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Zesty Lemon Pepper Chicken with Cherry Tomatoes

Lemon Pepper Chicken

This Zesty Lemon Pepper Chicken with Cherry Tomatoes dish is perfect for a weeknight meal. It’s easy to make, and it’s packed with flavor. The lemon pepper seasoning gives the chicken a bright and zesty flavor, while the cherry tomatoes add a sweetness and acidity that balances out the dish.

This recipe is a twist on the classic lemon pepper chicken dish. The addition of cherry tomatoes gives the dish a sweetness and acidity that balances out the zesty flavor of the lemon pepper seasoning. The Scotch bonnet pepper adds a touch of spice that is sure to please even the most discerning palate.

Zesty Lemon Pepper Chicken with Cherry Tomatoes
Zesty Lemon Pepper Chicken with Cherry Tomatoes

Ingredients

Best lemon chicken recipes are created with the right blend of spices. Mixing the Epis with the lemon pepper spice blend is a genius idea. The peppery and acid taste is just what a good chicken recipe needs.

Chicken: The chicken thighs are the main ingredient in this dish. They are a good source of protein and are relatively lean and tender. For this recipe, you will need six skinless chicken thighs.

Flour: All-purpose flour is used to coat the chicken in the lemon pepper seasoning. It helps to create a crispy coating on the chicken and also helps to thicken the sauce.

Lemon Pepper Seasoning: McCormick® Perfect Pinch® Lemon & Pepper Seasoning is a blend of lemon zest, black pepper, and other spices. It gives the chicken a zesty and flavorful taste.

Butter: Unsalted butter is used to cook the chicken and to create a rich and flavorful sauce.

Cherry Tomatoes: Cherry tomatoes are a type of small, sweet tomato. They add sweetness and acidity to the dish.

Onion: A large onion is sliced and added to the sauce. It adds flavor and aroma to the dish.

Garlic: Three garlic cloves are chopped and added to the sauce. Garlic adds a savory and pungent flavor to the dish.

Thyme: Thyme sprigs are added to the sauce for their herbaceous flavor.

Scotch Bonnet Pepper: The Scotch bonnet pepper is a type of chili pepper that is very hot. The seeds are removed, and then it is added to the sauce for a spicy kick.

Green Seasoning: Green seasoning is a Caribbean blend of herbs, spices, and vegetables. It adds a savory and herbaceous flavor to the dish.

Rum: Dark rum is used to deglaze the pan and add a depth of flavor to the sauce. I use Rum Barbanacourt. It is a traditional Haitian rum full of flavor.

Chicken Stock: Chicken stock is used to thin the sauce and to add flavor.

Zesty Lemon Pepper Chicken with Cherry Tomatoes
Zesty Lemon Pepper Chicken with Cherry Tomatoes

Instructions

To summarize the recipe,

  1. Melt butter in a Dutch oven and cook chicken until golden brown.
  2. While the chicken is cooking, add tomatoes, thyme, garlic, and Scotch bonnet pepper to the Dutch oven and cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Heat rum and chicken stock in a pan for 2 minutes.
  4. Add cooked chicken to the sauce and simmer for 15 minutes.
  5. Serve hot with rice or pasta.

To make this wonderful recipe, you must use a nonstick pan when pan-frying the chicken pieces. As far as the cherry tomatoes, I love using a mixture of different colors because everything looks so colorful at the end. You can also use your preferred spice brand of lemon and pepper spice. Lastly, Rhum Barbancourt is my choice for rum.

Lemon Pepper Chicken
Zesty Lemon Pepper Chicken with Cherry Tomatoes

Notes and Tips for the version of the Lemon Pepper Chicken recipe:

  • For a spicier dish, add more Scotch bonnet pepper to taste.
  • If you don’t have dark rum, you can substitute another type of rum or even brandy.
  • This dish is also delicious and served with crusty bread for dipping in the sauce.

Additional thoughts:

Zesty Lemon Pepper Chicken with Cherry Tomatoes is a flavorful and easy-to-make dish that is perfect for a weeknight meal. The combination of the zesty lemon pepper seasoning, sweet and acidic cherry tomatoes, and spicy Scotch bonnet pepper is sure to please even the pickiest eaters. This dish is also sure to impress your guests. So next time you’re looking for a new and exciting recipe to try, give Zesty Lemon Pepper Chicken with Cherry Tomatoes a try. You won’t be disappointed!

I would also like to add that this dish is:

  • Gluten-free: Substitute almond flour for the all-purpose flour.
  • Dairy-free: Use olive oil instead of butter.
  • Paleo: Use ghee or coconut oil instead of olive oil.
  • Whole30: Use olive oil instead of butter and omit the parsley.

I hope you enjoy this recipe!

Zesty Lemon Pepper Chicken with Cherry Tomatoes

Zesty Lemon Pepper Chicken with Cherry Tomatoes

Lemon Pepper Chicken recipe prepared with the right blend of aromatic herbs and spices, cooked in a spicy dark rum with cherry tomatoes sauce.
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Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Course Dinner, Main Dishes
Cuisine Caribbean
Servings 6
Calories 322 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 2 tablespoons McCormick® Perfect Pinch® Lemon & Pepper Seasoning
  • 6 skinless chicken thighs
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 pint Cherry tomatoes multi color
  • 1 large onion sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves chopped
  • Thyme sprigs
  • 1 Scotch bonnet seeds removed
  • 2 tablespoons green seasoning
  • ½ cup dark rum (Rhum Barbancourt preferably)
  • ½ cup chicken stock

Instructions
 

  • Clean the chicken pieces in a vinegar or lemon bath. Pat dry and set aside.
  • Mix the flour and lemon and pepper seasoning in a shallow dish. Coat the chicken pieces evenly with the seasoned flour.
  • Melt 3 tablespoons of butter in a large Dutch oven over medium heat.
  • Cook half of the chicken pieces for 4 to 5 minutes per side or until golden brown. Repeat with the remaining chicken, adding additional butter if necessary.
  • Place the chicken pieces on a baking sheet and roast in an oven at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 to 40 minutes, or until fully cooked.
  • While the chicken is roasting, add the green seasoning (or basic seasoning blend if using), tomatoes, thyme, garlic, and Scotch bonnet pepper to the Dutch oven. Cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • In a separate pan, heat 1 tablespoon of butter and add the rum and chicken stock. Cook for 2 minutes.
  • Add the chicken pieces to the tomato sauce with the rum sauce and bring to a quick boil. Cover and reduce heat to low.
  • Continue to cook for 15 minutes so all the flavors can come together.
  • Serve hot with rice or pasta.

Nutrition

Serving: 6gramsCalories: 322kcalCarbohydrates: 15gProtein: 25gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 128mgSodium: 141mgFiber: 2gSugar: 3g

Please keep in mind that nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on the products used.

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