Mom's Lemon Chicken

November 12, 2015
Photo by bitememore
Author Notes

This Lemon Chicken Recipe is, much like our Mom, the hands-down best. Why is it among our most-requested recipes? Perhaps it's because the chicken is marinated in white wine and lemon juice, or that it's topped with a sprinkle of brown sugar or, it could be because it's baked in a citrus broth mixture to juicy perfection. You better stock up on lemons because this Lemon Chicken is going to become a weeknight staple. —bitememore

  • Serves 6
  • Lemon Marinade
  • 3/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • Chicken
  • 6 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil, divided in half
  • 6 lemon slices
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1/4 fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds, for topping
In This Recipe
  1. Combine lemon juice, olive oil, white wine and chicken breasts in a large glass bowl. Cover and refrigerate at least 4 hours, but preferably overnight.
  2. Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat a 13x9-inch baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine flour, lemon zest, salt and pepper. Remove chicken from marinade (discard remaining marinade) and lightly coat in flour mixture, shaking off excess.
  4. In a large skillet, heat 2 tbsp of the olive oil over medium heat. Add half the chicken breasts and cook until browned, about 3 minutes per side. Transfer browned chicken to the prepared baking dish and repeat with remaining 2 tbsp oil and chicken, adding to baking dish in a single layer.
  5. Sprinkle brown sugar over chicken breasts. Pour chicken broth and lemon juice around chicken. Top each breast with a lemon slice and bake for 20 minutes. Garnish with toasted sesame seeds.

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