tamarah said...

Great recipe! I would love it if you would share this recipe on my weekly recipe swap. And while your there you can check out other great recipes!


Krystal said...

I love lemon sauces. Love them!! The last one I made totally failed, so i can't wait to give this a try. Thanks so much for linking it up to Saturday's Party!

-Krystal @ recipesofacheapskate.blogspot.com