Pan-Roasted Garlic and Lemon Chicken

July 3, 2010 · 20 comments

in chicken/poultry,quick and easy

Breaded, pan-fried chicken is always a sure bet when you’re looking for a quick meal that’s tasty and easy to prepare.  It’s always nice to punch it up a little, though, in a way that will yield more flavor but without too much more effort.

This chicken does just that.  It has a nice tang from the lemon and great flavor from the romano and rosemary.  Plus, it gets double the garlic flavor by pan-roasting garlic cloves.  Once cooked, the garlic goes into the dipping mixture and then the garlic-infused oil is used to cook the chicken.  The garlic flavor isn’t too pungent, though, because pan-roasting it makes it much more sweet and mellow.

This dish is juicy and flavorful, and really easy to make.  It’s a great weeknight meal, especially since the garlic is pan-roasted rather than oven-roasted, which takes far less time.  We had this with some braised lentils with vegetables, but the side dish possibilities are endless.  This would be great on top of a crisp salad with a lemon vinaigrette, especially in the summer!

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bellini valli July 3, 2010 at 1:47 pm

This is fabulous Elly. It reminds me of my Italian favourite:D


brannyboilsover July 3, 2010 at 5:36 pm

You are the queen of pancooked chicken, I swear. This looks great!


Lin July 3, 2010 at 7:03 pm

Would love your panroasted lentil recipe please.


elly July 3, 2010 at 8:35 pm

Hi Lin – I make them very similarly to the recipe I’ve posted here, although now I just do it all in one pot so after I saute the veg and add the broth (about a 2:1 or 2.5:1 ratio of broth to lentils), I braise the lentils in that pot for about 25 minutes until they are tender.


michael July 3, 2010 at 7:20 pm

Looks fantastic!


Liz July 4, 2010 at 3:11 pm

This is such a beautiful dish and sounds delicious. Thanks for reposting the link to the lentils – they sounds yummy, too. I love lentils but for some reason have never cooked them myself so I’m looking forward to trying them and this chicken!


tobias cooks! July 5, 2010 at 3:58 am

I love the lentils. Looks great , Elly


Simply Life July 5, 2010 at 7:20 pm

This look great and what a beautiful presentation!


Lawyer Loves Lunch July 6, 2010 at 1:42 pm

The chicken looks fabulous! I’m also totally excited about the lentil recipe since the hubster wants to eat more protein but refuses to eat lentils. These look so good, even he may be a fan :)


Claudia July 7, 2010 at 8:18 am

I made this last night and it was perfect for a hot summer night. The lemon flavor was so yummy!


elly July 7, 2010 at 8:56 am

So glad you enjoyed it, Claudia!


Cara July 7, 2010 at 6:26 pm

Sounds great – especially the cooked garlic added to the coating.


Brittany January 8, 2011 at 4:50 pm

Making this tonight!


Brittany January 8, 2011 at 6:46 pm

It was great! I used your lentil recipe too!


Stephanie Cooks January 15, 2011 at 8:53 am

Just made this (and blogged it). We LOVED it. Thank you!!


Courtney January 24, 2011 at 2:44 pm

Elly, we made this last night and absolutely loved it! The chicken was so delicious, and I loved the extra garlic flavor. Thanks so much for the fantastic recipe! :)


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