Lemon Cumin Mint Chicken is a quick and easy Middle Eastern-inspired meal that uses ingredients you likely already have. The cumin and lemon add a spicy, citrusy flavor. Think of it as the sort of meal you might have sitting outside at a café along the Mediterranean sea.
I’ve adapted this from Epicurious but made several changes. First, since it’s one person, we don’t need a mixture of chicken pieces. Second, I don’t like the boneless thighs (I want the bones to make chicken broth).
The original recipe also called for lemon-infused oil (which takes three weeks to make). Probably good, but that’s too long to wait, and I suspect it would overwhelm the chicken.
Third, the instructions said to reserve some of the garlic and scatter it over the chicken. I didn’t do that either, as I didn’t want raw garlic. And, I upped the cumin a bit.
Lastly, instead of broiling the meat, which tends to lead to dried out food (especially chicken), I simply baked it instead. About 15 minutes at 400 degrees, then baste, then another 25 minutes or so until the chicken is done and the juices run clear.
The potatoes are crispy garlic basil potato bites (without the basil). Tomatoes were fresh from the Greenmarket.
Don’t be put off by the “prep” time. It’s really five minutes of prep, and the rest is waiting for the marinade to flavor the chicken.
Lemon Mint Cumin Chicken Substitutions and Variations
- Try coriander instead of mint (or a mixture of the two)
- If you have time (and patience, make the lemon oil: 1 cup oil with 3 T of lemon zest, kept refrigerated for 3 weeks, then strained).
- Swap the lemon for lime
- Layer portobello mushrooms and thinly sliced potatoes under the chicken
More Lemon Chicken Recipes
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