Thank you SO much to Little J over at Whisk It Good! for this recipe! I saw it the other day on her site and, since I had a ton of fresh basil on hand, I decided to try it. Well it will NOT disappoint, it’s amazing! The fresh basil and zest of lemon are such a great combination together and, best of all, it’s so healthy for you! At only 197 calories per serving of chicken, pair this with some fresh veggies and you’ve got a great light meal. I even learned a new technique too which I love! Hope you guys enjoy it as much as we did!
Lemon Basil Chicken
Serves: 5 servings
- 5 chicken breasts (boneless, skinless)
- 2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
- 1 Tbsp. garlic, minced or chopped fine
- ⅓ cup white wine (choose whatever wine you like to drink!)
- 2 Tbsp. lemon zest
- 1 large bunch of basil, julienned and chopped
- 1 tsp. salt
- ½ tsp. pepper
- Juice of one lemon (slice and reserve leftovers)
- To obtain more flavorful and jucier meat, always brine in advance. This is a technique I just tried for the first time and I noticed a HUGE difference. For boneless, skinless chicken breasts you only need to let the chicken brine for 30 to 60 minutes. In a large plastic bag (or glass bowl or dish), pour 1 quart of cold water, ½ cup kosher salt or ¼ table salt and ½ cup sugar. Mix well, place chicken in bag and let sit for 30 minutes to an hour.
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
- Heat olive oil in a small pan over medium heat. Add garlic and let cook for about 1 minute, you don't want to burn the garlic. Remove from heat.
- Stir in wine, lemon zest, basil, salt and pepper.
- Arrange chicken breasts in a baking dish. Season breasts with salt and pepper. Pour lemon basil sauce over chicken and bake for 30 to 40 minutes.
- Keep covered and let sit for 10 minutes before serving.
Serving Size: 1 chicken breast • Calories: 197 • Fat: 4 g • Carbs: 8 g • Fiber: 0.1 g • Protein: 24 g • WW Points+: 4 pts