Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Lemon Chicken

Susan Branch cookbooks are among my favorites. Her lovely illustrations and clever quotations make reading them enjoyable, and the recipes I have tried so far have been delicious. Her lemon chicken recipe from Heart of the Home: Notes from a Vineyard Kitchen is a family favorite. We enjoyed it recently with green beans and mashed potatoes. This meal would be delicious served with Paula Deen's pink lemonade cupcakes for dessert.


Lemon Chicken
Melt-in-your-mouth goodness from Susan Branch's cookbook Heart of the Home: Notes from a Vineyard Kitchen.

3 whole chicken breasts, boned, skinned and halved
1 1/2 cups unbleached flour
2 tablespoons olive oil
Salt and pepper
Wash and dry chicken breasts. Pound them flat with a mallet. Melt the butter and oil in a large skillet. Put the flour in a plastic bag and drop the breasts in to coat. Regulate the heat to moderately high, and put the chicken breasts in the skillet. Cook approximately 3 minutes on each side. When they are done, salt and pepper them and put them on an oven-proof dish and into a 250 degree oven to keep warm while you make the sauce. (Serves 6)

The Sauce: Add 4 tablespoons butter to the chicken skillet and melt, scraping up brown bits in the pan. Remove from heat; add 4 tablespoons finely chopped parsley, and the juice from 1/2 lemon. Pour hot sauce over breasts and serve. (Note: I forgot to remove the pan from heat before adding the parsley, so the herb does not look as fresh and bright in the photos. The dish still tasted delicious, though.)

"My house is very tiny and I wanted a place for my guests to feel comfortable, so out in the backyard I built a little 'shed' exactly the size of two king beds -- half of it is bed, and the other half is chairs, a table, etc. It's whitewashed -- dried flowers hang from the rafters -- no electricity, but lots of candles and windows. Very cozy and romantic."

-- Susan Branch in Heart of the Home: Notes from a Vineyard Kitchen


Sylvia said...

Susan Branch designs quilt fabric, also! I discovered her web site this morning too:
More like a blog--has pictures of her making a coconut cake with a vintage mixer. Really nice!

a quiet life said...

your pictures are wondrful, i have a love affair with lemons so adore this~

Lori Lynn said...

I'm so glad I found your blog! We live near each other and have met in passing a time or two :-) My family and I attend the Elmore congregation. So glad to find another "sister" blog :-)

Anonymous said...

I made this for dinner last night! Her cookbooks are also among my favorites.... love her Cream Cheese Potatos...yummy!

Toyin O. said...

Wow, this looks yummy, thanks for sharing.

Simple Things Sweet Life said...

I, too, love Susan Branch things...I recently decorated garden rocks for my herb garden with Susan Branch drawings from an old calendar. The chicken sounds super good too...will bookmark the recipe. And pink lemonade cupcakes? Going to visit that link too! I have your blog listed on my blog as one of my favorites. God bless you richly today!


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Kristen said...

Melissa, I made this tonight and it was *really* good - great flavor and the chicken was so tender! Thanks for passing it along. =)

Frostljtg said...

Wow, this looks yummy, thanks for sharing.

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