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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 4
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 318.0
  • Total Fat: 6.7 g
  • Cholesterol: 146.3 mg
  • Sodium: 275.4 mg
  • Total Carbs: 12.3 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 4.6 g
  • Protein: 55.0 g

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Easy Lemon Chicken


Easy Lemon Chicken

Introduction

If you like lemons, you'll love this simple chicken dish! If you like lemons, you'll love this simple chicken dish!
Number of Servings: 4

Ingredients



    • 1-1/2 lb. chicken breast, skinned and fat removed


    • 3 lemons, juiced and zested, flesh cut into segments


    • 1 Tablespoon vinegar (or balsamic vinegar)


    • 3 teaspoons chopped fresh oregano or 1 teaspoon dried oregano, crushed


    • 1 medium onion, sliced


    • 1/4 teaspoon salt


    • black pepper to taste


    • 1/2 teaspoon paprika



Tips

Using skinless chicken breasts means this tangy dish is lower in saturated fat and cholesterol. You can also use chicken thighs and drumsticks.


Directions

1. Place chicken in 13x9x2" glass baking dish.



2. Mix lemon juice, vinegar, lemon peel, oregano, and onions. Pour over chicken, cover and marinate in refrigerator several hours or overnight, turning occasionally.



3. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and paprika.



4. Cover and bake at 325 F for 30 minutes. Uncover and bake 30 minutes more or until done.



Yield: 4 servings--Serving Size: One chicken breast with sauce





TAGS:  Poultry |

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  • O.K.
    71 of 72 people found this review helpful
    Didn't care for the lemon peel taste. Might try again without the lemon peel and adding some basil and minced garlic. - 10/21/07

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  • Very Good
    51 of 54 people found this review helpful
    We make this all the time but include potatoes cut in wedges in the roasting. Also a couple garlic cloves. - 6/3/09

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  • Incredible!
    49 of 50 people found this review helpful
    Tastes just like Chicken Limone from our favorite Italian restaurant. Hubby, our son and I all love it. We sprinkle capers on top. Very easy to make. - 5/30/08

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  • Very Good
    42 of 43 people found this review helpful
    I didn't have fresh lemons so I omitted the peel, but it was tasty without it. It was so easy to prepare. My young children thought it was too tangy but the adults liked it. Sometimes chicken can look really white and bland but with paprika on top, it gave the chicken a nice color and appearance. - 7/17/08

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  • O.K.
    40 of 43 people found this review helpful
    Seemed to border on sour taste--next time will probably add some reduced-sodium chicken broth, halve the lemon juice, and replace the oregano with tarragon. My 6-year-old wasn't fond of it. - 5/9/09

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  • 31 of 34 people found this review helpful
    My husband isn't crazy about lemon so I used lime instead and added a little Jamaican jerk seasoning to the recipe. It was very tasty! The next time he goes out of town, I'll try the lemon version for my son and me. Thanks! - 5/29/08

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  • Incredible!
    31 of 31 people found this review helpful
    I left out the lemon peel and added dill. Next time I would use less oregano, and more onion, they were delicious! I would probably add garlic, too. I used cornstarch t the end to thicken up the sauce. I loved it!! - 2/13/08

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  • Very Good
    30 of 30 people found this review helpful
    This was really good - it was very lemony, but I love lemon and my kids loved it. I served it with greek-style potatoes and a big salad. - 12/4/08

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  • O.K.
    29 of 30 people found this review helpful
    My picky kids and husband didn't care for this. It was ok if you like lots of lemon. The lemon peel taste was not very good. Would recommend leaving it out. - 11/26/07

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  • Very Good
    28 of 29 people found this review helpful
    I'm visiting a girlfriend in another city and I talked her into trying this. We loved it ... making a few modifications along the way...omitted salt and added both garlic and some Italian seasoning. Mmmmmm! - 6/25/09

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  • Good
    26 of 29 people found this review helpful
    I liked it but my kids didn't. It was too lemony. Maybe adding some splenda and soya sauce will help. Plus I found it was too much peel. - 2/20/09

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  • Very Good
    25 of 27 people found this review helpful
    I do almost exactly the same thing, except that I will fry the chicken in a pan instead of baking. You don't need any add'l oils; just use a good non-stick pan. As the chicken cooks on each side, take it out, slice it thin, then put it back in to finish cooking. This makes a great 10-minute meal. - 5/29/09

