Peppered Lemon Chicken Bites and Curried Brussels Sprouts

Bites of chicken marinated with preserved lemons and pepper.

 

Originally, this post was just going to be just about the Peppered Lemon Chicken Bites, but the Brussels sprouts turned out so good and were the perfect complement for the chicken, that I decided to dish up both. Let’s talk about the chicken first.  In this simple little chicken dish, the chicken is marinated with preserved lemons, garlic oil, pepper and a couple more ingredients.  After marinating, the chicken is cooked on the stovetop or skewered for kabobs and grilled. Both cooking methods yield a cook time of less than 15 minutes.  This summer we were making the kabobs, but now that it’s pitch dark by 5 p.m., I cook the chicken on the stovetop.  No matter which method used, this peppered lemon chicken is a tasty, quick and easy meal – perfect for the middle of the week.


This recipe was inspired by Annie’s Eats Garlic Lemon Chicken Kabobs which I first saw on Pinterest.  Even though Annie’s recipe looked delicious as is, I couldn’t help but make a couple of changes. Annie called for olive oil and minced garlic which was replaced with garlic-infused olive oil, and the lemon zest with preserved lemons.  I also added tarragon, because I just like chicken and tarragon.  The cooked chicken is extremely flavorful and tender, and not the least bit dry.  The stovetop version yields chicken pieces that are even more moist with the bonus of a little sauce from the vermouth used to deglazed the skillet.

 

Bites of chicken marinated with preserved lemons and pepper.

 

 

Bites of chicken marinated with preserved lemons, pepper and tarragon

 

Kitchen Notes

The Preserved Lemon – If you don’t have preserved lemons, you could either make my quick preserved lemons the night before, or used the lemon zest and juice from half a lemon.  If you don’t use preserved lemon, then I would recommend adding ¼ teaspoon or more salt to the marinade.

The Garlic-Infused Oil – If you don’t have garlic-infused oil, the do what Annie does and use 1 Tbsp. olive oil and 2 to 3 minced garlic cloves.

The Vermouth or White Wine – For a non-alcoholic substitution, you could use apple juice or chicken stock.

The Cook Time – When using the stovetop method, the cook time will vary for different size pieces.  Add the largest pieces to the skillet first and cook for 2 minutes, then add the rest of the chicken pieces.  This will prevent the smaller pieces from overcooking.

These Peppered Lemon Chicken Bites don’t need anything but I nice healthy side dish to finish off the meal.  I recommend the Curried Brussels Sprouts below – a great combination of flavors.

Curried Brussels Sprouts

Shaved Brussels sprouts will turn Brussels sprout haters in to sprout lovers.

 

First of all, I never have liked Brussels sprouts……….until now. I’m still now crazy about the intact sprouts, but these “shaved”, shredded sprouts have lots of possibilities.  Secondly, so as not to confuse you, the Brussels sprouts in the picture are not the finished dish. In fact, they aren’t even cooked. When I took the picture, I knew I would be making Brussels spouts as a side, but I wasn’t quite sure what I was going to do with them.  I had two recipes in mind.  One was the Hashed Brussels Sprouts from Kitchen Riffs (KR).  The other was the Shaved Brussels Sprouts with Hot Bacon Dressing also from Kitchen Riffs.  Both of these recipes inspired me to get over my dislike of all things Brussels sprouts and give the shaved version a try.  So following KR’s advice on how to make Brussels sprouts taste good for people like me, I threw together this Curried Brussels Sprouts dish which turned out to be a really nice complement for the Peppered Lemon Chicken and was a dish that both Bobby and I could easily eat again.  We both enjoyed it very much! So thanks KR! I’ll be making your salad with the hot bacon dressing next.

 

Kitchen Notes

The Bacon Drippings - What isn’t better with bacon?  :)  The bacon drippings provided just a hint of bacon which was quite nice with the Brussels sprouts, but if you don’t have any drippings, then use butter or olive oil. I would probably use butter, but if your vegan or don’t use butter, then olive oil would work as well.

