Chicken with Charred Lemon and Gnocchi

Chicken with Charred Lemon and Gnocchi
I’m not sure about y’all but we eat a lot of chicken. That means a girl has to have a plethora of chicken recipes in her culinary arsenal to keep the family’s taste buds from turning on her.  Her meaning me. Hence, I’m always looking for new inspiration in the chicken department and am willing to try new recipes. Some are definitely better than others if you know what I mean. I get inspiration from ingredients at the market, from flipping through the magazines with all the pretty pictures that make me want to make every recipes in the pages, from restaurants. You name it. Inspiration can come from just about anywhere.

I came across a Charred Lemon Chicken Piccata recipe in the most recent Cooking Light magazine (hello inspiration). I knew I needed to make a VERSION of that chicken dish. I kinda of have an obsession with all things lemon (currently lemon creamed honey  is rocking my world. Oh my gawsh. It has nothing to do with this recipe but you should getcha some and just dip the spoon right in). The charred lemons are luscious and really make this dish so don’t skip that step. Putting lemons with sugar and garlic might seem odd but just go with it. Even Mikey would love this.

Since the majority of my family doesn’t like capers those were definitely OUT. Last time one of the kids got a caper I heard about it for weeks. WEEKS. Not going there again. We also prefer chicken thighs (bone in, skin on – flavor baby flavor) and lots of SAUCE.

Chicken with Charred Lemon and Gnocchi

If you’re looking to cut the cooking time down on this recipe go with (pounded) chicken breasts vs thighs. It takes chicken thighs longer to cook through but I just happen to prefer the dark meat flavor. That said, if I didn’t have the time on my hands I wouldn’t hesitate to pound out some chicken breasts and rock on. It’s good to be flexible. Yeah?

Chicken with Charred Lemon and Gnocchi

Besides those charred lemons the sauce in this dish is finger licking good. The gnocchi are practically signing their praises as they soak up the goodness. All you’ll need to do is add a salad and/or vegetable and you’ve got yourself a pretty awesome weeknight meal. You can’t forget the bread, that sauce is just calling for it. Don’t let the sauce down.

TIP: Having HOMEMADE CHICKEN STOCK in the freezer is always a good thing when you make as many chicken dishes as we do. So save those bones and make yourself a batch. It’s a good thing.


Chicken with Charred Lemon and Gnocchi

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  • 1 lemon - thinly sliced and seeds removed
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 4 garlic cloves halved
  • 4 chicken thighs (bone in skin on)
  • kosher salt/pepper
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter - divided
  • 1/2 shallot - minced
  • 2 thyme sprigs
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 2 1/2 cups chicken stock
  • 1 teaspoon all purpose flour
  • 1 package gnocchi


  1. Into a small bowl add: lemon slices, sugar and garlic. Toss to coat. Set aside.
  2. Season chicken with salt and pepper.
  3. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add olive oil and 1 tablespoon butter. Brown chicken on both sides. Transfer chicken to plate. Set aside.
  4. To skillet add remaining butter and lemon mixture. Cook for approximately 1 minutes OR until slices are charred. Turning as necessary. Remove lemon slices from skillet. Set aside.
  5. To skillet add: shallot, thyme and wine. Scrape skillet with spatula to loosen brown bits. Add chicken stock and flour. Whisk together to combine. Season with salt and pepper.
  6. Return chicken to pan and cook until done.
  7. WHILE chicken is cooking, cook gnocchi according to package directions. Transfer cooked gnocchi to skillet and toss to coat.


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  1. 1

    Oh, for sure – lots of chicken. And always looking for new recipes. Anything with lemon! I’m in.

  2. 2

    We sometimes grill lemons during the summertime (love the intense flavors)- this is a great wintertime option! Great idea!

  3. 3

    Yeees, chickenallthethings! This dish looks amazing, Paula! I love the flavors!

  4. 4

    Oh man, this will very quickly become my new favorite dinneR!

  5. 5

    Heck YEAH, girl. I’m all in.

  6. 6

    There’s a local food truck here that tops their tacos with chopped grilled, charred lemon and the flavor is unbelievably good. I need to try this chicken!

  7. 7

    Oh my gosh. This looks incredible! I’m all about lemony stuff right now. 🙂

  8. 8

    Paula, that’s one pretty chicken dish!

  9. 9

    Bring me some of that chicken! Always chicken thighs, it has all the flavor and I love roasting up the lemons and squeezing the juice on afterwards. It’s the best part.

  10. 10

    Chicken thighs for life!!! They are the best. I love lemon chicken and will definitely try charring the lemons next time. Yum!

  11. 11

    Damn does this ever look crazy good! I am a lemon gal as well – I like caramelizing them so I think I’d love this dish! And lemon creamed honey….

  12. 12

    Bring on the chicken! I love the flavors in this chicken recipe!

  13. 13

    This has my mouth watering, Paula! Looks delicious. I just got a big bag of meyer lemons and this recipe is going on my list!

  14. 14

    We do a ton of chicken around here, too. I loves me some bone-in, skin on chicken thighs because they’re just so dang flavorful. I’ll be dreaming about those charred lemons until the day I try this dish!

  15. 15

    Very impressive looking chicken. Like something I would be thrilled to get in a restaurant. Delicious too I bet.

  16. 16

    Now I want to charr all the lemons

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