Thursday, June 3, 2010

Lemon Garlic Chicken

End of school activities are taking up a lot of my time and so I am needing meals that don't! This is one of those quick and tasty Paleo entrees that come in handy from time-to-time! If you have a meat, some spices, some fat, and a vegetable in your refrigerator or pantry... then I guarantee you have a quick Paleo Meal, too! (I can't guarantee how it will taste, but I'm pretty sure it won't be bad! This turned out really good! (and I think it even has the potential to be great). Enjoy!!!

4 skinless boneless chicken breasts, pounded slightly (you can cut these in half, too, for smaller portions and leftovers)... always planning for that lunch the next day!
3/4 C low sodium chicken broth
juice of 1 fresh lemon (or 2 T lemon juice)
1 tsp. lemon zest
2 cloves garlic, minced
black pepper
garlic powder
1 T Olive oil
1/4 C fresh basil leaves, chopped

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Sprinkle black pepper and garlic powder over chicken breasts. Heat 1 T olive oil in a skillet and brown chicken on both sides for about 4-5 minutes. Remove from pan to baking dish, and set aside. Saute garlic in skillet and add remaining ingredients (broth, lemon zest and juice). Bring to a boil and deglaze pan of chicken bits. Pour sauce over chicken. Sprinkle chopped basil leaves over chicken, cover (with foil) and bake for about 10 minutes.

We served this with some sauteed rainbow chard (mild and sweet tasting... OH, and pretty!)
This dish had some leftover sauce, so a side dish of cauliflower rice would also be great to sop up the extra lemony and garlicky juice! Hope you enjoy! It's a quick meal with minimal ingredients! A good one to make with your Paleo staples (or when your cupboards are bare, like mine). :-))

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