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  • Incredible!
    25 of 26 people found this review helpful
    This is a family favorite. I usually leave the peel out just because I just don't have it available. My son even requested it for his birthday dinner!! It's a great meal when camping. Super easy! - 11/25/07

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  • Incredible!
    23 of 23 people found this review helpful
    I have a hard time eating chicken - I just don't really like it - but this recipe is GREAT!! It's going to become one of my standard meals and I'm going to "write home" about it. ; ) Oh, I'll probably do more onions next time but that's just because I love onions. - 9/9/08

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  • Good
    22 of 23 people found this review helpful
    I cut down on the lemon juice because I thought it might be too lemony, but next time I'll use the whole amount or more. - 7/7/08

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  • Good
    17 of 17 people found this review helpful
    Very nice, very lemony, but not too overpowering! No leftovers so everyone liked it! Would make this again. - 12/17/08

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  • Very Good
    15 of 16 people found this review helpful
    Very easy! Tastes good on the grill too . . . - 6/8/09

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  • O.K.
    15 of 17 people found this review helpful
    was a little too lemony for me. I will cut the juice amount in half next time. - 1/16/09

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  • O.K.
    14 of 18 people found this review helpful
    Followed exact recipe. I thought it was OK, my husband thought it lacked flavor, my 10 yr.old thought it was too lemony and my 6 yr.old ate it without commentary. I even used fresh oregano -disappointed because it's flavor was lost. Overall, disappointing! - 11/12/08

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  • Incredible!
    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
    We have to use Turkey tenderloins instead of chicken, so it only needed 30 minutes of baking time, total. We all liked this very much! - 8/12/09

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  • O.K.
    12 of 16 people found this review helpful
    Too lemony for my taste. Will most likely try again but see need to reduce amount of lemon. - 11/29/08

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  • 11 of 11 people found this review helpful
    As with anything you marinate, I found that to truely get the whole lemony experience with this recipe you NEED to pierce the chicken breasts all over so the lemon really gets into the meat! Very nice recipe for something different! - 11/15/09

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  • Very Good
    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
    I liked it sweetened slightly with Splenda too. - 10/19/08

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  • Good
    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
    This was pretty good. Husband thought it tasted like fish because of the lemony taste. I zested the lemon peel and added capers. I agree with a previous commenter that I would add some chicken broth next time to the lemon juice mixture. - 10/3/09

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  • Very Good
    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
    i added 1/2 cup mandarin oranges w/juice - i don't think it really added or took away -- i was surprised at how nicely the chicken tasted like lemon but not overpowering -- i'm glad i have leftovers for lunch this week! - 6/17/08

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  • Incredible!
    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
    Adding minced or chopped garlic into the chicken pieces themselves makes the receipe even tastier and healtheir. - 9/20/09

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  • Good
    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
    this was good.. but not something that worked for my whole family little to big.. still glad I made it.. and I'm thankful you shared the recipe - 8/23/08

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  • 9 of 11 people found this review helpful
    Try pounding the breasts to qtr inche thickness, coating with a bit of olive oil and grilling after the marinating. woonderful! - 11/25/07

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  • Incredible!
    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
    I browned the chicken first to give it a bit of color (I was afraid it might taste boiled! probably wouldn't have. :-)) Added garlic and cut back on some of the lemon juice and used a bit more wine. reduced the sauce a bit before serving - delicious! I liked the added peel very much. Nice recipe! - 10/19/09

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  • Incredible!
    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
    I made this for dinner last night. My son was visting and enjoyed as did my husband. I prefer dark meat but with spaghetti this was good. On my make again list. Thanks for the recipe. - 8/4/09

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  • Incredible!
    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
    I thought it was tangy not really lemony. My husband loved it, but he loves lemonade. I didn't put the lemon peel in and probably more spices. I also put in some baby carrots, though I don't think they added anything and they didn't cook in the hour. I made this recipe because I had lemons. - 6/17/09

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  • Incredible!
    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
    I love lemon chicken, this is alot like my recipe that I have, still if your a lemon fan like me it's a must try!!!! - 5/29/09

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  • 8 of 10 people found this review helpful
    I think lemon zest would be better than the peel. The white part is very bitter. - 11/25/07

