Written by Dale Richardson - Updated: June 23, 2023
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Nigel Slater is a well-known English food writer, journalist, cook. He's made a number of tasty recipes over the years, and today we're breaking down one of his most simple ones ever - lemon chicken. It's a concept so hard to mess up that is always going to satisfy. Its perfect use of delicious flavours will catch your attention right off the bat - but wait until you try our twist on the classic. It brings a whole new depth of flavour that is, honestly, unrivalled in my experience.
Nigel Slater lemon chicken makes use of (you guessed it) lemon, chicken garlic, and a few other ingredients to make a delicious meal in as little as an hour.
And as always, you can expect us to get right to the point. We do away with the faff and filler present in a lot of other recipes. That means no tales of a fictional famous relative's recipe, no long, drawn-out foreword, and a guaranteed hit of a recipe.
As per usual, we're starting with the mise en place. Prepare all of your ingredients beforehand to ensure a smooth cooking experience. It helps ensure nothing gets forgotten, burnt, or overcooked and will make your life drastically easier.
To make this lemon chicken, you'll need:
Now that you've got everything ready and waiting, it's time to make some food!
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That was perhaps the easiest recipe I've ever written. I would be amiss in my job as a chef, however, if I didn't make it a bit more complicated. Don't worry, it gets better with time.
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This twist makes use of the same base, but with a few necessary changes. You'll need:
Now, all that's left is the cooking!
The main changes here are the addition of vinegar and wine, and the fact that we're cooking in a pan. While the oven method above is certainly easier, it's not quite as good in my experience. This allows a bit more control over the whole thing - which is wonderful when making a sticky sauce.
If at this point you're asking, "but how do I make preserved lemon?" keep reading.
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This is super easy and great in just about anything that calls for lemon. It can be used as a garnish or as a part of a salad, and is often used in Middle Eastern cooking - so it's great to have. And best of all - they last for pretty quite a long time.
These can last up to 6 months when properly sealed and refrigerated - so go wild. Adding spices like peppercorns, cloves, cardamom, thyme, or nutmeg can add extra flavour to the mixture and make for a wonderful addition to desserts and entrees alike!
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Nigel Slater's lemon chicken is incredibly easy to make. It requires more time to marinade the chicken than it does to prep everything and cook it, which makes it a great go-to when unsure of what to do. Adding our balsamic and white wine sauce to it will pack it with increased flavour, while still achieving that sticky glaze that makes it so popular.
And making your own preserved lemons goes miles in terms of adaptability. I personally love making two batches of preserved lemons at a time - one that's rosemary and thyme-infused, and another with nutmeg and cardamom. The former goes on chicken, while the latter goes onto whatever I'm doing for dessert - cheesecake, pie, or tiramisu, it all benefits from that extra added kick! You can even make a salad with preserved lemon peel, pickled beets, and goat's cheese that will blow your mind - trust me here, it's incredible.
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