Roasted lemon chicken breasts

Roasted lemon chicken breasts

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  • 4
  • Easy
  • Carb Conscious Dairy free Fat conscious
  • 15 minutes
  • 25 minutes
  • Kleine Zalze Bush Vines Chenin Blanc 2006


  • 4 free-range chicken breasts on the bone, with skin
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • A few sprigs of thyme, chopped
  • Olive oil
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • ¾ cup chicken stock
  • A mix of roasted baby vegetables, to serve

Cooking Instructions

Preheat the oven to 200ºC.
Wash and dry the chicken.
Pour boiling water over two lemons to cover and leave to stand for 10 minutes.
Thinly slice the lemons, discarding the end pieces and any pips. Mix with the garlic, thyme, a little olive oil and seasoning.
Lift the skin of the chicken to form a flap. Arrange the marinated lemon slices on top. Replace the skin to cover and secure with string.
Place on an oiled baking tray. Pour over the stock and lemon juice. Drizzle with oil.
Roast for 25 minutes or until the skin is golden and the meat just cooked and moist.
Serve with roasted baby vegetables.
Variations: Cook risotto rice in chicken stock to serve on the side; shred the chicken and lemon slices, and mix with couscous, chopped fresh mint and coriander. Serve with hot chicken stock and harissa on the side.
Per serving: 694kJ, 21.7g protein, 6.9g fat, 4g carbs

Phillippa Cheifitz Recipe by: Phillippa Cheifitz
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Regular TASTE contributor Phillippa is a well-known South African author and food writer, and has won many awards, both for her magazine features and her cookbooks.

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