Creamy Lemon Chicken with Bacon

Family Circle March 2014

Cover Recipe – Family Circle, Creamy Lemon Chicken with Bacon: March 2014

A few days ago at the grocery store, I picked a lane with a particularly chatty checker. He was a bit goofy, but you could tell he was at least having a good time. As he was checking me out, he asked if asparagus was on sale. I told him that it wasn’t, as far as I knew, and then he commented that almost everyone he had checked out that day had it in their cart. I told him that it was probably because it’s finally spring and asparagus season!!

I have a special love for asparagus, so when I saw the March cover of Family Circle with a family friendly chicken recipe that included this favorite veggie, I knew I had to try it. And not only did it have asparagus, but this Creamy Lemon Chicken with Bacon also has lemon, which is also a favorite. I was pretty sure that I couldn’t go wrong with this recipe. And yeah, bacon doesn’t hurt, either!! Read my notes below to see what I thought of this recipe.
Creamy Lemon Chicken with Bacon

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Creamy Lemon Chicken with Bacon

Yield: 5 servings

Prep Time: 5 min

Cook Time: 25 min

Total Time: 30 min

Ingredients:

1 bunch thin asparagus, trimmed
4 slices bacon, cut into 3/4-inch pieces
1 1/2 pounds chicken cutlets, or boneless, skinless chicken breasts cut in half horizontally to make thin cutlets
1/2 teaspoon lemon pepper
1 can (14.5 oz) reduced-sodium chicken broth
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 lemon, cut into wedges

Directions:

1. Heat 1/2 inch of water in a skillet to boiling. Add the asparagus and cook until crisp tender, about 3 minutes. Remove from the water and rinse in cold water to stop the cooking.

2. Drain and wipe out the skillet and over medium heat, cook the bacon until crisp, about 8 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon to a paper towel lined plate. Discard all but 1 tablespoon of the bacon drippings.

3. Season the chicken on both sides with the lemon pepper. Cook the chicken in the hot bacon drippings for 3 minutes, then flip and cook the second side for an additional 4 minutes. Remove the chicken from the skillet.

4. Add the chicken broth and flour to the skillet and whisk until there are no lumps. Bring the sauce to a simmer, then add the chicken back in along with the asparagus. Cook for an additional 2-3 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through (165F). Squeeze lemon juice over the chicken and sprinkle on the bacon.

Tips:

*The original recipe says that you can use Italian-style chicken breast cutlets (such as Perdue Perfect Portions), but I think it's easier (and cheaper!) to use chicken breasts that have been cut in half horizontally to form cutlets.
*My asparagus was very thin, so I didn't even cook it the whole 3 minutes. You want it to still be vibrant green and to have a little bit of a bite to it still.

Nutritional Information per serving:
Calories per serving: 225
Fat per serving: 6g
Saturated Fat per serving: 2g
Sodium per serving: ,span class="sodium">661g
Fiber per serving: 2g
Protein per serving: 31g
Cholesterol per serving: 83mg
Carbohydrates per serving: 9g

Source: Family Circle

The results:

With exception to my extremely picky 3 year old, the whole family loved this!! I was afraid that the lemon flavor wouldn’t come through, since it only comes from some lemon pepper and then fresh lemon juice squeezed over at the very end, but it was perfectly lemony and refreshing. There is the perfect amount of sauce, and I love that since the asparagus is in the dish, you don’t have to worry about a separate side dish!! I really don’t think that there is a single thing that I would change! The only thing that I have to mention is that I was a little thrown off when I read the recipe and saw that it is actually a skillet recipe. Because of the photo and the dish that it is in, I was thinking that it was going to be baked, but it is actually all done in a skillet. So although the dish is a little deceiving, it’s still delicious!!

Did this recipe deserve the cover spotlight?

Yes! Whenever a pick up a copy of this magazine, I am looking for super easy, family friendly recipes, and this one definitely fits that bill. It was fairly uncomplicated and full of flavor. It was exactly what I was looking for!

Lori is the founder of RecipeGirl.com. She's a professional recipe developer and food writer, and she's the author of The Recipe Girl Cookbook (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt: April 2013). Beyond food, Lori enjoys traveling, being outdoors, running, and maybe even singing a little karaoke. The mountains near Lake Tahoe are home for Lori and her husband of 18 years. They have an 12 year-old son who blogs at RecipeBoy.com.


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14 Responses to “Gingerbread Men”

  1. 1

    VeggieGirl — December 10, 2009 @ 4:41 pm

    My all-time favorite Christmas cookie! :)

  2. 2

    Donalyn — December 10, 2009 @ 5:07 pm

    They look really cute – I’ll give them a try. I like to make gingerbread people for the grandkids. And for me, cause I love them.

  3. 3

    Katie @ goodLife {eats} — December 10, 2009 @ 5:38 pm

    I saw this magazine in the store today and thought they looked super cute. Glad to hear they were worth it because Logan came home from school asking if we could make gingerbread cookies. We will try them out this weekend!

  4. 4

    Jessica @ How Sweet — December 10, 2009 @ 5:42 pm

    I have never made gingerbread cookies! Do you have a favorite that you’d recommend?? :)

    • Lori Lange replied: — December 11th, 2009 @ 6:20 pm

      Jessica- uh, these are good :)

  5. 5

    Louise — December 11, 2009 @ 11:24 am

    Hi Lori!!! Glad I didn’t miss this one. Now, I must dig out this magazine and give it away knowing the cover is as tasteful as the recipes. You know I don’t bake. Look what I’m missing!!!

    Thanks for sharing…

  6. 6

    Stephanie — December 11, 2009 @ 11:55 am

    Your cookies came out super cute!

    • Lori Lange replied: — December 11th, 2009 @ 6:26 pm

      Thanks, Stephanie!

  7. 7

    Gourmified — December 11, 2009 @ 4:10 pm

    What a fun idea…cook from magazines…brilliant! LOVE your gingerbread cookies, too. They’re absolutely adorable! I just wish I really enjoyed the spices in them, sad. I guess I’ll just have to enjoy looking at them instead!

  8. 8

    Jane — December 12, 2009 @ 7:26 am

    I love what you’re doing on this blog! Great idea! Everything looks delicious!

  9. 9

    Cynthia — December 12, 2009 @ 6:51 pm

    Lori, this is such an original idea and exciting idea for a blog – Culinary Covers!

    Your gingerbread men are outstanding!

  10. 10

    Katrina — December 13, 2009 @ 9:54 am

    I love how simple the decorations are and they look great!

  11. 11

    Karly — December 13, 2009 @ 5:43 pm

    Can you believe I’ve never made gingerbread before? I’m going to have to try this recipe this year!

    Love the simple decorations!

  12. 12

    jo — December 13, 2009 @ 6:45 pm

    These gingerbread men are so cute .. just right for Christmas too!

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