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Chicken in Lemon Sauce (Κοτόπουλο λεμονάτο)

Cretan cuisine (Κρητική κουζίνα) - Chicken in Lemon Sauce (Κοτόπουλο λεμονάτο)

Everyone loves Chicken in Lemon Sauce, its so simple to make, yet so tasty.


Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cooking Time: 1 hour
Yields: 4 servings


  • 1.5 kg chicken pieces
  • 1 stalk Celery
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • pinch Salt & pepper
  • sprig fresh basil
  • 1 small Onion
  • 2 medium lemons juiced
  • 3 medium carrots sliced
  • 300 ml hot water


  1. Rinse and dry the chicken pieces.
  2. Put the olive oil in a wide saucepan and, when fairly hot but not brown, season the chicken pieces and sautee them gently on both sides. 
  3. They should not get brown. 
  4. Remove them to a plate. 
  5. Put the onion in the same saucepan and sautee until it becomes transparent. 
  6. Add all the vegetables and the basil and sautee for a few more minutes, until they are all coated in oil. 
  7. Add the chicken pieces on top of the vegetables and pour the lemon juice all over. 
  8. It is best to start with one lemon and adjust to taste before you add any more. 
  9. When the steam from the lemon has subsided add the water and more seasoning, then cover and cook slowly for approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour. 
  10. Served with rice or pasta. 
  11. Serve the chicken and vegetables on top of the pasta or rice and coat with the delicious thick sauce.

Enjoy your Chicken in Lemon Sauce (Κοτόπουλο λεμονάτο) - (Καλή όρεξη)

Footnote: Enjoy your Cretan cooking while at the same time benefitting your body, health-wise. Lemons are so beneficial for Detoxing.

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