Simple Zesty Lemon Chicken
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Simple Zesty Lemon Chicken with hints of lemon, garlic, onion and black pepper.
Recipe type: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Serves: 4
  • 6 large lemons (4 for the marinade and 2 for topping the chicken)
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 4 skinless boneless chicken breasts
  • 1 galloon sized zip lock bag
  • Baking dish or pan
  1. Remove chicken from packaging, pat dry with paper towels and set aside.
  2. In a bowl, juice and strain 4 lemons (straining out the pits); then whisk in the pepper, salt, garlic powder, onion powder and Italian seasoning followed by the olive oil. Make sure the oil is completely incorporated into the mixture by whisking vigorously.
  3. Place chicken breasts into zip lock bag and make sure they are laying flat; pore marinade over the chicken breasts saving a ¼ cup for basting. Zip the bag making sure to remove as much of the air as you can and turn bag over a few times making sure all of the chicken breasts are coated well. Refrigerate chicken for one to two hours to allow marinade to penetrate the chicken breast.
  4. Preheat oven to 375 degrees; spray a baking dish or pan with cooking spay; remove chicken from marinade making sure to drain off extra marinade and place into baking dish.
  5. Place two slices of lemon on each chicken breast then baste with marinade and bake for approximately 25 minutes.
  6. Half way through cooking, baste chicken again with the reserved marinade. Two ensure your chicken breasts are cooked properly take temperature after 25 minutes to make sure the thickest part of the chicken breast registers 165 degrees with an instant read probe thermometer. If you find it does not, then cook for another ten minutes and re-check temp.
  7. Remove chicken from oven and let stand for 5 minutes; plate, serve and enjoy!
Recipe by Mamma Rocks the Kitchen at