Friday, August 7, 2009

Lemon Basil Chicken Breasts

This was a very good marinade for chicken.
The Lemon and Basil make a Delicious combo!
I started marinating the chicken right after lunch, so it marinated for about 4-5 hours. I cooked it on a grill pan on my stove.
I then served the chicken on top of Angel Hair pasta tossed with olive oil, chopped Roma tomatoes, and fresh chopped basil.
This was a very healthy and yummy meal that the whole family loved.

Lemon and Basil Chicken Breasts:
Recipe from: For the Love of Cooking
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, trimmed of any fat
  • Juice and zest of one lemon
  • 3 tablespoons of fresh basil, chopped (divided)
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp olive oil (divided)

How To Make:
1. Place trimmed chicken breast in a large zip lock bag. Pound the chicken breasts flat with a mallet until 1/2 inch thick. Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil, lemon zest, lemon juice, 2 1/2 tablespoons of fresh basil, salt, pepper and minced garlic. Mix thoroughly and marinate in the refrigerator for 1-2 hours.

2. Remove chicken from the refrigerator 10 minutes prior to cooking. Heat the 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large grill pan or skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add chicken breasts and cook for 4 minutes then flip. Cook for an additional 3-4 minutes or until juices run clear. Remove from heat and let the meat "rest" for at least 5 minutes before serving. Garnish with the last half tablespoon of fresh basil and extra lemon.

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