Birthday Dinner: Marlbourough Meetinghouse Lemon Chicken with ThymeFebruary 8, 2008 at 1:34 am | Posted in Chicken | 13 Comments
My birthday dinner came two days early this year. My birthday is Saturday, I’ll be the big 2-5, but G won’t be home for my bday. He has a paintball tourney 10 hours away and I have my best friend’s baby shower the morning of my bday so I couldn’t go to his tourney even if I wanted to. Being the good wifey that I am I sacrificed him being around for my bday so he could go to his tourney, but you better believe I expected something good in return. And boy oh boy did he deliver.
Today he ended up not having to work in the afternoon so he did a ton of dishes. Yay. Then he called me and asked if I wanted to go out to dinner or if I wanted him to cook for me. I was tired and didn’t feel like going out tonight, so I told him to cook for me. G is great about helping me in the kitchen, but grilling and eggs are the two things he does on his own. I love getting breakfast in bed every weekend (I got a good one), but I didn’t want eggs and I was keeping my fingers crossed that he wouldn’t make his standard grilled chicken.
I called him on my way home and he was very excited about how his dish was coming along, but he mentioned that he forgot to get stuff to make a side. Ooops. I just hoped he could figure something out and I wasn’t going to end up with Spaghetti-O’s or something else along those lines.
I got home and he greeted me at the door with hugs, kisses and balloons. I even got a Disney princess one haha. Then he told me he had just finished cooking. Perfect timing!
I walked into the kitchen and omg it smelled delicious and he even went all out on the presentation factor. I was truly impressed. I was even more impressed when I tasted it, it was delicious! In the end he went for some boxed potatoes we’ve had for who knows how long, but they were actually pretty damn good. All in all a success!
I even got cuppys later, but that’s another post
Recipe after the break
Marlbourough Meetinghouse Lemon Chicken with Thyme
Source: The New England Cookbook (originally from the Marlborough Meetinghouse church cookbook)
4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
3 tablespoons all purpose flour
1 tablespoon plus 2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme or 1 1/4 teaspoons dried
2 teaspoons lemon zest
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon fresh-ground black pepper
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon plus 2 tablespoons butter
3/4 cup chicken broth
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon sugar
8 thin slicks lemon
1. Place the chicken breasts between 2 sheets of plastic wrap and pound to an even thickness about 1/2 inch.
2. Stir together flour, 1 tbsp fresh thyme or 1 tsp dried, lemon zest, salt, and pepper. Coat chicken with flour mixture
3. Heat oil and 1 tbsp of butter in large skillet. Add the chicken breasts and cook over medium heat, turning once until golden brown and fully cooked, 10-15mins. Remove and put in an oven safe pan. Turn on oven very low and put it in the oven to keep it warm.
4. Add the broth and remaining thyme to the skillet, raise the heat to high and boil briskly, stirring up any browned bits clinging to the pan, until the sauce is somewhat reduced and lightly thickened, about 3 minutes. Add the lemon juice ans sugar and simmer for 1 minute. Cut the remaining 2 tsps of butter into small pieces and whisk it into the sauce until it melts.
5. Plate chicken and spoon sauce over the top.