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Lemon Garlic Chicken



Cooking Time:

20 minutes


  • 4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tbsp margarine or butter
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • ½ tsp grated lemon zest
  • ¼ cup white wine


  • Sprinkle chicken with paprika, salt and pepper.
  • Melt the butter or margarine in a large skillet over medium-high heat, also, preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  • Once the pan is hot, add the chicken to the skillet.
  • Sauté the chicken for about 2-3 minutes on each side or until it begins to brown slightly.
  • Remove the chicken and place on a baking sheet. Pour half of the lemon juice over the chicken and then place the sheet in the oven and set the timer for 5 minutes.
  • Add the garlic to the hot pan and sauté until it begins to brown (about 1-2 minutes).
  • Add the white wine to the pan to de-glace.
  • After about a minute or two, add the lemon zest to the pan. Reduce by half, then cover and set aside.
  • By now the timer should have gone off. Use the remaining lemon juice to pour over the chicken once again and set the timer for another 5 minutes.
  • Once the chicken is done (it may need another minute or two depending on how thick they are), place over a dish of Spanish or vermicelli rice, and pour the sauce overtop liberally.
  • Garnish with some lemon-twists and a few sprigs of fresh herbs like sage or basil.

For a little color and extra flavor, add finely diced red peppers and a little lemon zest to the rice as it's simmering. Or let the chicken cool, then add it to a tossed salad for an excellent lunchtime meal!

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