Introduction: How to Make Lemon Pepper Chicken
Lemon pepper chicken is a fried dish prepared on a stove top with simple spices. Even the most novice chefs will be able to create this delicious meal with ease. The first time through, it could take around 30 minutes from start to finish, but once you master the process and learn how to handle a knife, it could take as little as 15-20 minutes.
To begin you will need:
2 or 3 chicken breasts
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Step 1: Cutting the Chicken
Cut each piece of chicken into thin strips, no more than an inch thick/wide. After the strips are cut, you can slice those into smaller "nugget" sized pieces. This will make the meal easier to eat as well as faster to cook.
If you are unfamiliar with a knife, use these more detailed instructions:
Lay one piece of chicken down on your clean cutting board. Hold it securely with your less dominant hand while slicing the chicken in a smooth motion, that pushes the blade away from your body. Move slowly to avoid cutting your hands. My motto is: It may take you a while moving slowly, but it will take even longer if you get blood on everything and have to start over.
Step 2: Preparing the Stovetop
Pour a half dollar sized amount of canola oil into the pan before adding the chicken pieces. Stir the chicken so that most of the pieces have some oil on the bottom of them. Turn the stove top on to the highest setting and let it cook.
If your pan has a lid you can cover the chicken for a faster cook time, but this is not necessary.
Step 3: Frying the Chicken
Let the chicken sit in the pan until it begins to sizzle. You will know when its ready to flip when you can hear this noise and you see some steam begin to rise from the pan. Flip as many pieces over as you can, so that the other side gets an even amount of heat. Continue this process until all the chicken changes from the raw pink to a white/cream cooked color.
Step 4: Adding Lemon Pepper
Once all the chicken has turned the white-ish cooked color, you can add the lemon pepper seasoning. Sprinkle on as much as you like. Let the seasoned meat cook for a few minutes to absorb the taste before mixing again and adding a bit more lemon pepper to get an even coating and consistent flavor.
Depending on the brand, it may have more of a peppery or lemony zest. The Tone's brand that I use here tastes more like lemon than pepper, which is what I prefer.
Step 5: Finishing Up
Continue mixing the chicken until you start to see a little browning on some of the pieces. This ensures that the chicken is cooked all the way through and will be safe to eat. Using the spatula, scoop the chicken onto a plate and enjoy your meal.
Another sign that the cooking process is complete is when most of the oil has been heated away.