Friday, October 26, 2012

Lemon Pepper Chicken

Kroger often puts boneless skinless chicken on sale for $1.88-1.99 a pound.  When they do, I stock up.  I bought this chicken at $1.88 a pound (2 pounds pictured) and today we had Lemon Pepper Chicken as a result of that sale.  I got the reciple from a cookbook, so I won't post the ingredient list here due to copyright, etc.  But here is a hint below...

About a year ago, I purchased a cookbook recommended by a friend that has made dinner time much easier to deal with.  The concept of the book is similar to Once A Month Cooking (OAMC) in that you set aside one day to prepare a month worth of meals and put them in the freezer.  The difference with The Big Cook is that most of the recipes are not pre-cooked with the plan of reheating.  Most of these recipes only require "assembly" into a freezer bag for storage.  The day before you plan to eat the meal, you move it from your freezer to fridge and let it thaw.  Then the following day, you cook it according to the recipe instructions.  What I love is that many recipes are designed with a crockpot in mind.  So, you can litterally "dump" the contents of your freezer bag into the crockpot in the morning and return home later for a dinner that has been prepared for you while you were away.

This specific recipe calls for cooking covered in the oven (350 degrees) for one hour, or cooking on the BBQ.  I've found that we actually like this better if we cook it on the stovetop in a little bit of oil to brown the outside.  When cooked in the oven, it is a little bland for my taste.  On the stove it gets more flavor. 

So, I start out with tablespoon of canola oil in a good saucepan on medium heat at the stove.  Once the oil is warm, use tongs to lift the chicken out of the marinade and place in the pan.  Cook on one side about 5-7 minutes (until lightly browned).  Turn and cook another 5 minutes (until lightly browned).

Turn the heat down to medium-low, pour the remaining marinade over the cooked chicken, COVER with lid and cook 2-3 minutes.  Turn chicken over and continue to simmer, covered for 2-3 minutes.  Then serve!

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