Lemon Chicken

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Photo by Stephanie M.

PREP TIME

27

minutes

TOTAL TIME

39

minutes

SERVINGS

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servings

PREP TIME

27

minutes

TOTAL TIME

39

minutes

SERVINGS

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servings

Ingredients

  • 2

    skin-on, bone-in chicken breast halves, halved crosswise

  • 2

    skin-on, bone-in chicken thighs

  • 1

    teaspoon kosher salt, divided

  • 3/4

    teaspoon black pepper, divided

  • Cooking spray

  • 2

    tablespoons olive oil, divided

  • 1

    pound small red potatoes, quartered

  • 1

    Meyer lemon, cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices and seeded

  • 1/4

    cup finely chopped shallots

  • 4

    garlic cloves, thinly sliced

  • 1/2

    cup dry white wine

  • 1/2

    teaspoon chopped fresh thyme leaves

  • 1

    cup unsalted chicken stock (such as Swanson), divided

  • 1

    teaspoon cornstarch

  • 2

    ounces pitted Castelvetrano olives

  • 2

    tablespoons fresh Meyer lemon juice

  • 2

    tablespoons butter

  • 1

    tablespoon fresh parsley leaves

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 400°. 2. Heat a large ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Sprinkle chicken with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper; coat with cooking spray. Add chicken to pan, skin side down; cook 6 minutes or until skin is golden brown and crisp. Turn chicken over. Place pan in oven. Bake at 400° for 12 minutes or until a thermometer inserted in thickest portion of chicken registers 165°. 3. Remove chicken from pan; keep warm. Discard pan drippings (do not wipe pan clean). Add 1 tablespoon oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add potatoes to pan; sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon salt. Cook potatoes 3 minutes on each side or until browned. Remove potatoes from pan. Add lemon slices to pan; cook 1 minute on each side or until browned. Remove lemon from pan. Add remaining 1 tablespoon oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add shallots and garlic; sauté 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add wine and chopped fresh thyme; cook 1 minute or until liquid almost evaporates, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. 4. Return potatoes and lemon slices to pan. Add 2/3 cup stock, remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, and remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper; cook 2 minutes or until potatoes are tender. Combine remaining 1/3 cup stock and cornstarch, stirring with a whisk. Add cornstarch mixture and olives to pan; bring to a boil. Cook 1 minute, stirring occasionally. Stir in lemon juice and butter, stirring until butter melts. Return chicken to pan, turning to coat; sprinkle with parsley. If you like red potatoes, try Skillet Chicken and Vegetables: Prepare Meyer Lemon Chicken through step 3, decreasing potatoes to 12 ounces, omitting ­lemons and shallots, and substituting 2 cups (1/2-inch-thick) slices carrot, 2 cups (1/2-inch-thick) slices celery, and 1 large red onion, cut into 12 wedges. Cook vegetables for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Substitute 1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano for thyme. Return vegetable mixture to pan. Combine 1 1/2 cups unsalted chicken stock and 2 teaspoons cornstarch. Add stock mixture, 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper to pan; bring to a boil. Cook 1 minute. Stir in 2 tablespoons butter and 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice. Return chicken to pan. Sprinkle with 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley. Serves 6 (serving size: 1 breast piece or 1 thigh, about 1 cup vegetable mixture, and about 1/4 cup sauce) Calories 399; Fat 23.7g (sat 7.2g); Sodium 533mg

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