Citrus Symphony: Baked Lemon-Pepper Chicken

Experience a harmonious blend of tangy citrus and bold black pepper with this baked chicken masterpiece. 

Each bite reveals the zestiness of lemon combined with the spicy kick of freshly cracked pepper. The chicken, baked to perfection, is tender on the inside with a crispy skin on the outside, offering a dish that's as delightful in texture as it is in flavor.

A delectable plate featuring golden-brown Baked Lemon-Pepper Chicken, glistening with a lemony glaze, adorned with lemon slices and a sprinkle of freshly cracked pepper.

Precise Preparation and Cooking Time

  • Preparation Time: 10 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 40 minutes

The Number of Servings and Ideal Serving Size

  • Yields 4 servings.
  • Ideal Serving Size: 200g per serving.

Essential Nutritional Information

  • Calorie Count: 390 kcal/serving
  • Macronutrients:
    • Proteins: 36g
    • Carbohydrates: 3g
    • Fats: 26g
  • Sodium: 280mg
  • Dietary Fiber: 0.9g

Ingredients, Measured in Grams

  • Chicken pieces (drumsticks, thighs): 800g
  • Lemons (zest and juice): 60g (zest), 100ml (juice)
  • Olive oil: 30ml
  • Freshly cracked black pepper: 10g
  • Salt: To taste

Method of Preparation

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C (392°F).
  2. In a bowl, mix olive oil, lemon zest, lemon juice, freshly cracked black pepper, and salt.
  3. Place the chicken pieces in a baking dish and generously brush them with the lemon-pepper mixture.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven for 35-40 minutes, or until the chicken is golden brown and fully cooked.
  5. Remove from the oven and let rest for a few minutes before serving.
A heartwarming oven scene where the chicken pieces are baking to golden perfection, with lemon slices caramelizing by their side.

Proven Tips for Culinary Success

  • To enhance the lemon flavor, consider adding thinly sliced lemons to the baking dish, which will caramelize while baking.
  • Pair the dish with a light salad or roasted vegetables to complement the lemony tang.

Anticipated FAQs

  • Can I use chicken breasts instead? Yes, but adjust the baking time as chicken breasts might cook faster and can become dry if overcooked.
  • How can I ensure the chicken skin gets crispy? Placing the chicken under the broiler for the last 5 minutes can help achieve a crispier skin.