Creamy Lemon Chicken with Garden Fresh Tomatoes & Basil

by lydia on July 27, 2012

My kitchen is bursting with plenty of the following three items; tomatoes, basil and summer squash. In trying to find unique and delicious ways to utilize all three, I came up with this fabulous meal idea. Creamy lemon chicken with garden fresh tomatoes and basil served over summer squash ‘noodles’. This was so amazingly good, I ate it for 3 days straight, even cold right out of the fridge. I was in heaven – I’d have to consider this true comfort food for summer! Indeed.

If you have ever made ‘noodles’ from zucchini, use the same method to make squash noodles. I use a cool tool, called a julienne peeler,  that makes even strips for delicate ‘noodles’, then I just blanch the strips in boiling salted water for two minutes. Here is my recipe for ‘Zucchini Pasta with Basil Butter’ for the exact directions.


Creamy Lemon Chicken with Garden Fresh Tomatoes & Basil
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Recipe type: Main Dish
 
Ingredients
  • 1 -2 Tbsp. ghee, coconut oil or lard
  • 1 Tbsp. minced garlic (or 2 large cloves)
  • 1½ cups heavy cream or sour cream
  • 3 lemons
  • 1 pound of chicken (grilled, broiled, or leftover from a roast chicken sliced)
  • ½ cup basil, chopped
  • 1 cup freshly grated good quality Parmesan (optional)
  • 1 quart grape or cherry tomatoes, halved OR 4 cups diced tomatoes
Instructions
  1. Heat the fat of choice in a medium saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Add the garlic, and cook for 60 seconds, then add the cream, the zest and juice of 2 of the lemons, 2 tsp. of salt, and 1 teaspoon of pepper.
  3. Bring to a gentle boil, then lower the heat and simmer for 10 minutes, until it starts to thicken.
  4. If you are using already cooked chicken leftover from a roast chicken, toss the sliced or shredded chicken into the sauce within the last few minutes to heat the chicken.
  5. When sauce is close to done, stir in the tomatoes and basil.
  6. Serve alone or over summer squash 'noodles' and garnish with the cheese and lemon slices (from that 3rd lemon) and more basil.
  7. This makes for amazing leftovers, in my opinion they are even good cold right from the fridge! Enjoy!

 

 

 

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