20 Oct
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“Lemon” Chicken

Here’s a simple, yet tasty, childhood favourite of my oldest son’s – Alex (aka Marathon Man after running his first marathon in Toronto last weekend) used to love this dish and always called it “lemon” chicken, despite the fact there was no lemon in it! Probably it reminded him of all those wonderful Chinese restaurants we used to visit in Vancouver when he was little. As salutation to and in celebration of his achievement (first marathon in 3 hr. 28 min.), I ran to the kitchen and made his beloved chicken dish, even adding a little grated lemon rind and Italian parsley to bring it into the here and now. You can pull together a few ingredients and put this together for young and/or old – my kids all loved this growing up – add some rice and veg and dinner is on the table in under 45 minutes.

What you see here is pretty much it – yes, I added some parsley and lemon rind but that’s only because Alex is grown up now and I know he can handle a little improvisation. But if you, your partner, your kids are fussy, leave them out and stick to onions, orange juice concentrate (the “lemon” from Alex’s youth), chicken breasts and chicken broth. Easy peasy!

Start by browning the chicken breasts in olive oil and butter – heat the olive oil first, then add the butter. The olive oil keeps the butter from burning and the butter just adds deliciousness! Brown the chicken on one side, four to five minutes until nicely browned. When the chicken releases easily from the pan it’s ready to turn.

Turn the chicken and add the chopped onion, tucking it in around the chicken breasts so it can soften.

Then add the orange juice concentrate, thawed or frozen, either works as it will melt very quickly in the hot pan, and the chicken broth. The proportions of oj concentrate to chicken broth are the same and you can adjust them depending on whether you like lots of sauce or only a little.

Cover, turn the heat to low and simmer until chicken is no longer pink and cooked though. The sauce should be almost a glaze, so if too thin, remove the chicken and turn up the heat to reduce the sauce until syrupy. Spoon sauce over the chicken to serve and sprinkle with parsley and lemon rind if you wish. It doesn’t get much better or easier than this!




  • I am going to make this really soon!!!!

  • I think I might have to try this one Anne… Love the website GOOD JOB!

  • Delish! And perhaps with ‘lemon’ in the repertoire I’ll be running a 3.28 marathon too? Thanks for this Anne!

  • Love the recipe but most of all the story!! Will definitely try it. Congratulations Alex! Very impressive! See you Saturday Anne. Can’t wait!

  • Awesome blog Anne, love the photos, cannot wait to see what is next!
    Cheers, Sante!

  • Wow, that looks delicious!

    • Hi Jamie – try it, you’ll like it!

  • Thanks a ton for being my tutor on this. My spouse and i enjoyed your article a lot and most of all liked how you handled the topic.

    • Thanks for reading, Kesha – hope you enjoy all the recipes. Cheers!

  • Hmmm. You just got me thinking about a new product that might be a HUGE hit. Cheers for that.

    • Okay, Kizzy – I’m curious to know – what’s the new product? Thanks for reading and your comment!

  • This looks right up my alley – delicious and easy. Love the step by step pictures Anne. Very handy for challenged people like myself!

    • Hey Dan – this could turn you into a cook as well as a foodie!

      Cheers, Anne

  • Hello, I think your website might be having browser compatibility issues. When I look at your website in Opera, it looks fine but when opening in Internet Explorer, it has some overlapping. I just wanted to give you a quick heads up! Other then that, very good blog!

    • Thanks Candis, sorry for the long reply, my web team is looking into this!

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  • I will try this chicken and get back to you. Look forward to more posts! :) Laurie

    • Oh Laurie – thanks for checking it out. FYI, this isn`t Love and Kisses Chicken – I haven`t blogged my own recipe yet, but if you`d like to try it, google Nicole Parton. Nicole was the food editor at the Vancouver Sun when I won, and she now is a fabulous cookbook author and blogger and she blogged my recipe in February. Bon appetit!

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