Lemon Chicken

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Serves 6 (Serving size 1breast or thigh) Cook Time 40 minutes

2 skinless, bone-in chicken breast halves, halved crosswise
2 skinless, bone-in chicken thighs
1 tsp kosher salt, divided
3/4 tsp black pepper, divided
Cooking spray 1
1 tbsp olive oil, divided
1 Meyer lemon, cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices and seeded
1/4 c finely chopped shallots
4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
1/2 c dry white wine
1/2 tsp chopped fresh thyme leaves
1 c unsalted chicken stock (such as Swanson), divided
1 tsp cornstarch
2 oz pitted Castelvetrano olives
2 tbsp fresh Meyer lemon juice
2 tbsp butter substitute
1 tbsp fresh parsley leaves


  1. Preheat oven to 400°.
  2. Heat a large ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Sprinkle chicken with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper; coat with cooking spray. Add chicken to pan; cook 6 minutes or until golden brown. Turn chicken over. Place pan in oven. Bake at 400° for 12 minutes or until a thermometer inserted in thickest portion of chicken registers 165°.
  3. Remove chicken from pan; keep warm. Discard pan drippings (do not wipe pan clean).  Add lemon slices to pan; cook 1 minute on each side or until browned. Remove lemon from pan. Add remaining 1 tablespoon oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add shallots and garlic; sauté 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add wine and chopped fresh thyme; cook 1 minute or until liquid almost evaporates, scraping pan to loosen browned bits.
  4. Return lemon slices to pan. Add 2/3 cup stock, remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, and remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Combine remaining 1/3 cup stock and cornstarch, stirring with a whisk. Add cornstarch mixture and olives to pan; bring to a boil. Cook 1 minute, stirring occasionally. Stir in lemon juice and butter substitute, stirring until butter melts. Return chicken to pan, turning to coat; sprinkle with parsley.

Nutritional Info: Calories 106.2, Fat 53, Sodium 150.3mg, Carbohyrate 0.6g, Protein 10.4 g

Recommended for patients on the Modified Profast (Fast and Flexible) Program,  Nutriplus (Balance Your Pyramid) Program or Maintenance Program.

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