This was probably the first dish I ever made up completely from scratch using my brain.. so it was the first time it occurred to me that not only can I follow recipes and turn out yumminess, I can invent recipes too…
- 4 boneless skinless chicken breast or thighs (your choice, but I prefer dark meat, more room for error)
- fresh lemons, as many as you like it sour
- salt & pepper to taste
- dried dill
- splash of soy sauce
Preheat oven to 350.
In baking dish, place washed & dried chicken; splash soy sauce on top, roll to coat. Cut lemons in half and squeeze (cut side up, so the seeds don’t fall out) juice liberally over chicken. Sprinkle dill liberally; roll chicken pieces in both juice and dill, to get dill everywhere.
Set aside and let marinate for 15-30 minutes.
Sprinkle sugar- at least one teaspoon per chicken piece- over each piece; this will cut out any bitter acids. Roll chicken again until spread evenly.
Before baking, arrange chicken pieces nicely in dish. Slice remaining lemons into round slices; place at least one slice over each chicken piece. Sprinkle a little sugar on each lemon slice (1/2 teaspoon or more). Sprinkle more dill over entire dish.
Bake for 30-45 minutes, depending on chicken piece (breast cooks faster) and size (thicker needs longer). Center should be barely pink when you cut into it at the thickest part.
Serving suggestion: serve with a side of mashed potatoes and broccoli.