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Parmesan Crusted Lemon Chicken

Introduction:

Elevate your chicken game with our Parmesan-Crusted Lemon Chicken – a culinary masterpiece that combines the irresistible crunch of Parmesan crust with the zesty brightness of lemon. This easy-to-make dish transforms simple chicken into a flavorful experience that will have your taste buds singing. Get ready to savor every bite of this delicious weeknight wonder!

Why We Love This Recipe:

✔️ Golden Crust: Parmesan-infused crispiness that adds a delightful texture to the chicken. ✔️ Zesty Twist: Fresh lemon infuses a burst of citrusy flavor into every bite. ✔️ Quick and Easy: A gourmet dish made effortlessly for a perfect weeknight dinner.

Ingredients:

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Zest of 2 lemons
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • Olive oil for cooking

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Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Season the chicken breasts with salt and black pepper.
  3. In a shallow bowl, mix together Parmesan cheese, breadcrumbs, garlic powder, lemon zest, and chopped parsley.
  4. Dredge each chicken breast in flour, shaking off excess.
  5. Dip the floured chicken into the beaten eggs, ensuring an even coating.
  6. Press the chicken into the Parmesan mixture, coating both sides generously.
  7. Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Sear each side of the chicken until golden brown, about 3 minutes per side.
  8. Transfer the seared chicken breasts to the prepared baking sheet.
  9. Drizzle lemon juice over the chicken and bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 165°F (74°C) and the crust is golden and crispy.
  10. Garnish with additional chopped parsley and lemon slices before serving.

Notes:

  • For extra lemon flavor, add more lemon zest to the Parmesan mixture or squeeze additional lemon juice over the baked chicken.
  • Serve with a side of roasted vegetables, a simple salad, or your favorite grain.

FAQs:

Q: Can I use chicken thighs instead of breasts?

A: Absolutely! Adjust cooking times based on the thickness of the chicken thighs.

Q: Can I make this dish ahead of time?

A: While it’s best served fresh, you can prepare the coated chicken and refrigerate it for a few hours before cooking.

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