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Prepare ahead lemon garlic chicken dinner

I really don’t love plain chicken breast. I just don’t. I grew up eating that with steamed veggies a few times a week so I think I just burned out on that. Well that and honestly, it just doesn’t have that much flavor. I see why people/clients say sometimes that they don’t love chicken. But I also don’t think they have ever tried my chicken pesto pasta or my thai basil chicken pasta. As long as my chicken has lots of flavor, then I am a fan! And this one, even though it’s so simple, has a lot of flavor.

But what I really love about this meal is I was able to prep it in the morning. So come dinner time, all I had to do was throw it in the oven for 25 minutes and that was it! It definitely made for a stress-free night of cooking and it was especially great since we are getting home so late with after school activities lately. It does goes really well with our cauliflower mash and green beans or roasted broccoli. Maybe this will be a good meal for you guys for next week since it’s a short week with Thanksgiving coming up and all. Anyway, if or whenever you make it, I hope you enjoy it!! 

Bake it for 25 minutes if you cut them about 1 inch thick. This time I left them a little bit too thick so had to guess more on the cooking time…

Garlic Lemon Chicken
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Ingredients
  1. 1 1/4 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts
  2. 1 tablespoon avocado oil
  3. salt and pepper to taste
  4. 1/2 tsp basil
  5. 1/2 tsp oregano
  6. 3 tbsp butter, melted
  7. 3 garlic cloves, minced (or 1 tsp powder)
  8. 1/4 cup chicken broth
  9. 2 tbsp lemon juice
  10. 1 tbsp chopped parsley
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Season the chicken breasts on both sides with salt, pepper and the Italian seasoning (basil and oregano).
  3. Heat the avocado oil in a large pan over medium high heat.
  4. Add the chicken breasts and cook for 3-5 minutes on each side or until browned.
  5. Transfer the chicken to a baking dish.
  6. In a small bowl, mix together the butter, garlic, chicken broth and lemon juice. Pour the butter mixture over the chicken.
  7. Bake for 25 minutes or until chicken is cooked through. Bake time may vary depending on the thickness of your chicken breasts.
  8. Spoon the sauce on the bottom of the baking dish over the chicken, then sprinkle with parsley and serve.
  9. Garnish with lemon slices if desired.
Notes
  1. I got the chicken and sauce ready in the morning and then cooked it in the evening. It made for a stress-free night of cooking!
  2. Also, I used chicken breasts that are about 1 inch thick. If you use thinner/thicker chicken breasts, be sure to decrease/increase the cooking time accordingly.
Adapted from Dinner at the Zoo
Adapted from Dinner at the Zoo
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