Crispy Lemon Chicken

Thursday 6 September 2018

If you are like me you will be a fan of crispy chicken.  Chicken that is pounded until tender, coated in panko crumbs and lightly fried . . .  

I just love the stuff.  Crispy on the outside and tender and juicy on the inside.  It is one of my weaknesses! (And yes, I know I have many!)

Once again it is the time of year where I struggle with the natural light when it comes to taking photos of my recipes.  You wouldn't think the time of year would make much of a difference but it really does.  

I really should be taking my food outside to photograph it now, but lately I have been feeling very tired. I'm not sure what's up with that.  I just take my pictures on my dining room table in front of the back window.  

That's the place that gets the most natural light for most of the day.  I can't be bothered with light boxes and the like.  What you see is what you get!

Don't let the photos put you off of making this chicken.  Its so, so, SO delicious!  A little bit of a faff with the breading, but believe me, that is the worst of it.

Once you have them breaded and the breading has set, the worst part is over.  

The rest is simple and easy to do . . . just heat some oil and fry them, 4 minutes on each side will do it.  

Then they will be crisp, golden and tender . . . juicy and perfectly cooked.

The sauce could not be any simpler . . . it uses only a few ingredients.  

Butter, garlic, cream, lemon juice and zest, and some grated Parmesan cheese . . .  simple.

Rich and creamy, and yes . . .  something you would only want to make once in a blue moon as it is rather high in fat and calories  . . .  but oh boy, is it every tasty!

Altogether with the frying of the chicken and all that butter and cream, this is one dish you will want to reserve for special occasions, or for when you have company.

If you are on a diet, you won't want to be indulging in this for sure . . .  sad but true.

But if your only concern is taste, then  . . . Dig IN! and ENJOY!

In retrospect I am thinking you could also use ready breaded chicken breasts if you wanted to.  The frozen ones. 

That would save a lot of time really  . . .  but for myself, I prefer to do it myself.  So I know exactly what I am eating.

Yield: 4

Crispy Lemon Chicken

prep time: 15 minscook time: 20 minstotal time: 35 mins
Crisp golden, moist chicken served with a luscious creamy lemon sauce. This goes great with rice or pasta.


For the chicken:
4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves, pounded to an even thickness
salt and freshly ground black pepper
45g plain flour (1/4 cup)
2 medium free range eggs
125g of Japanese Panko, or other fine dried bread crumbs (1 1/3 cups)
60ml of vegetable oil for frying (1/4 cup)
For the sauce:
4 TBS of butter
1 tsp minced fresh garlic
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1 medium unwaxed lemon, zest and juice
240ml double cream (1 cup, heavy cream)
90g freshly grated Parmesan cheese (1/2 cup)


Season the pounded chicken breasts with some salt
and pepper.   Place the flour on a plate.  Beat the eggs in a shallow
bowl.   Place the Panko into another shallow bowl.  One at a time,
dredge the chicken breasts into first the flour, then the eggs, and
finally the Panko, coating them evenly and pressing the crumbs on to
adhere.  Set aside on a lined baking sheet while you heat the oil.

 the oil in a large frying pan until very hot, but not smoking.   Add
the chicken breasts and reduce the heat to medium.  Cook, turning once,
until the crumbs are golden brown and the chicken feels firm when
pressed in the centers, about four minutes per side.   Adjust the heat
as needed so that the crumbs don't burn. Keep warm in a low oven until your sauce is made.

 make the sauce melt the butter in a saucepan. Once it begis to foam,
add the garlic and cook until fragrant, stirring constantly. Do not let
brown. Whisk in the cream and black pepper. Reduce heat to very low.
Whisk in the lemon zest and juice.  Turn off the heat and whisk in the
cheese until melted.  

Serve the chicken with some of the sauce spooned over each portion.
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This goes great with either some pasta or steamed rice. I like brown rice myself.  A green vegetable also goes well.

Crisp, tender and filled with rich tangy flavour. This is a real winner/winner chicken dinner!  Bon Appetit! 

Crispy Lemon Chicken 
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  1. Your food pix look great to me and the sauce sounds fabulous! Hope you perk up soon.

  2. Mmmm, looks splendid. I love lemon and chicken.

    1. Thanks Katy! It is really good if I don't say so myself! xo

  3. I'm not always a huge fan of fried food, but I decided to try this as the words "lemon sauce" called out to me and it seemed as though it did not need too much fiddling about and clean up (I can be lazy like that).

    I breaded the chicken earlier and left them in the fridge while I did the clean up. The quick frying was a cinch and that sauce is just lovely and so easy to make. We ate ours with boiled new potatoes, peas, carrots and cauliflower (a new type on long stalks called collini).

    1. You have landed upon one of my favorite chicken recipes Marie! I, like you, am in love with lemon anything! Your dinner sounds lovely. I would love to try that Collini. I dare say we will never see it here, although I do think I might have seen it before I left to come back to Canada. It looked interesting. I love the cruciferous vegetable family! xoxo


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