Creamy Lemon Parmesan Chicken

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Looking for a really classy dinner recipe idea for that romantic evening? Then make sure you check out this one for Creamy Lemon Parmesan Chicken. This is the type of gourmet chicken recipe that does not skimp on the chicken. It’s a hearty meal, yet with a few simple tips, tricks, and substitutions, you can easily lessen the fat content in order to make it a healthy dinner recipe as well. And when it comes to the parmesan cheese, be sure to purchase the grated kind that comes directly from the deli, rather than the packaged kind that comes in a plastic container – it will make all the difference in the world.

This parmesan chicken recipe calls for frying the chicken before you add it to the creamy parmesan sauce, but when you fry boneless, skinless chicken breasts, there’s always the chance they’ll turn out dry, rubbery, and tasteless. They’ll also be far less healthy because you’ve cooked them in oil at a much higher temperature than you really needed to. Did you know there’s another way you can cook your chicken so that it will be perfect every time? And this is also a healthy way to cook your chicken breasts, as well. It’s a simple method for Cockaigne chicken that appears in the classic “Joy of Cooking” cookbook. This technique allows you to cook juicy chicken breasts, plain and simple – without any spices besides salt and pepper. This will give you perfect chicken breasts that you can use in any recipe at all, not just this one for creamy lemon parmesan chicken – although this is an excellent one to start with. Once your chicken is cooked, you can go ahead and use whatever spices and flavours you like, and add it to any of your favourite chicken recipes.

Nutrition Facts for: Creamy Lemon Parmesan Chicken from Cafe Delights

Ingredients: Chicken breasts, flour, Parmesan cheese, salt, pepper, olive oil, butter, minced garlic, chicken broth, milk, capers, cornstarch, lemon juice, fresh parsley.

* The entire recipe has been calculated for 4 servings.

* Percentages (%) are based on a 2000 calorie diet

* Per Serving:Calories 385, Calories from Fat 194, Total Fat 21.5g 33%, Saturated Fat 9.8g 49%, Cholesterol 111mg 37%, Sodium 1433mg 60%, Potassium 323mg 9%, Carbohydrates 7.5g 2%, Dietary Fiber 0.5g 2%, Sugars 0.6g, Protein 40.8g, Vitamin A 12%, Vitamin C 16%, Calcium 41%, Iron 9%

The basic trick for cooking Cockaigne is not to peek during the process. First of all, your chicken breasts will need to be of an even consistency. If they are not, you can take a meat hammer, or similar utensil, and pound them until they are uniform. Next, you’ll want to add a small amount of salt and pepper. You will need to place your sauté pan on a medium-high burner. Add a wee amount of olive oil to the bottom. Next, turn your heat down to medium before you add your chicken breasts. Cook them for approximately one minute until they are lightly seared on one side, then turn them over and cover your pan with a tight lid. Turn your heat to low. This is the hard part – resist the urge to open the lid to see how your chicken is doing. Just set your kitchen timer for ten minutes and go about your business. When ten minutes are up, turn off your heat completely and let your pan sit there for another ten. Again, don’t peek! Once those ten minutes are done, then you can remove the lid and voila – your chicken is cooked perfectly and ready to add to your creamy lemon parmesan recipe. Many thanks to Karina over at “Café Delites” for sharing this gourmet comfort food recipe for Creamy Lemon Parmesan Chicken with us. If you love good, well-balanced meals, and are looking for more classy dinner recipes like this one, you’ll want to drop by for a visit sometime.***

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