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Lemon-Herb Chicken Packets


We have a house!! Woohoo 🙂  We closed on Friday and are so happy to be done with the whole house buying/selling process. Our moving truck was suppose to be here today, but  now they’re saying it won’t be here till Tuesday. To stay productive we’ve been going to our house everyday and doing as much as we can to start making it a home.
Mr. Weekly Bite has been busy painting every inch of the house, and our hardwood floors are getting installed tomorrow. I’ll be sure to post progress pictures soon. So, for now, we’re still staying in a hotel. We’ve been trying to limit our eating out as much as possible, but really I can’t wait till I can start cooking in my new kitchen! Hopefully soon 🙂 One thing I know I’ll be cooking for sure are these Herb Chicken Packets courtesy of Ginny!
Thanks for such a fabulous guest post Ginny!
Thank you, Estela, for having me as a guest on The Weekly Bite!  It’s such an honor. 

For those of you reading this on The Weekly Bite, please feel free to stop by and visit me over at Cooking With Chopin, Living With Elmo.



I love lemons.


And as much as I adore the intricacies of cooking, I really appreciate an easy, no-mess recipe every now and then.

Behold the perfect marriage of lemony simplicity!

(This recipe results in very lemony chicken. So, if you prefer a more mild lemon flavor, reduce the number of lemon slices you place on each chicken breast and skip the zesting step.)
What you’ll need:
1-2 pounds chicken breasts*, fresh herbs,
garlic, butter, and lemon(s).
These are the herbs I used.
But you can use your faves.
Mint, dill, and parsley also make for a very refreshing combination.
Chop the herbs.
Here’s a lil’ trick to easily remove that
pesky papery garlic skin:
Place the broad side of your knife on top of the clove,
and firmly press down.
The skin will peel right off in one or two motions.
Finely mince it.
In a small bowl, mix the garlic and the chopped herbs.
Lay the chicken breast(s) on a square of foil
(or parchment paper**),
and season with salt and pepper.
Sprinkle with the garlic/herb mixture, and about a 1/4 teaspoon of lemon zest.
Slice the lemon(s).
And lay a slice or two on each piece of chicken.
Top with a pat of love butter.
(Substitute olive or grapeseed oil for a healthier alternative.)
Seal packets (by folding) and place on a baking sheet.
Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes.
Lemon Happiness.
*My family is recovering from illness and no one has much of an appetite.  That’s why I used breast tenderloins instead of larger cuts of chicken in these photos.  But I really recommend using a whole boneless, skinless breast per serving.  The flavors will balance better.
**You can prepare this up to a day in advance and then just pop it in the oven when you’re ready to bake it.  If you do that, please use parchment paper instead of foil to minimize any reactions between the lemon juice and the foil.
Lemon-Herb Chicken Packets
Serves 6
1 cup chopped fresh herbs (basil, chives, sage, and parsley worked well), in about equal proportions, or to taste
1 large clove garlic, minced
6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1-2 lemons
6 tablespoons butter (or substitute oil or grapeseed oil)
1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2.  Mix herbs and garlic together in small bowl.  Flatten chicken breasts by pressing them gently against the work surface with the palm of your hand.  Arrange breast pieces on foil or parchment paper and season with salt and pepper.  Sprinkle herb and garlic mixture over chicken breasts and top with about 1/4 teaspoon of lemon zest.
3.  Slice lemon(s) and arrange 1-2 slices over each breast.  Dot with butter and seal the packets.  Set on a baking sheet.
4.  Set packets in the middle of the oven and bake for 35-40 minutes.  Transfer to serving plates and allow guests to open packets at table.
Adapted from:  The Silver Palate Cookbook

10 Responses

  1. Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday said on June 6, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    Great looking recipe! Thanks for sharing. I love anything with lemon too!

  2. Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic said on June 6, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    I make a very similar recipe, but with salmon or swordfish. It hasn’t occurred to me that I can easily use chicken too! Thanks for the idea.

  3. Maris (In Good Taste) said on June 6, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    Very nice guest post. Great photos!

  4. Shari @ Chicago Cuisine Critique said on June 6, 2011 at 5:19 pm

    This looks delicious!

  5. Simply Life said on June 6, 2011 at 8:23 pm

    i love how fresh everything is – looks great!

  6. Lauren at Keep It Sweet said on June 6, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    Congratulations on the house!!! I’m so happy for you!

  7. Michelle said on June 7, 2011 at 7:33 am

    Look delicious and so easy- you don’t even have to scrub a pan! I will be making those this week with my huge supply of lemons! Thanks 🙂

  8. Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman said on June 7, 2011 at 5:46 pm

    This sounds fantastic. I’m a huge lemon fan. If I made it for my husband (who says I have a citrus problem) I’d use less lemon. Thanks for the great idea!

  9. Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun said on June 8, 2011 at 7:32 am

    Yay for the house closing!!! Hope the move goes smoothly. And I too love simple recipes like this that pack a lot of flavor, yet are still so basic and fresh to really shine.

  10. Nicole, RD said on June 9, 2011 at 9:05 am

    YUM! After having salmon in a packet, I’m all over packet meals!