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One Pan Lemon Herb Chicken. It’s hard not to love this recipe. Let me break down for you. One pan to wash. Yay! Delicious, juicy chicken. Yay! One fed and happy family. Yay! This is one of my go-to recipes because it’s just so easy and always yummy.
I hate cutting up chicken. Guts everywhere. Breaking bones. So that’s what it feels like to be a serial killer! If the butcher doesn’t cut up a chicken for me, I can usually find a package with a full chicken chopped up in the meat aisle. It’s less expensive than buying individual pieces. Gotta save my pennies where I can. Once the chicken is cooked, it’s very easy to cut. When you think of it that way, why not buy a full chicken? Am I right? Or am I right?
Chicken does not have to be dry. The trick is in the searing and adding enough liquid. Sear each of the pieces on all sides to lock in all the flavors. Then add the liquid and put a lid on the big jumbo pan. I highly recommend getting a meat thermometer to check if the One Pan Lemon Herb Chicken is done. A cheapy meat thermometer can be your best friend. I can tell you stories of undercooked chicken, but I will leave that for your rush-to-the-ER-at-the-middle-of-the-night imagination.
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The lemon zest goes a long way in this dish. You don’t want to zest too much where you’re zesting the white. It’s bitter and not good. I’m giving you the simplest version of this recipe too. To this One Pan Lemon Herb Chicken, you can add any vegetable to the pan – carrots, green beans, peas. I try to serve every meal with salad on the plate. Why wash an extra plate? The pan juices on the bottom of this pan are SO good. They make a great “salad dressing.”
One Pan Lemon Herb Chicken
- Heat oil in large pan.
- Season chicken with salt and pepper.
- Sear on all sides.
- Remove from pan.
- Add onion and garlic to pan. Cook for one minute.
- Return chicken to pan.
- Add chicken broth, zest, and lemon juice.
- Taste for salt.
- Put a lid on the pan. Lower heat to medium-high.
- Cook until ready.
- Add cilantro and parsley, if using.
- Serve and enjoy.