Every now and then I find myself just randomly picking up items in the grocery store because I like the way something looks or smells. This is always the most fiscally responsible way of shopping, right? So much for a menu plan!
I randomly came across some Meyer Lemons and was intrigued. If any of you watch shows like Top Chef or Masterchef then you have heard of this lemon over and over and over. Seriously. What is so special about a lemon? I had to find out.
Apparently I also had to go overboard buying all these fun leeks. I have a fondness for them and not nearly enough recipes.
After a little digging around in the fridge,pantry and online recipe sites, I came up with Lemon, Caper & Leek Chicken. Otherwise known as, the best chicken dish I have ever made.
Lemon, Caper & Leek Chicken (Serves 4)
Adapated from EatingWell Recipe
-4 chicken breast, 4 oz each
-2 tbsp olive oil
-2 leeks, thinly sliced
-1 cup chicken broth
-3 cloves garlic
-2 tbsp capers
-2 tsp lemon zest
-1-2 tbsp lemon juice (depending on the level of lemony taste you like)
-Mrs. Dash Garlic & Herb
*Season both sides of each chicken breast with Mrs. Dash, or salt & pepper.
*In a large skillet heat olive oil over medium heat. Add chicken and cook on each side for 3-5 minutes. Transfer to plate and cover with foil.
*Add leeks to the pan and cook about 8 minutes until they are soft. They will also be a light brown color.
*Add the broth and garlic then bring to a boil. Let simmer for about 2-3 minutes.
*Add in capers, lemon juice, zest, a touch of salt & pepper, and parsley. Mix together with the leek mixture and then add chicken breasts back to the pan.
*Add a few slices of lemon on each chicken breast and spoon the leek and caper mixture over the chicken. Cook for 2-3 more minutes.
*Serve each chicken breast with a little bit of the leek caper lemon mixture on top.
The Meyer lemons are a nice touch to this dish because they are slightly sweeter and less acidic than regular lemons. They compliment the delicate leeks perfectly.
I’ve made this dish twice since the first time I made it a few weeks ago. Definitely a keeper recipe!
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