Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Lemon Asparagus Chicken

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Lemon Asparagus Chicken

I created this recipe many years ago and it has become a Springtime favorite.  I like to serve this with rice & a side salad - fresh & Spring-like! 

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Printable Recipe

Zest Oven Baked Chicken
6 to 8 chicken tenderloins
1/2 cup flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon lemon zest
1/4 cup butter
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/8+ teaspoon cayenne pepper (or Indian Red Chili pepper)
In a medium size bowl - combine the flour, salt, zest & both peppers.  Rinse each piece of chicken & while they are still moist - "dredge" or cover with the flour mixture (see the picture above on the left - 1 piece of chicken has been covered & the other is still moist waiting to be covered).  Continue until all of the chicken pieces have been covered.  Place the flour covered chicken pieces in a buttered/sprayed Pyrex baking dish.  Cut the 1/4 cup butter in half & place half of that butter aside to use later.  Place a chunk of butter on each slice of chicken (see the picture on the right above).   Bake in a preheated 425 degrees for 20 minutes on one side.  Flip each piece of chicken, place the remaining butter on the other side (a little chunk on each piece of chicken) & bake for another 20 to 25 minutes on the other side or until desired color is achieved.

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10 to 20 stalks of asparagus
Wash & prepare the asparagus.  Cook or sauté until desired "doneness" is achieved.  NOTE:  Make sure to do this when the chicken has been flipped - during the second 20 minutes - this way the Lemon sauce & the asparagus should be finished just as the chicken is removed from the oven so that all 3 layers will be hot when you are assembling each dish.
Lemon White Sauce
4 tablespoons butter
4 tablespoons flour
2 cups milk
1/3 cup lemon juice
salt & pepper to taste
Melt butter & add flour - stirring constantly - once the flour has been incorporated into the butter slowly whisk in the milk.  It will look a little clumpy & will resemble the left picture below.  Continue stirring over medium heat & don't worry - as it thickens the clumps will disappear.  Bring to a boil & boil for 1 minute (it should be thickened by now).  Add the lemon juice, salt & pepper while constantly stirring - It should be silky smooth & delicious.  Remove from heat & continue to assembly.

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1.  Place the desired number of chicken pieces on each plate (see first picture below)
2.  Nicely place a few stalks of cooked asparagus on top of the chicken (see second picture below)
3.  Pour the desired amount of Lemon White sauce on top of the asparagus & chicken (the sauce is good on rice also!!) (see third picture below).
4.  Serve immediately & ENJOY!!
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  1. Oooh, sounds good! I love asparagus!

  2. This is a great recipe! Looks very good indeed! Cindy, visiting from Blogging Buddies

  3. This looks great! I'm always in need of new recipes :)

  4. I am hungry just looking at the picture..:)
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  5. I love asparagus, love chicken, love lemon! Yep, I can see this one on my dining room table soon. Thanks for sharing.

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  7. I just finished a late dinner, but viewing your photos makes me hungry all over again! That sauce!!!! Sounds like a very nice combo of flavors.
    Resa ~ Pitcher and Plate

  8. Now this looks yummy! I've got to make this. Hope you have a great day.

    Heidi’s Wanderings

  9. Sounds great!! Thanks for linking up to Good Tastes Tuesday Recipe Link Party!


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