Spicy Lemon Chicken

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Spicy Lemon Chicken
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Health Score:
9,2 / 10
20 min.
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6 boneless, skinless Chicken breasts (washed and dried)
0.333 cup lemon juice
2 Tbsps lemon zest
2 cloves garlic cloves
2 Tbsps fresh Basil (chopped; plus extra for garnish)
2 tsps dried thyme
salt (to taste)
peppers (to taste)
1 lemon (sliced)
½ tsp crushed Red pepper flakes
1 Tbsp olive oil (or melted butter)
2 tsps Cardamom
1 Vanilla bean
1 Cinnamon stick
2 dried, red chili peppers
For Honey-Lemon Dressing
2 Tbsps lemon juice (scant)
1 tsp lemon zest (finely grated)
1 Tbsp honey
½ tsp dried thyme
¼ cup olive oil
salt (to taste)
peppers (to taste)
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Kitchen utensils

1 Knife, 1 Cutting board, 1 Small pot, 1 Wooden spoon, 1 Tablespoon

Preparation steps

Wash chicken and pat dry. With a sharp knife, make several 1/2-inch slits in the chicken breast, so the marinade can penetrate.
Place lemon juice, lemon zest, garlic, basil, thyme, salt, pepper and red pepper flakes in a small bowl, whisk to blend and incorporate flavors. Place the chicken breast and the marinade in a one gallon plastic freezer bag. Squeeze and rotate the bag to coat the chicken with marinade. Marinate for at least 2 hours in the refrigerator.
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Place lemon slices on the bottom of an ovenproof baking dish. Remove chicken from marinade and place in a single layer on top of lemon slices. Reserve the marinade.
Brush each chicken piece with oil or melted butter. Sprinkle cardamom pods over chicken. Place vanilla bean, cinnamon stick and chili peppers over chicken. Bake for a total of 45-50 minutes, until the chicken is cooked through and the juices are running clear (internal temperature should be 165 degrees F). Half way through the baking process, baste generously with the reserved marinade.
Let rest, covered in foil, for 10 minutes before serving. Garnish with remaining fresh basil. Drizzle with Honey-Lemon Dressing.
For Honey-Lemon Sauce:
In a small bowl whisk lemon juice with lemon zest, honey and thyme. Add olive oil, salt and pepper; and whisk again. Drizzle over cooked chicken prior to serving.