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    Lemon Chicken With Basil (Greece)

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    1 hr 20 mins

    25 mins

    55 mins

    Sydney Mike's Note:

    The original of this recipe, which I managed to tweak slightly, came from the 1995 cookbook Greek Cooking. The combinaton of these three ingredients makes this a flavorful meal.

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    1. 1
      Heat oil in large saute pan, then add butter.
    2. 2
      When shortening begins to foam, add chicken in one layer.
    3. 3
      Brown, then turn over to brown on other side, cooking chicken in 2 batches, if necessary.
    4. 4
      Remove chicken to a plate & set aside.
    5. 5
      Add vegetables to saute pan & cook 2-3 minutes over moderate heat.
    6. 6
      Add basil, bay leaf, lemon juice & zest, water, salt & pepper, then put chicken back into saute pan, bringing mixture to a boil.
    7. 7
      Cover pan, reduce heat, & allow to simmer about 35-40 minutes, or until chicken is tender & juices run clear when pierced with a fork.
    8. 8
      Remove chicken & vegetables to serving dish & discard bay leaf.
    9. 9
      Since the sauce should be thick when serving, boil to reduce, if necessary ~ If sauce is too tart, add a pinch of sugar.
    10. 10
      Spoon sauce over chicken to serve & garnish with lemon slices.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on August 29, 2008


      I was in a bit of a rush last nite,but really wanted to try this. It really didn't seem to take any longer than stated. Also, I was thinking I had lemons,but I DID NOT! So to make the great sounding sauce, I used lime juice instead. Didn't add the sugar but I will try it next time(Just to try-it was GREAT without). Everyone in my house was SO HAPPY they waited for me to cook this! THANKS SO MUCH!!

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    • on August 26, 2008


      Loved the aroma of this chicken dish! Basil, lemon, and bay leaf-yum! The vegetables were delicious, but I think that the chicken should be checked sooner than 35 minutes as it was a bit dry. Maybe 20 minutes? Thanks Sydney Mike for posting. Made for Everyday is a Holiday tag.

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    • on July 16, 2008


      This chicken dish is absolutely delicious! I followed the recipe as specified including the pinch of sugar. After I reduced the sauce, I put the chicken back in the skillet and turned it a few times to coat it in the sauce, then served it drizzled with a little more sauce. The result was a moist and flavorful chicken - I love the lemon/basil combination. Thanks for posting this winner!

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    Nutritional Facts for Lemon Chicken With Basil (Greece)

    Serving Size: 1 (219 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 6

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 228.8
    Calories from Fat 90
    Total Fat 10.0 g
    Saturated Fat 3.4 g
    Cholesterol 78.6 mg
    Sodium 200.9 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 8.1 g
    Dietary Fiber 2.7 g
    Sugars 1.9 g
    Protein 28.1 g

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