This simple Lemon Garlic Chicken is an easy protein dish to prepare during the busy work week. Only 3 simple and whole food ingredients needed to make this AIP, paleo, keto & low-carb friendly dish! It goes great on top of a salad or with any vegetable side of choice.
Do you ever wonder whether you’re eating too much or too little protein?
The human body is extremely smart and under most circumstances does a good job of telling us what we need through our hunger signals and cravings.
Chris Kresser, an integrative medical doctor in the US, states that when it comes to consuming protein most people eat the right amount for their needs since we are wired to do so. A good recommendation for how much protein one should consume would be – eat as much as you crave.
On average, this number would be around 15% of total calories consumed daily, but there may be times and certain situations that call for you to increase your protein intake anywhere from 20-35% of total calories.
Check out this article I wrote to learn about why adequate protein intake is important and specific conditions that may require you to increase your current protein intake.
Enjoy this chicken recipe with:
- Vegetable “Rice”
- Arugula & Avocado Salad
- Sautéed Garlic Chard
- Lemon & Pine Nut Kale
- Cauliflower Mushroom Rice
What you need for Lemon Garlic Chicken:
- Chicken breasts
- Avocado oil
- Fresh basil (optional)
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Lemon Garlic Chicken
- 1 lb chicken breasts, roughly two breasts
- 2 cloves garlic, crushed
- Juice of 1/2 lemon
- 2 tbsp avocado oil
- Fresh basil, roughly chopped (optional)
- Sea salt & black pepper, to taste (omit black pepper for AIP version)
- Season chicken breasts with sea salt and black pepper.
- Heat avocado oil in pan over medium-high heat then sear chicken breasts for 1-2 minutes per side.
- Reduce heat then add lemon juice and garlic.
- Cook for 4-6 minutes on medium, turning the chicken breasts over to coat each side in garlic and juices. Cooking time will vary depending on the thickness of the chicken breast. Use a thermometer to ensure you don't overcook the chicken. Aim for 165F.
- Plate chicken and top with fresh basil. Serve with salad or side of choice.
- Switch it up from time to time and try different spices like cumin and coriander, dill, oregano, etc. Just sprinkle spices onto chicken breasts before or during cooking.