This is not my official lemon chicken recipe — I’ll post that another day. This recipe is close, but it’s an imposter. I guess you could say that this is the cheater version. The “lemons were too expensive at the store” version. Or maybe the “darn it, I forgot to purchase lemons the other day” version. The taste is very similar — but it differs since it uses bottled lemon juice rather than fresh lemons — but the good news is that it can be adapted more easily for the people with “I’d rather not be overwhelmed with lemon” preferences. No matter what you call it, or what you don’t call it, this is made in my kitchen at least once a week. It’s cheap and tasty and easy and fast. And the whole family eats it. With two picky eaters in my family, that is a huge selling point for me! The whole family knows, when they ask “what’s for dinner?” and I reply “chicken”, this is what they’ll get!
Funny lemony chicken story: One time, in my first year or two of marriage, my youngest sister came to visit. For some reason my husband was cooking — maybe I had just had my first baby? — not sure why, but it was not very usual for him to cook. When he did cook, he’d make one of two things. Lemony chicken was one. But when my sister visited, he hadn’t made it often enough to know exactly the right amount of lemon juice to add. Well, he more than quadrupled the lemon juice… instead of tablespoons, he used cups. Eating overly-lemony chicken is hard to do, but her expression was priceless and makes for a fun memory!
In a saute pan, cover the bottom with olive oil (just enough to coat the bottom of the pan). Heat the pan over medium-high heat. Add boneless, skinless chicken breasts or tenders (I often use tenders, since they cook very quickly). Season with salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Cook on the first side until golden brown, then turn and cook on the second side until golden brown. Turn the chicken one more time, and add 2 tablespoons of lemon juice. Immediately turn off heat and cover. Remove from heat and allow to sit for at least 5 minutes. Serve.