December 6, 2008

MEDITERRANEAN LEMON PEPPER CHICKEN

3-4 chicken breasts
2 lemons
2-3 tablespoons olive oil
1 large sweet onion, finely chopped
4 cloves garlic, crushed
1 teaspoon lemon pepper
2 cups chicken broth or water
1 can chick-peas or garbanzos, drained
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, minced
1 tablespoon Wondra or flour (optional)
Cut lemons into 2 halves each. Rub chicken with one lemon half.

In a large Dutch oven, saute onion in olive oil until soft and golden colored.

Rub chicken with lemon pepper. Sear chicken on both sides in the onion and olive oil. Add garlic and saute for 1 more minute or until garlic is lightly colored. Add broth or water and drained chick-peas or garbanzos, the juice from the lemons and salt and pepper, to taste.

Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer for about 40 minutes or just until chicken is tender (depends upon size of chicken breasts).

If a thicker sauce is desired, stir flour into sauce during final 15 minutes of cooking. 10 minutes before serving, stir in parsley (save a pinch for garnishing). Taste and adjust seasoning adding salt and pepper to taste.

Serve chicken with chick-peas or garbanzos on the side; top with sauce and a sprinkle of parsley.

Leftovers can be refrigerated in the sauce and served the next day over pasta or rice or sprinkled with mozzarella and baked until cheese melts and chicken has reheated.

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