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  • Incredible!
    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
    I like using skinless thighs. I've been making lemon chicken for years, never thought of using the peal. This adds more lemon flavor will add from now on. Thanks! - 11/18/09

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  • O.K.
    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
    Way too lemony for my family. I might try again without the lemon peel and perhaps add some chicken broth. - 9/23/09

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  • 7 of 10 people found this review helpful
    Maybe not so much lemon - maybe garlic and mushrooms, etc. 090106 - 1/6/09

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  • Very Good
    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
    Yummy! I used lemon zest instead of peel. - 12/17/08

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  • Incredible!
    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
    This was so easy and so good! My mouth still waters! - 11/25/08

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  • Very Good
    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
    This was very good. I am not a usually a lemon fan, but this has changed my mind. - 8/15/08

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  • Good
    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
    I left the lemon peel out too as I am not keen on it, but served on a bed of rice with veg, it made a tasty meal. Low in fat etc, a good recipe. - 11/25/07

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  • Very Good
    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
    I didn't want to wait an hour to eat so I took one of the pieces of chicken and cooked it on my Foreman Grill after marinating it and it was fabulous! The rest I stuck in the oven as directed and it turned out great, too. Instead of lemon peel though I would suggest using lemon zest. - 12/9/09

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  • Very Good
    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
    Loved the easy ADVANCE prep- setting it up to marinate in the morning and then popping it in the oven at the end of the day! Enjoyed by everyone. Flavorful and no-one missed that it wasn't fatty. A bit on the acidy side- next time i might omit the white wine vinegar and use white wine instead. - 11/14/09

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  • Incredible!
    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
    I have always been a lemon lover. I didn't add a lot of lemon peel but did add lemon zest. It was quite popular with everyone. Thank you. - 9/20/09

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  • Very Good
    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
    I LOVE THIS RECEIPE. IT IS ALSO GOOD WITH PLAIN NOODLES AND THE SAUCE. - 7/21/09

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  • Very Good
    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
    added garlic (love garlic) - 7/16/09

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  • Incredible!
    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
    I love it, It was easy to make not a lot of ingredients and my family just raved about it. - 5/29/09

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  • Bad
    6 of 10 people found this review helpful
    Imade this and not only was the lemon taste overwhelming but it was way overcooked..... - 5/29/09

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  • Bad
    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
    i grilled it at a barbecue
    the only thing i could taste was the lemon, so it wasn't very nice at all - 12/28/08

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  • Bad
    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
    I usually like lemon...but not this much. This was a bit overwhelming. - 12/12/08

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  • Bad
    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
    Too much lemon. Did not enjoy at all! - 11/4/09

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  • 5 of 6 people found this review helpful
    I thought the favor was okay in this dish, but hubby didn't like it at all. I followed the directions and it came out very dry. Would not make it again. - 9/23/09

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  • 5 of 6 people found this review helpful
    Yes, it was VERY "lemony"! I think next time I'll eleminate the lemon peel. - 9/21/09

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  • 5 of 7 people found this review helpful
    I do this with turkey, but then the turkey hits the grill. and I added honey to it. It turns out really good each time. - 9/20/09

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  • Very Good
    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
    I have tried this receipe before and my family loved it - 9/20/09

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  • 5 of 6 people found this review helpful
    We love chicken & this is great! - 5/29/09

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  • Incredible!
    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
    This was very good and easy!! - 11/25/07

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  • 4 of 5 people found this review helpful
    This will also work with orange and has a less acidic taste. - 12/28/09

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  • Very Good
    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
    Made this tonight after marinating it for 2 days. Was very good! - 12/8/09

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  • Very Good
    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
    Delicious, if you love love love lemon. I didn't quite have 1/2 cup lemon peel, but it was still extremely lemony. Both my husband and I enjoyed it! - 11/24/09

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  • Incredible!
    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
    very moist and tasty will make it regularly - 11/14/09

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  • 4 of 9 people found this review helpful
    It sounds like there is a little bit too much oregano for my taste. With the lemon, the suggestion of adding capers sounds appealing to me. Will definitely try it, by using a little less lemon, but after tasting, I might add more. - 11/13/09

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  • 4 of 7 people found this review helpful
    My son used a similar recipe to this when he maked Kebobs. Marinate the kebobs over night. Use Greek seasoning. Delish. No lemon peel. - 11/13/09