The Curry Powder – The Sweet & Spicy curry powder from Season with Spice is my favorite of all curry powders, but if you don’t have it, you could substitute with your favorite curry powder.  If it’s not a spicy curry, then add a little chile powder as well.

These Curried Shaved Brussels Sprouts are going to be a great side for a variety of dishes.

 

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43 Responses to “Peppered Lemon Chicken Bites and Curried Brussels Sprouts”

  1. fati's recipes December 22, 2013 at 1:02 pm #

    The marinade for this chicken is divine! They look so gorgeous, too. I’ll definitely give these a go big I’ll have to miss the sprouts as I’m the only muncher around here. They, too sound like a wonderf complement to the chicken though!

  2. The Wimpy Vegetarian December 9, 2013 at 10:17 pm #

    what a perfect meal, mj! and this is my favorite way to have brusslies, shredded and barely cooked. perfect!

    • mj December 11, 2013 at 7:27 pm #

      Thanks Susan! It has become my favorite way as well. :)

  3. eggmaster December 6, 2013 at 6:42 am #

    What_s up, I check your blog regularly. Your story-telling style
    is awesome, keep doing what you_re doing

  4. Jennie @themessybakerblog December 5, 2013 at 12:00 pm #

    This looks so good. I’ll take two helpings.

    • mj December 5, 2013 at 8:27 pm #

      Come on by Jennie and I’ll give you all you want. :)

  5. Soni December 1, 2013 at 8:13 am #

    Ooh loving these delicious bites of chicken and curried brussel sprouts sound perfect to me!On my ‘must try’ list :)

  6. Shannon | JustAsDelish November 27, 2013 at 9:18 am #

    I’ve recently tried brussel sprouts, absolutely love it. and adding curry to it is just genius

  7. Raymund November 25, 2013 at 8:11 pm #

    That is one damn tasty meal, wanna have them for dinner today.

  8. Yi @ Yi Reservation November 24, 2013 at 9:42 pm #

    Having some Brussels sprouts on hand right now and your curried brussels dish sounds just fantastic! It definitely goes well with the lemon pepper chicken. Thanks for sharing it!

  9. Kelly @ Inspired Edibles November 24, 2013 at 11:12 am #

    Aren’t brussels sprouts the greatest subject of reinvention?!!? (bacon drippings, O.M.G.) — you’ll turn this veggie around yet :). Haven’t tried curry yet – must do. Your peppery lemon bites look juicy and delicious too – there’s nothing about this recipe that doesn’t delight MJ.

  10. Angie@Angie's Recipes November 24, 2013 at 8:08 am #

    I LOVE Brussels sprouts, MJ. This is a fantastic meal. Those diced chicken look really tender.

  11. cquek November 24, 2013 at 6:01 am #

    Mmmm – what a perfect stuffing recipe

  12. Debra November 24, 2013 at 5:33 am #

    I agree—this is the perfect combination. I really need to make Brussels sprouts more.

  13. Carole November 23, 2013 at 3:20 pm #

    Fantastic chicken bites, MJ – love your marinade. Cheers

  14. Hotly Spiced November 23, 2013 at 2:59 pm #

    I love preserved lemons and they go so well with chicken. What lovely looking chicken bites and I’m also a fan of Brussel Sprouts xx

  15. rosita vargas November 23, 2013 at 6:21 am #

    Muy rica combinaciòn y suavidad al paladar con su pollo bien preparado,abrazos.

  16. Nami | Just One Cookbook November 23, 2013 at 1:35 am #

    Love both recipes – both are very light, yet very flavorful with the spices and citrus flavor. They sound very appetizing too! I have some brussels that I have to use pretty soon. Your curried recipe sounds just perfect for some Asian theme main dish.

  17. Valerie | From Valerie's Kitchen November 22, 2013 at 11:18 am #

    I love the idea of chicken bites! I do steak bites all the time but why on Earth have I never done this with chicken? Thanks for the inspiration, MJ. I’m sure the preserved lemons make this out of this world good.

