Spicy Lemon Basil Chicken

I see my basil outside and know it won’t last long since the weather is changing. My husband isn’t a fan of pesto, so I can only use it in small amounts. I feel panicked and have been using them in anything and everything! I love fresh herbs, they give food a great boost of flavor. Combine fresh herbs with fresh lemons and you have a delicious easy to prepare dinner. 

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Basil is a good source of vitamin K. Vitamin K is important for blood coagulation and our bone health. Basil also provides vitamin A in the form of beta-carotene. Beta-carotene helps protect our body from free-radical damage and reduces the risk for cardiovascular disease. Basil contains nutrients like magnesium, calcium, folate, potassium, iron, and vitamin C.

Fresh Basil Nutrition

(2 Tablespoons)
Calories 2 
Vitamin A 280 IU
Vitamin K 22 mcg

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Spicy Lemon Basil Chicken is one of my favorite go-to quick cooking meals. This chicken pairs well with just about any fresh vegetable. 

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I love when I find a dish that is easy to prepare and big in flavor. Spicy Lemon Basil Chicken is just that…the fresh basil and lemon juice give the chicken a bright burst of flavor, while the Tabasco gives a nice kick. 


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Spicy Lemon Basil Chicken
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Serves: 2
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • ½ cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1 Tbsp fresh basil, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, pressed
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp Tabasco sauce
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  1. Trim any visible fat from chicken. Season each chicken breast with salt and pepper. In a small bowl mix panko, basil and garlic together with a fork, to break up the garlic. Coat both sides of chicken with the panko mixture.
  2. Whisk lemon juice, honey, Tabasco together in a small bowl, set aside.
  3. Add olive oil to a large nonstick skillet and heat over medium heat.
  4. Add chicken to skillet and brown both side and cook until done, about 10-12 minutes.
  5. Pour lemon sauce over the chicken, cook 1 minute. Flip to coat both sides.
  6. Serve and enjoy.
Slightly Adapted from Cuisine at Home


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