HomeHealthRecipes: Chef Aaron McCargo Jr.'s Crunchy Lemon-Herbed Chicken

Recipes: Chef Aaron McCargo Jr.’s Crunchy Lemon-Herbed Chicken

Chef Aaron McCargo Jr. stopped by a Black Health Matters Facebook Live and dished out cooking tips and this tasty, kidney-friendly Crunchy Lemon-Herbed Chicken. Lemon, oregano, basil and thyme make this chicken dish irresistible. Panko bread crumbs add crunch.

Crunchy Lemon-Herbed Chicken
6 2-ounce chicken tenders

4 tablespoons unsalted butter, chilled

½ cup panko bread crumbs

¼ cup of lemon juice, plus zest of 1 lemon

1 egg yolk

1 tablespoon fresh oregano, chopped

1 tablespoon fresh basil, chopped

1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped

3 tablespoons water (1 tablespoon for the egg wash, 2 tablespoons for finishing the sauce)

Preheat 2 tablespoons of butter on medium-low heat. Add zest of 1 lemon and half the herbs to bread crumbs; save the rest for lemon sauce. Beat egg yolk with 1 tablespoon water. Place chicken tenders between 2 pieces of plastic wrap and beat with small groove side of mallet until thin, but not ripped. Dip chicken in egg wash mixture, then in herbed bread crumb mixture until coated. Set them aside. Preheat 2 tablespoons of butter on medium heat. Place breaded chicken in sauté pan. Cook chicken, approximately 2 to 3 minutes each side. Remove chicken and place on baking sheet pan to rest. In same pan, add remaining herbs and lemon juice, then heat until simmering. Turn off heat; add remaining 2 tablespoons of butter to the sauce, stir vigorously. Slice the chicken. Place sliced chicken on a plate, pour the sauce over the top and add garnishes. Serves 4.

Cooking Tip:  Use diced red bell peppers, lemon slices, parsley or finely diced shallots and scallions to add color and garnish to your final dish.

Nutritional analysis: 277 calories; 16 g total fat; 8 g saturated fat; 0 g trans fat; 139 mg cholesterol; 141 mg sodium; 12 g carbohydrates; 22 G protein; 226 mg phosphorus; 347 mg potassium; .9 g fiber; 50 mg calcium





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