Baked Lemon-Garlic Chicken Breasts Recipe

Baked Lemon-Garlic Chicken Breasts Recipe

Baked Lemon-Garlic Chicken Breasts Recipe

Course: Chicken
Servings

4

servings
Prep time

15

minutes
Cooking time

40

minutes
Quick tip: Burnt garlic turns bitter, so be very careful to saute lightly!
Whether you are cooking dinner for yourself or your family, there is a lot of pressure. You need to make sure that food gets on the table, is filling for the people who are eating and is healthy. If you are someone who works full-time, who has a disability or who is on a limited budget, it can be hard to meet all three criteria.


But there are some simple recipes that can make cooking easier. Putting together ingredients and making the food up yourself does not have to be difficult, but it does require planning. To prepare for healthy eating, you should plan ahead, buy groceries in bulk and make large meals where you can heat the leftovers up for supplemental meals later in the week.
When you want to make a healthy dinner, remember that the best way to do it is to start with good ingredients. If you start with things like meat and vegetables, without relying on boxed mixes or canned soups, you are cutting out the fillers and the preservatives. This is healthier, lower in fat and can be surprisingly simple once you get into the habit.
When you want to try cooking a healthy dinner, here’s a recipe to get you started.

Ingredients

  • 2 cloves garlic

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, plus ¼ cup olive oil for drizzling

  • 1 lemon

  • Salt

  • Pepper

  • 2 chicken breasts

  • Rosemary, thyme

Directions

  • Make horizontal and vertical cuts on the breasts
  • Preheat the oven to 200 C° (400 degrees Fahrenheit).
  • Mince 2 cloves of garlic.
  • Sauté the garlic and herbs in a skillet for 3 minutes.
  • Remove the garlic and herbs from the skillet
  • Place chicken breasts in a baking pan.
  • Drizzle with ¼ cup olive oil.
  • Sprinkle with salt and pepper. A few pinches of Italian herbs might also be used.
  • Cut the lemon into quarters.
  • Squeeze one lemon wedge over each chicken breast.
  • Tuck the wedges underneath the chicken breasts.
  • Scatter the garlic and herbs on top of the chicken breasts.
  • Place in the oven, and allow to cook for between 30 to 40 minutes, or until the chicken is completely done.
  • Remove the chicken from the oven, and allow the chicken to rest for at least five minutes.
  • Serve as is, on a bed of rice or on a bed of lettuce or spinach.

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