Chicken with pan roasted garlic and lemon

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Here at the PLFF household, we’re always looking for something new to do with a pound of chicken breasts.  I always stock up when they are on sale, clean them up and divide them into 1-pound portions in freezer bags. And I always seem to find myself staring in the freezer trying to think of something else to do with that chicken.  And since I’ve found this recipe, it’s become a regular addition to our chicken rotation.  So fresh and yummy, a little crunch from the breading, but nothing to feel guilty about. 

A tip about breadcrumbs – I always keep the heels of my bread, whether it’s a regular loaf of wheat bread, some sourdough we picked up to have with soup, or the heel of French bread that I used for garlic bread.  I stick them in a bag in the freezer and when I have a full bag, I but out my food processor and grind it all into fine bread crumbs.  I keep the bag of bread crumbs in the freezer and use that instead of the stuff in the canister.  Cheap and easy!

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Chicken with pan roasted garlic and lemon
Adapted from Elly says Opa!

3 tbsp olive oil
3 fat cloves of garlic, smashed
1 lemon, halved
2 eggs
1 cup breadcrumbs
¼ cup grated parmesan cheese
1 tsp dried rosemary
2 chicken breast halves, filleted into cutlets

Heat a nonstick skillet over medium low heat and add the oil.  Once oil is hot, add garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until golden brown and soft, about 7 minutes.  Remove garlic from the pan.

Place breadcrumbs into a large, shallow bowl.  Add zest of the lemon, cheese, rosemary and salt and pepper. 

In an additional large, shallow bowl, crush the browned garlic cloves.  Add the eggs and whisk together.  Juice the lemon and whisk juice with egg and garlic. 

Season chicken with salt and pepper.  Dip chicken in egg mixture, then dredge in breadcrumbs. 

Heat garlic oil over medium heat and once hot, add chicken.  Cook until done, about 3 minutes on each side (make sure it reaches proper internal temp).  Serve with additional lemon wedges, if desired.
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