I love reading church cookbooks — some of the names for the recipes — they entertain me! How could I resist this one called Newlywed Lemon Chicken, with the contributor’s comment that she and her husband ate this once a week for the first year of their marriage because she knew how to make it!
Because I NEVER post a recipe I haven’t tested and have made my husband try, I sometimes find I need to either update or change part of the recipe for various reasons. I will be honest and say my husband and I don’t always agree on the results of a recipe, we have different tastes. He doesn’t like sauces unless it is ketchup, mustard, red spaghetti sauce or sweet and sour – so this was a little out of his wheelhouse. But he was a sport and helped me with my testing. He thought it was just OK, while I enjoyed the zippy sauce and would make it again — maybe a luncheon with my girlfriends.
I did cut down the recipe, because with two pounds of chicken the newlyweds must have been eating for days if you consider three to four ounces is a normal portion. I am also a big fan of browning any meat I put in the oven, it provides some depth of flavor and color to the dish. The original recipe also baked this for an hour — which if you used bone in chicken and did not brown you might need to reach 165 degrees which is the safe temperature for chicken. Since I was using chicken breasts and browning them, I cut the time to 30 to 40 minutes or until they reach 165 degrees. Chicken breasts come in such different sizes the only true way to ensure it is done is to either cook the heck out it or use a meat thermometer.
According to the newlywed bride this also works great in a Crock-Pot. Cook for 4 to 6 hours on a high setting or for 8 to 10 hours on a low setting. Serve over rice.
- 1 cans golden mushroom soup
- ½ tsp paprika
- ⅛ tsp lemon pepper
- 2 TBS fresh lemon juice
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- 2 TBS Olive Oil or your favorite oil
- 4 chicken breasts (4 oz)
- Fresh lemon slices
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- In a bowl combine soup, paprika, lemon pepper, tarragon & lemon juice
- Season chicken breasts with salt and pepper
- Add oil to pan on med heat until hot
- Brown chicken breasts on each side -- 2 to 4 minutes each side
- **Optional Julia Child Step: When chicken breast have browned, remove from pan. Deglaze the pan with a small amount of a dry white wine -- 2 to 4 oz. , take off of heat and stir in 1 or 2 TBSPs of butter - stir into your sauce mixture
- Spread a small amount of sauce mixture on the bottom of the pan to prevent sticking
- Pour remain mixture over chicken
- Cover and bake for 30 to 40 minutes or until chicken reaches 165 degrees
- Before serving, cut lemon it ¼ inch slices; make a cut halfway through lemon circle. Twist in the opposite directions at the slit (180 degrees). Garnish each chicken slice.
- Serve with or over rice.
Keep it simple and enjoy!