There is something that can be said about simplicity in a recipe. I strongly believe that when you use fresh bold flavours in a dish you really need to let those flavours speak for themselves. This is a recipe that I noticed a while back on the Half Hour Meals website and when I read the ingredients I just knew I had to try it. The ingredients sounded like a tasty vinaigrette for a salad, so I figured the chicken would taste really fresh and lemony. The chicken dish turned out to be a lot more than just lemony. The soy sauce really added that extra layer of depth that it needed, and also deepened the colour of the sauce as well. This simple dish got a big thumbs up from me and my husband. This is a recipe I will for sure keep on hand when I have last minute guests coming over.

Adapted and modified from the "Sticky Lemon Chicken" recipe on the Half Hour Meals website. Recipe submitted by: beejay72

Serves 4


  • 1 large chicken (5 lbs), cut into 8 pieces (can substitute chicken breasts)
  • coarse salt and ground black pepper
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 3 tbsp liquid honey
  • 3/4 cup warm stock or hot water
  • 1 lemon, finely sliced
  • juice of half a lemon
  • handful of chopped fresh parsley

1. Season the chicken pieces with salt and pepper. Heat oil in a large non-stick skillet, on medium high heat, and place in the chicken pieces. Sear the chicken pieces on both sides until brown. Take the chicken pieces out and place them on a plate for now.

2. In the same pan, on medium heat, saute the garlic and dried thyme. Pour the white wine vinegar and pick up all of the chicken bits from the bottom of the pan, then add the chicken pieces back in. Drizzle over the soy sauce, liquid honey and the 3/4 cup of stock or water. Cover the skillet and shake the pan a few times to give it a good mix. Add in the lemon slices and the lemon juice at this point.

3. With the lid off, let the liquid reduce a bit until the sauce becomes a syrup like consistency. This will take several minutes. Turn the heat off once the chicken has been completely cooked through. Sprinkle chopped parsley over and serve immediately.

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