Thursday, February 9, 2012

Chicken with Meyer Lemon Sauce

It's the time of year that Meyer lemons make an appearance in our grocery stores--a most welcome appearance.  To my California friends who complain about lemons littering their lawns and falling into their pools,  I say "send me some lemons and I'll send you some snow"!!

According to Wikipedia, the beautiful smoother skinned Meyer lemons are native to China where they are grown in pots or as ornamental trees.  They are a cross between a lemon and a mandarin orange.  The fruit was introduced into the United States in 1908 by agricultural explorer (what a great job that would be) Frank Nicholas Meyer.  Mr. Meyer was an employee of the United States Agriculture Department.  The lemons were pretty much California's delicious little secret until Alice Waters featured them at Chez Panisse.  Their popularity grew when Martha Stewart featured them in her recipes.  Thanks Frank, Alice and Martha!!



Sunshine in a bowl.


Chicken with Meyer Lemon Sauce inspired by a recipe from Jan Williams

3 Tbsp flour
4 chicken breast halves, boned and skinned
5 fat cloves of garlic
1/3 cup parsley, chopped
1 Tbsp grated Meyer lemon zest
2 Tbsp olive oil
salt and pepper
3/4 cup chicken stock
1/2 cup Meyer lemon juice
1/2 cup of white wine

1.  Lightly coat the chicken breasts with the flour, shaking off the excess.  Finely chop three of the garlic cloves and set aside.  Finely mince the remaining two cloves of garlic and mix with the grated lemon zest and the chopped parsley.  Set aside for topping the finished dish.
2.  In a frying pan, heat the olive oil.  Add the chicken breasts and saute, turning once, until lightly browned.  About three minutes per side.  Season with salt and pepper and transfer to a platter.  Set aside.
3.  You should have about a tablespoon of fat left in the pan.  Any more, pour off.  Add the chopped garlic to the pan and stir until softened, about 30 seconds.  Add the stock, lemon juice and wine and stir to deglaze the pan.  Bring to a boil and cook until slightly reduced--about five minutes.
4.  Return the chicken to the pan, reduce the heat to medium and cook until the juices run clear, approximately another ten minutes.  Transfer to a warm serving platter and cover.
5.  Raise the heat to high and reduce the sauce to about 1/3 cup--about five minutes.   To serve, plate the chicken and pour the sauce over.  Top with the parsley/lemon/garlic mixture.  

ENJOY!

30 comments:

  1. I love these lemons and am glad to know it's their season. I will definitely keep an eye out for me. I'm a wee bit jealous of our California friends who have abundant supplies of these jewels...
    Sam

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  2. I have a tree and with my harvest (which this year consisted of only one but it was a HUGE one!) I usually make curd . . . but this year we've got Meyer's in the grocery store -- I am so excited -- I've bought like 4 bags and have made curd, made a lemon chicken . . but I'm so making this for lunch today! It sounds wonderful!

    I'm printing right now -- thank you!

    I'm a Meyer lemon devotee as well!

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  3. Thank you for posting this, I got some Meyer's on my shopping trip to the market. I defrosted some chicken yesterday so this will be on the menu tonight!

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  4. I have never had a fresh Meyer lemon and hearing you all describe them sure makes me want them so badly! I may have to make a trip to the "big city"!

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  5. I've never heard of a Meyer lemon - I will have to look for them. sandie

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  6. Refreshing is the first word that comes to mind when I hear these words. Meyer lemons are a rare treat!

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  7. i love lemons, and you have given me an idea, if the Chinese can do it then bob can, we could have fresh lemons if he plants one in his bucket garden. lemons grow here to, but we have no place to put a tree, and they fall on the ground and go to waste just like grapefruit and oranges do.

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  8. oh I adore the combo of chicken and lemon, they are such natural partners... this dish looks outstanding and I bet the house smelled glorious too!

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  9. Ooooooh, this one sounds bright and delicous for the grey days we are having this week! Thanks, Bonnie! blessings ~ Tanna

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  10. Yummy! This is a must try recipe! Carla

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  11. I have chicken..I have Meyers! This sounds delicious..Aren't they beautiful?

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  12. Oh mercy...another one to bookmark! Looks sooo good!!!

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  13. I love the combination chicken - lemon! Sounds great!

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  14. Would love to try that chicken and that amazing sauce!

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  15. This is a great recipe to try with chicken. I have seen meyes lemons in the fruit market lately. The only thing is I have to use my lemons up on my tree. Loving these lemon recipes.

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  16. This really does sound wonderful. One of my favorite old-time dishes was chicken Franchaise and this sounds even better and definitely more modern than that. I can picture these flavors and that chicken on my table. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

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  17. Ahhh, I want a bite of this now. I just bought a little bag of meyer lemons and I've been hoarding them until I decide what I want to do with them...it may have to be this delicious chicken.

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  18. Would love you email address. We are from Chicago too.

    skcz at comcast dot net

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  19. I love meyer lemons and your chicken looks delish! You have a very cute blog and I look forward to reading more! I hope you have the most wonderful week!

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  20. First of all, thank you for the kind, understanding comments you left about my ongoing struggle with SAD. I really appreciate compassionate, non-judgmental friends like you. I am definitely counting the days until the warmth is upon us once more.

    Our family loves any and all things lemon. I feel sure we would love this recipe. I am going to "pin" it to my page...and hopefully try it sometime very soon.

    Thanks so much.

    Hugs,
    Patti

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  21. Gosh I'll bet that's great! I still haven't tried a meyer lemon, don't recall ever seeing on in a local store... Maybe soon:@)

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  22. I have never seen a Meyer lemon. Will see if we have them here. Interesting name....my Mother-in-law's maiden name was Myer and my Mother was a Myers!

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  23. I still have a few Meyer lemons left in my bin- They look lonely like they want to be used in something yummy. This chicken fits that description perfectly! I can't imagine that having too many Meyer lemons could possibly be problematic- I'd love to be able to grow them in my yard! :)

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  24. Oh My---I would love that chicken, Bonnie. I love chicken fixed like that and the lemon sauce sounds GREAT... Thanks for the recipe.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  25. I like lemon flavoring with chicken,. I've noticed these lemons in the shops this year, don't remember them from before but surely they were there. Wondered what they were.

    Also wondering if you are going to get a major snow or not. I'm sure you'll let us know!

    Have a good weekend!

    dotsie

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  26. hi, hubby says will you mail him a couple of seeds from these lemons? he wants to grow a tree. my email is
    shangey@tampabay.rr.com send me and email and I will give you our address. thanks

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  27. It has been awhile since I have had lemon chicken, so this is a tasty reminder. I have the Meyer lemons, so I do need to get some chicken. Keeping this delicious recipe-thanks for sharing!

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  28. They are gorgeous and smooth, aren't they? Saw some in the market yesterday. And the flavor is quite different from a regular lemon. Love it with your chicken dish.

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  29. thank you for another award winning recipe on your blog!

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