Sesame-Lemon Chicken with a Crisp Phyllo Crust

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  • For the marinade—Rinse the chicken breasts, pat them dry, and make a few slashes in each.
  • Combine the marinade ingredients in a nonreactive bowl and add the chicken.
  • Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight.
  • To coat and cook the chicken—Heat the oven to 450°F and butter a baking sheet.
  • Butter a sheet of phyllo, top with another sheet, butter that and repeat with the other two sheets.
  • Cut the phyllo stack into 6 equal strips.
  • Remove a breast from the marinade and let some of the marinade drip off.
  • Lay the breast at one end of a strip of phyllo and roll it up, leaving the ends exposed.
  • Dip both ends of the chicken into the sesame seeds to coat.
  • Put the breast, phyllo seam down, on the buttered baking sheet; repeat with other breasts.
  • Brush the tops of the phyllo with butter and roast until crisp, browned, and cooked through, 25 to 30 minutes.

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  1. Way easier to do than it seems. Basically just marinated chicken wrapped up in pastry and baked. Very tasty, very easy and very impressive looking. Step 7 is important: -- letting the marinade drip off. The pastry doesn't get soggy that way. It was also important to toast the sesame seeds first too. We just ate this with a spinach salad. Delicious.
  2. The presentation of this is beautiful! Everyone was oohing- and aahing when I brought it to the table. The best part of this recipe is probably the marinade which I am going to use again for different dishes- the chicken was so flavourful. I served it with a broccoli casserole and lemon roasted potatoes. Thanks Mean Chef for another great recipe.
  3. This chicken is wonderful! The flavor is just delicious...and the presentation is spectacular!!! I served this with roasted potatoes and steam carrots. Everyone LOVED the meal :-) thanks for a great recipe, meanie!!
  4. Another fabulous recipe from Mean Chef. I agree with others that next time I will use probably double the number of phyllo dough sheets. I also don't think I will coat the ends of the chicken so heavily with the sesame seeds. The flavors blended beautifully and it was just delicious. I served this with Mean Chef's Roasted Broccoli w/ Lemon Garlic Butter & Toasted Pine Nuts, and it made for one awesome meal. Thanks!! Dianne
  5. This was wonderful!!! I made this last night for the people I work for and they were well pleased with it. It smelled heavenly while it was marinating and smelled even better (if you can believe it when it was cooking) I made it exactly as specified in the recipe and served it with my Lemon Rice and green beans almondine. Thanks Mean for a great recipe!!



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