Weeknight Cooking

A Lemony, Buttery Chicken to Save Your Week of Meals

December 19, 2016

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With a lemony, buttery sauce that won't loose its zing as days go by, this Lemon Chicken is one to bolster your week of meals—adding a pop of brightness (and less stress!) this holiday season. And there's breading, so no worry about sogging.

Make 3 batches (six chicken breasts) of this lemon chicken Sunday night to kick off your work week. Here are a few ways to eat this chicken all week.

  • Chicken Piccata: This idea comes from Renee B—rewarm the chicken with capers and you have chicken piccata. Serve over spaghetti.

  • Lemon Chicken and Pepe Soup: Shred the chicken breasts into the soup's broth along with garbanzo beans, any other seasonal vegetable, and lettuce.

  • Lemon Harissa Chicken: Kick up your leftover chicken by warming it with Greek yogurt and spices to make a creamy lemon sauce. Serve alongside wild rice and roast vegetables.

  • Chicken Pot Pie: Cut the lemon chicken into cubes, cook with milk, chicken stock, and a bag of frozen vegetables to make the filling for the pot pie. Place in a baking pan and seal the top with a layer of pie dough.
  • Chicken Salad: The sauce already has butter, so why not add mayo and more lemon to shredded lemon chicken, along with whatever other additions you like in your chicken salad.
  • Green Goddess Chicken Sandwiches: Make an herby sandwich by placing a chicken breast in between a roll layered with a yogurt herb sauce.

  • California Chicken Tacos: Shred your chicken breast on top of a mound of fresh corn and red cabbage all wrapped in a corn tortilla and sprinkled with queso fresco.

  • Orzo Pasta Salad: Mix orzo pasta with cucumber slices, pitted olives, feta cheese, and fresh dill. Cut a few slices of your leftover chicken on top of the salad.

What are your go-to chicken recipes? Tell us in the comments!

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This article originally appeared on September 4, 2016. We're re-running it now because we bet you're in need of easy, make-ahead meals heading into the holidays.

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Allison B. September 4, 2016
I really love Bon Appetit's steps for pan roasted chicken thighs. I made the recipe the day my husband and I got engaged, and it's such an easy and delicious meal: http://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/perfect-pan-roasted-chicken-thighs
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Briana R. September 14, 2016
It's always good to have to classic pan roasted chicken recipe! thanks for sharing!