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!
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.
*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
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
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.
Hi there! I'm Estela Schnelle, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, & Mom. I am a home cook who is passionate about eating, living a healthy lifestyle, and sharing that knowledge with others. I am a Private Practice Concierge-Style Dietitian & Nutritionist providing my clients unlimited support 24/7. I create customized nutrition plans based on individual goals which promote positive and powerful changes, and deliver healthy lifestyle solutions. A lifestyle change is a marathon, not a sprint. I the provide accountability and support needed for that journey. Available for Nutrition Counseling at my office in the DC Metro area and online through email or skype.