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Flexible 4-Step Chicken for Family and Company – Rustic Lemon-Onion Chicken

Recipe courtesy Melissa d’Arabian

Prep Time:
30 min
Inactive Prep Time:

Cook Time:
30 min


4 to 6 servings


* 4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves, sliced in half crossways (butterflied, cut all the way through)
* 1 teaspoon dried thyme, plus 1 small bunch fresh thyme, leaves chopped
* Salt and freshly ground black pepper
* 4 tablespoons olive oil
* 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
* 1 red onion, thinly sliced
* 1/4 cup white wine, optional
* 1 cup chicken broth
* 3 lemons, juiced
* 1 to 2 tablespoons butter
* Spinach “bed”, recipe follows


Season chicken with dried thyme and salt and pepper. Heat a large saute pan over medium heat and add the oil. Dredge the chicken in flour, add to the hot oil and saute until cooked through. Set chicken aside to rest on plate tented with foil.

In same saute pan, over low heat, add onions and fresh thyme and cook until aromatic.

In a measuring cup, measure out wine, if using, and broth, and add the lemon juice. Turn the heat up to high, and deglaze the pan with the broth mixture until starting to reduce.

Remove the pan from the heat and finish the sauce by whisking in butter. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

Place a bed of cooked spinach on a serving platter, top with the chicken. Spoon the sauce over the chicken and serve.

Spinach “bed”:

* 1 bag pre-washed fresh spinach
* 3 tablespoons water
* 1 tablespoon butter
* 1 lemon, juiced
* Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Microwave spinach in a microwave-proof dish with a few tablespoons of water on high for 5 to 6 minutes, or until hot. Drain, and toss with butter, lemon juice, and salt and pepper, to taste.

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