Recipe: Basil & Lemon Zesty ‘Spring’ Chicken

Recipe: Basil & Lemon Zesty ‘Spring’ Chicken

This fresh basil and lemon zingy chicken is definitely worth a try whether you’re looking for a really tasty, low carb chicken recipe or just want to try something tasty as it was DELICIOUS! The sauce was full of light fresh flavours with a lovely Spring lemony zing.

This is a ‘Brilliance Within’ recipe I devised myself, to support my healthier diet and weight loss journey having recently been diagnosed with Diabetes New Beginnings…. I’ve managed to lose over 1 stone by following my own healthy eating plan and so far, I haven’t felt like I was on a ‘diet’ as I’ve eaten lots of really tasty food along the way. My husband can’t believe the variety of new dishes he’s had – I haven’t cooked properly for years due to working long hours etc. – also check out the lamb meatball recipe as that’s yummy too.. 8 Week Blood Sugar Diet – Recipe Review

Basil & Lemon Zesty ‘Spring’ Chicken

Here’s how:

Ingredients – Serves 2

  • 2 x chicken breast pieces
  • 2 x cupfuls of fresh basil
  • 1 x cup of fresh parsley
  • 1 x cup of fresh corriander
  • small handful of walnuts
  • small handful of pine nuts
  • 10 x mushrooms – sliced
  • Juice of 2 lemons mixed with a dash of red wine vinegar
  • Olive oil – approx. 1/3 cup
  • 3 x cloves of garlic – finely chopped
  • 150 grams of Crème Fraiche
  • 1 teaspoon runny honey
  • Salt & Pepper to taste


Using a liquidizer/blender, chop the basil, parley, coriander, walnuts, pine nuts, lemon juice and most of the olive oil (save a bit for cooking the chicken) – once chopped add the honey and crème fraiche – blend until smooth(ish). Place to one side.

Slice each chicken breast into 2 fillets (this helps avoid the chicken becoming too dry during cooking)

In a thick based pan with a lid (I use a cast iron casserole pot that can be used on the gas hob and in the oven), heat the remainder of the olive oil (not too hot or the chicken may stick to the base of the pan). Add the chicken breasts and fry gently on both sides to lightly brown – add the mushrooms and chopped garlic and continue to cook for a further 2 minutes or so until the mushrooms are starting to soften. Add the ‘green basil/lemon’ sauce – cover and simmer for approx. 20 minutes. Season with salt & pepper to your taste.

Serve with:

  • Vegetables of your choice – I enjoyed mine with a plate of ‘spring’ green cabbage (continuing the green theme) and Bryan also had a small baked potato which for the ‘low carb’, I left off..
  • A glass of white wine makes a perfect accompaniment or for the healthy option try it with a glass of sparkling mineral water poured over a slice of lemon and a couple of fresh mint leaves.

This is definitely a recipe I’ll be using again….

Please leave me a comment and let me know what you think – I’d love to hear x





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    • Wendy
      May 26, 2016 / 4:33 pm

      Thanks so much for commenting – it’s definitely worth a try! xx

  1. May 26, 2016 / 12:24 pm

    Ooh another one! It’s almost like having my own chef! Hehe! Looks tasty, ma’am, another one for ‘the list’!

    • Wendy
      May 26, 2016 / 2:07 pm

      hahaha – Yep another one for the list – this one is Sooo tasty! I’m off work for a few weeks at the moment so have actually found some time to test out my culinary skills which I’ve not had chance to do for years – my husband thinks it’s Xmas!! x

  2. May 26, 2016 / 1:55 am

    I love a good recipe with simple ingredients. And now that summer is here, I can’t think of anything better than a lemon-basil combination. Can’t wait to try this one out! I’ll let you know how it goes.

    • Wendy
      May 26, 2016 / 3:36 am

      I hope you enjoy it and I really look forward to hearing how it goes. Enjoy! x

    • Wendy
      May 25, 2016 / 9:58 pm

      Thanks so much for stopping by my site and commenting on this post – I really appreciate it! This is a really scrumptious chicken dish – very ‘zingy’ x

    • Wendy
      May 25, 2016 / 9:57 pm

      Yes I have to say this is definitely worth a try – it was delicious – 2 x clean plates! Thanks so much for commenting I really appreciate it.. x

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