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  • Very Good
    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
    yummy ... i like the lemon, very refreshing. this recipe is a keeper. will make again. - 9/22/09

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  • Incredible!
    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
    i love this one as chicken and lemon are one of my favorites - 8/20/09

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  • 4 of 8 people found this review helpful
    This will be a lunch dish because my husband scoffs at anything but fried chicken! I love lemon and like thyme with chicken. My garden herbs are thyme and parsley and basil so will use these instead of oregano. - 7/7/09

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  • Very Good
    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
    very good! my husband who is very picky when it comes to food loved it.. thank you - 5/31/09

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  • O.K.
    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
    To much lemon for my family - 5/29/08

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  • 4 of 9 people found this review helpful
    Sounds great will try this weekend. I dont care for Oregeno so i will sub with Basil instead - 5/29/08

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  • O.K.
    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
    Too much lemon : the taste was not subtle... - 1/8/10

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  • Bad
    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    I make lemon chicken all the time, but this was just too lemony for me. Sorry - 11/14/09

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  • 3 of 9 people found this review helpful
    sounds good but I will not add the salt - 11/13/09

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  • 3 of 11 people found this review helpful
    it sounds like one must be a lemon lover for this, I am so I will try it! May add garlic...I love garlic. - 9/20/09

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  • 3 of 10 people found this review helpful
    Sounds very good!~ - 9/20/09

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  • Very Good
    3 of 13 people found this review helpful
    Definitely will try this but with an eye to everyone's comments. - 9/1/09

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  • Incredible!
    3 of 14 people found this review helpful
    YUM! Must try this! But it does sound VERY acidic... - 5/30/09

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  • O.K.
    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
    This was ok. My husband and kids said to not make it again. - 1/8/10

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  • 2 of 7 people found this review helpful
    This sounds really good - 12/11/09

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  • 2 of 8 people found this review helpful
    I will try it. - 11/27/09

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  • 2 of 5 people found this review helpful
    The chicken was very good - 11/13/09

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  • 2 of 5 people found this review helpful
    I love lemon..this was yummy! - 11/13/09

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  • 2 of 11 people found this review helpful
    save - 11/13/09

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  • O.K.
    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
    LOVE LEMON. BUT FAMILY...NO, SORRY - 11/13/09

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  • Very Good
    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
    This is a keeper. - 9/20/09

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  • 2 of 14 people found this review helpful
    This sounds really good - definitely will cook it tonight - love chicken - love lemon. YUM!! Can't wait - 9/20/09

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  • 2 of 16 people found this review helpful
    i'm craving lemon at the moment so will make it soon. - 9/20/09

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  • 2 of 6 people found this review helpful
    it is very good
    - 7/30/09

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  • 2 of 8 people found this review helpful
    I haven't tried this exact recipe, but I have cooked and eaten lemon chicken. Well, it is so delicious! - 7/20/09

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  • Incredible!
    2 of 8 people found this review helpful
    yummy - 7/15/09

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  • Good
    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
    good flavor - 7/6/09

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  • 2 of 14 people found this review helpful
    sounds really good - 5/29/09

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  • 2 of 16 people found this review helpful
    I will definitely try this one! - 11/25/07

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  • 2 of 16 people found this review helpful
    Can't wait to try this, it sounds amazing!!!
    TT
    M - 11/25/07

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  • 2 of 15 people found this review helpful
    This recipe sounds very tasty. - 10/19/07

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  • 1 of 11 people found this review helpful
    Chicken lover will try tonite!! Thanks!! - 1/8/10

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  • 1 of 7 people found this review helpful
    Is this bone in chicken breast? Maybe it tastes more lemony if you use the boneless? I'll try it - 1/8/10

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 10 people found this review helpful
    Printed and making tomorrow, sounds absolutely delicious, great healthy way to make my lemon chicken. - 11/21/09

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  • 1 of 12 people found this review helpful
    I can't rate it as I am making it tonight but it sounds good. - 11/13/09

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  • 1 of 12 people found this review helpful
    Giving this one a try tonight! : ) - 11/13/09

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  • Very Good
    1 of 12 people found this review helpful
    will make - 9/20/09

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 13 people found this review helpful
    I love lemon. - 9/20/09

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