Lemon and Almond Chicken

Lemon and Almond Chicken


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Lemony, almondy, spicy, flavourful chicken breasts! A good dish for when you have guests. I like to serve this with plain cooked white or brown rice, and to spoon the sauce over it.

Joy Bowers

Serves: 6 

  • 5 tablespoons (100ml) lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper
  • 6 1/2 tablespoons (130ml) olive oil
  • 6 skinless, boneless chicken breasts
  • 1 cup (115g) sliced almonds
  • 2 cups (500ml) chicken stock
  • 1 teaspoon cornflour, dissolved in 1 tablespoon water
  • 2 tablespoons orange marmalade
  • 40g butter, cut into pieces
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red chilli flakes
  • 6 slices lemon, for garnish

Preparation:10min  ›  Cook:30min  ›  Extra time:1hour marinating  ›  Ready in:1hour40min 

  1. Combine the lemon juice, mustard, garlic and white pepper. Beat in 5 tablespoons (100ml) of the olive oil. Put the chicken in a shallow container and pour the lemon mixture over it. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  2. In a large frypan, saute the almonds in 1/2 tablespoon (10ml) of the olive oil until golden. Remove from frypan and reserve. Wipe out the frypan. Drain the chicken, reserving the lemon marinade. Add remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil to frypan then add chicken breasts and brown over high heat until breast is brown on each side (6 to 10 minutes). Remove from frypan and reserve.
  3. Strain the lemon marinade into the frypan. Bring to a boil and boil for 1 minute. Add chicken stock and cornflour/water mixture. Cook over high heat, stirring occasionally, until the mixture reduces by half (about 5 minutes). Add marmalade and stir over medium heat until melted. Stir in the butter a bit at a time over high heat, stirring constantly. Stir in parsley and red chilli flakes. Return chicken to frypan and heat through. Add reserved almonds and garnish with lemon slices.

Nutritional Data

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