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Dinner Tonight: Chicken with Lemon

Yawnnn.... right? How can this possibly be any good? I mean, it's just lemons and chicken! Honestly, I never would have attempted this recipe from Craig Claiborne's New York Times Cookbook if I didn't have a whole stack of lemons and a chicken. Plus it looked easy. It also had a lot in common with Jacques Pepin's remarkable and no-fuss crusty chicken with mushrooms and wine, which gets cooked in one skillet.

And like that Pepin recipe, it's remarkable how flavorful this dish gets from so few ingredients. I knew that the chicken would pick up a little lemon flavor, but I wasn't counting on the lemon and wine reducing in the skillet into a deliciously tart sauce. It coats each bite of chicken, making it seem like a much more involved recipe then it actually is. When paired with some rice or potatoes, it's a satisfying and stress-free meal.

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