As I expected, my cooking time was limited this week after my trip to North Carolina and then dealing with an appellate brief at work. Luckily, Chaya from Comfy Cook’s Kosher Kitchen chose Ina’s chicken recipes for this week’s themed Ina’s Garden! Chaya herself made Ina’s Indonesian ginger chicken.
My intention was to make one of Ina’s more involved chicken dishes. Instead, I did my own twist on two of Ina’s recipes: her lemon chicken breasts and her lemon chicken with croutons.First, I cut up my bread, drizzled the cubes with garlic-infused olive oil and placed them in the oven to bake at 350 degrees for about 15-20 minutes. Second, I used skinless (instead of skin-on) chicken breasts (instead of a whole roaster), and dredged them in a bit of seasoned flour. I lightly fried the chicken in a bit of olive oil (instead of baking them). I placed the cooked breasts in a warm dish and covered them with aluminum foil to allow the juices to settle.
Meanwhile, I added about 2 tablespoons of capers along with minced garlic, dry white wine, lemon juice, oregano, salt and pepper to the pan drippings. I cooked the sauce over medium low heat just long enough to cook the garlic and thicken the sauce. When both the sauce and the croutons were done, I placed the croutons on a dish, spooned just a bit of the sauce on top, added the chicken breasts and drizzled the remainder of the sauce on top. For a final flourish, I topped the whole thing with sliced lemons.This dish was really delicious with its light and lemony flavor. The sauce wasn’t heavy at all and softened the croutons just enough so the roof of your mouth wasn’t torn to shreds. I also liked the fact that Ina’s chicken recipes are adaptable and can be made pretty easily, depending on your time and ingredients on hand. And, after such a busy week, this dish was right up my alley. If you want to see Ina’s lemon chicken breasts done properly, make sure to check out April’s blog, The 21st Century Housewife’s Kitchen!
Now, I know I’m not the only one who loves Ina and her multitude of chicken recipes, so let’s see your link ups from your Ina chicken creations! Feel free to link up a chicken dish you’ve done before, but we’d love to see new chicken dishes made! If you couldn’t make it to Ina’s Garden this time around, we hope you can join us on July 7th, when Peggy at Pantry Revisited has us making Ina’s zucchini gratin! And now, the Ina’s Garden cooking group has its own homepage here. The upcoming schedule should be up soon, so no excuse about not knowing what to cook in advance!