Lemon, Basil & Garlic Baked Chicken

i seem to be clinging to a certain flavour profile this week.....lemon & basil.

citrus & fresh herbs get me everytime, and being the proud owner of garden fresh basil and a bag of lemons equivalent to what would seem the size of a beach ball, i can find no excuse not to put these two together.
last night i added in some garlic and olive oil, tossed in chicken and let the flavours marinade for the better part of the afternoon.  the result?  a deliciously moist and flavourful baked chicken dinner.


Lemon, Basil & Garlic Baked Chicken

4 skinless boneless chicken breasts
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 cup loosely packed fresh bail leaves, thinly chopped
pepper to taste

preheat oven to 350F
in small bowl whisk together lemon zest, juice, garlic, salt, oil and basil leaves and pepper.
place chicken and marinade in a large resealable plastic bag and refrigerate for at least one hour to overnight.
remove chicken from marinade and place on baking sheet.
cook for 30-40 minutes depending on the size of the chicken or until cooked though.
transfer to serving plate and top with a slice of lemon and basil if desired.


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