Greek Island Chicken

"This recipe is an internet find, though I've forgotten where. Its quick to put together, and served over rice, coucous or orzo makes an entire meal. I'm not sure how authentically Greek it is, but we like the flavor combinations: the sweetness of the cinnamon and the honey balanced by the acidity of the wine and lemon. Make sure to use a drinkable wine for best results."
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  • Add oil to a large skillet over medium heat, and saute chicken breasts on all sides, about 5 minutes.
  • Remove from skillet, and set aside.
  • Add onion and red pepper to skillet and saute for one minute.
  • Add garlic, and continue cooking for 3 minutes, or until onion begins to go limp.
  • Cut the sun-dried tomatoes in half, and add them to the skillet, along with all remaining ingredients except lemons and parsley.
  • Mix well.
  • Add the chicken breasts and any collected juices back to the pan, turning them over once to get them covered with the skillet juices.
  • Lay the lemon slices on top of the other vegetables around the skillet.
  • Cover, and simmer for 15 minutes, occasionally basting breasts with pan juices.
  • Remove cover and cook 5 additional minutes, until chicken is tender and the sauce is slightly reduced.
  • If you want a less liquid sauce, remove the chicken to serving dish at this point, increase heat and boil a minute or two, or until juices are boiled down to your desire.
  • Spoon sauce and vegetables over chicken, garnish with parsley and serve.

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  1. This was easy to make and tasted good. I will make this with MORE lemon next time.
  2. I agree with the earlier comments about how overpowering the lemon is (but I stupidly did not heed those comments prior to making it). I'd either use a tiny bit of lemon juice or none at all. And just because my family is a little fussy, I'd finely chop instead of cut into strips the pepper to hide it from them better.
  3. I made this recipe for the first time for my very fussy family -- stricly meat and potatoe type people -- they loved it! I've made it since for friends and it gets rave reviews every time. The flavours of all the ingredients are so very yummy!
  4. A lovely recipe. I made it as written exept I only used half a lemon and will use even less the next time, still a bit too sharp. We liked the cinnamon and the sun dried tomatoes in the dish. I did what you suggested in step 11 and the sauce was not too thin. Thanks!!
  5. This ingredient list really intrigued me and I was delighted that I had all the ingredients on hand to make it. I have to say the flavors are not for the unadventurous, but it was really DELICIOUS and perfectly suited my tastes. There is a nice tang from the sun dried tomatoes and lemon, saltiness from the olives, and sweetness from the honey and red bell pepper. The cinnamon gives it a nice hint of spice that may leave some guessing as to where that flavor is coming from had they not known it was cinnamon. I used Kalamata olives and a good chardonnay. The tangy/sour flavor was good, but to suit my tastes, I will not add all the lemon slices next time. I believe I will add just a bit of lemon juice as the lemon rind tends to lend a bit of a bitter bite when simmered in the sauce. I served this over farfalle pasta, but I believe I will use rice next time to better soak up the delicious sauce. Great recipe!


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