Kitchen Concoctions: Happy B-Lated Mother's Day (Dedicated to My Own Mom)

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Happy B-Lated Mother's Day (Dedicated to My Own Mom)

I had such good intentions to post my last part of "Some of My Favorite Comfort Foods" and this recipe on Mother's Day; however the last two days have been crazy busy and I did not have time to blog (I know, very sad). I saved this recipe for the last as part of "Some Of My Favorite Comfort Foods" because it is one of my mom's recipes. I remembered many a Sunday dinners having Lemon Peppered Chicken. Because my mom was a busy working mom Sunday was really the only night of the week that she had time to cook (hence why I started cooking at such a young age). Her Lemon Peppered Chicken was always so yummy (even for the pickiest of eaters-cough, cough-my siblings (Rachel, Rebecca, and Matthew) and so easy to make. My mom would always make enough to have left overs to make chicken salad sandwiches and chicken cesar salads or just reheated and eaten plan. The the butter and the lemon juice help make the chicken extremely moist and tender.

So, thanks Mom, for all those Sunday dinners, packed school lunches, for always washing my clothes, for driving all four of us around and around to school and extra curricular activities, for being our Girl Scout Leader and Cookie Mom (that was always the best- having hundreds and hundreds of Girl Scout Cookies in our house during GS Cookie Time), for being patient with us as we figured life out (and still figure it out) and always being there to help us through whatever we are going through. THANKS MOM FOR BEING YOU AND ALL YOUR HARD WORK AND DEDICATION!

This recipe is one of my favorite comfort foods because it takes me right back to being a kid. I love eating chicken this way even to this day. I have no idea where my mom got this recipe. In fact, the recipe below is my version of what my mom always made. She has told me the recipe a million times and I have probably written it down a half a million times- but I am still not sure this is the exact measurements she uses. It is still super easy and super yummy, even if it is not the original recipe.

Mom’s Lemon Peppered Chicken

4 chicken breasts (I use ones with the skins removed and off the bone)½ cup butter, melted
3 Tablespoons lemon juice (you can use fresh if you have it or on the juice isle of your grocery store you can buy it bottled; I usually used bottled since I always have it on hand)2 teaspoons lemon pepper seasoning

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Arrange chicken breasts in a 9x13 inch glass pan. Add lemon juice and lemon pepper seasoning to melted butter. Pour butter mixture evenly over chicken. Bake at 375 for 40 minutes or until thoroughly cooked.
So here it is- Three of My Favorite Comfort Foods!

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