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Friday Food: Speedy Spiced Lemon Chicken

Today I am cooking from the new Feb/Mar 2012 Donna Hay magazine. This is definitely a speedy, though I think not a big, dinner. We don't have a barbecue, so I just used a very hot electric fry pan. There was a nice amount of charring, so it's a good alternative. I poshed mine up with some jasmine rice and I would squeeze the lemon over the spinach, rice and the chicken at the table. I like lemon!!!


Spiced Lemon Chicken  serves 4

  • 1 tbspn olive oil (extra virgin) that's 40ml
  • 1 tbspn lemon juice
  • 2 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • 2 tspn paprika (I used sweet as it was in the cupboard)
  • 2 tspn ground cumin
  • 2 tspn ground coriander 
  • 8 chicken thigh fillets, trimmed if necessary
  • 2 lemons, halved
  • spinach leaves and natural yoghurt
  • jasmine rice, if desired

Preheat the barbecue or grill pan to a high heat. Mix the olive oil, lemon juice, spices and garlic.

Then coat the chicken fillets on each side.

Chicken and spices
Place in the pan or on the barbecue and cook for 5-6 minutes on each side, turning once. 3 minutes before the chicken is cooked, add the lemon halves, cut side down.

Cooking the chicken
Serve with the baby spinach and a spoonful of yoghurt as a dressing and some rice if you like.

 Spiced lemon chicken



That does look delicious! I've never seen cooked lemon like that!


Oh the final plate looks delicious! I've got chicken to cook today, but I don't want to turn on the BBQ. I'll probably do it like you did, in the pan.


Tummy is grumbling. Has lots of the flavours I love!


Ohhhh yummy


That looks really good, even though I've just finished mine which was fresh salmon and salad with a large squeeze of fresh lime juice over everything.

It's a nice mix of ingredients. And easy.


Looks delicious! I'm going to have to try this one ... mmmmmm

lynne s of oz

oooh, yum! :-)


Oooh that looks delicious!


Yummy. One of my girls love lemon chicken & your recipe looks great. I think I will grill mine in the oven.


yum! i love your neat little pile of rice!

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