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Pantry Lemon Chicken for Two

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There are 3 million chicken recipes on the internet. We're here to show you the good ones. Win, win.

Today: Open up your pantry. A better, brighter weeknight dinner is inside.

Mrslarkin's Lemon Chicken recipe was developed out of necessity. Armed with chicken breasts but without the will to cook anything complicated or messy, she improvised. There would be no fancy breading, no marinade, no fussy prep work -- instead, she'd utilize the few, good ingredients she had and make them shine. Do you have chicken? Butter? Lemon? Then you're halfway to this perfect weeknight meal.

Here's why you should make this simple meal for dinner tonight:

  • There is a whole world inside of your pantry -- and yours doesn't even need to be stocked that well to pull off this recipe.
  • Everything tastes better in a butter-lemon sauce. Your chicken will be rich and bright, and you'll wonder why -- in the last month of 2014 -- you're making this recipe for the first time.
  • It's a perfect dinner for two and looks fancier than it actually is -- invite someone over on a weeknight and blow them away with how effortlessly you pulled it off after a long day.
  • Cleaning up this one-pan meal will be so easy, you'll think about making this recipe again tomorrow.

Lemon Chicken by mrslarkin

Serves 2 to 3

2 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
Olive oil
1 cup flour
Sea salt
Juice of 1/4 to 1/2 lemon
1/4 to 1/2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
Freshly cracked black pepper
Flat-leaf parsley for garnish

See the full recipe (and save and print it) here.

Is there an undiscovered Food52 chicken recipe you love? Send us a paragraph or two at [email protected] about why you love it, and it could be next week's Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner.

Photo by Mark Weinberg

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Tags: Lemon, Weeknight Cooking, Everyday Cooking