  18. Rathai November 22, 2013 at 1:31 am #

    I think those have got to be the most succulent pieces of chicken I’ve seen in years. Looks so delicious. Perfect for me who loves chicken and have very little time for cooking. I’m going to make this with potato and carrot hash.

  19. Bill November 21, 2013 at 2:15 pm #

    What’s not to love about garlic, lemon, and chicken. Throw in some tarragon and it’s over the top! I so love everything about this recipe. Keeping this one for grilling season! I’m a huge fan of Brussels sprouts cooked any way. I’ve seen John’s recipes on KR and I’ve got them on my list. Great post, MJ!

  20. Choc Chip Uru November 21, 2013 at 1:52 pm #

    While I can only eat the curried brussel sprouts, both of the dishes look exquisite my friend :D

    Cheers
    CCU

    P.S I seem to have lost around 1000 subscribers on my blog and I don’t know how, so if you were subscribed, could you resubscribe please? it would really help me out!

  21. ChgoJohn November 21, 2013 at 12:36 pm #

    I love the combo of lemon with chicken, MJ, and lately have been experimenting using preserved lemons, too. I’ve not yet tried shaved brussels sprouts but I’ve been tempted by a number of recipes of late, yours with curry being the best so far. You are right about the bacon. Last year, while taking photos in the next room of a still-not-published dish of brussels sprouts with bacon, Max ate all that were left in the serving platter. If bacon can entice a dog to eat sprouts … :)

  22. Asmita November 21, 2013 at 9:58 am #

    Hi MJ,
    Love these little bites. Chicken and lemon pair so well together. Going to try this one.

  23. mj November 21, 2013 at 7:56 am #

    Thanks Sissi! Oh heavens – that comment doesn’t make me angry at all!!! Now that you mention it – you’re right. :) I wonder how this marinade would be with tofu? Hum….As far as the Brussels sprouts are concerned, I found this shaved method quite easy to prep and even easier to cook. Just a little chopping and sauteing. I’ll be trying another one of John’s recipes next week as long as the co-op still has them.

  24. Sissi November 21, 2013 at 4:48 am #

    MJ, I hope it will not make you angry but at first I thought it was tofu! These chicken bits look so light, not burnt, not too dry.. and made me think of tofu (which by the way I like a lot!). Anyway, I wanted to say the chicken looks extremely tempting.
    Shaved Brussels sprouts sound original and delicious! Wonderful idea. I have always liked Brussels sprouts, but must admit they are not easy to cook and are often sold too old (i.e. bitter and tough) so I understand most people hate them.

  25. cooking rookie November 20, 2013 at 11:09 pm #

    Wonderful dinner! I love Brussels sprouts. Just had some baked ones for dinner today. Baking took 40 minutes, your recipe is certainly much quicker. The spice combo is great too.

    • mj November 21, 2013 at 7:52 am #

      Thanks Rookie! I’m getting there with Brussels sprouts. :)

  26. swathi November 20, 2013 at 6:31 pm #

    Delicious lemon chicken bites and curried brussels sprouts Mj. I like brussels sprout always think that they are sister of cabbage.

    • mj November 21, 2013 at 7:51 am #

      Thanks Swathi! I’ve never been part of the Brussels sprouts fan club, but I’m trying and this turned out pretty darn good!

  27. Zsuzsa November 20, 2013 at 10:23 am #

    vermouth… well then this one is for me. :D

    • mj November 21, 2013 at 7:50 am #

      :) :)

  28. john@kitchenriffs November 20, 2013 at 9:47 am #

    Both dishes look terrific! That chicken has a lot of flavor. And I really like what you’ve done with the sprouts! Thanks for the link love, and glad I inspired you to find a Brussels sprouts recipe you like. Love the idea of the curry! I’m going to steal that. ;-)

    • mj November 20, 2013 at 8:47 pm #

      Thanks John and you’re most welcome! this whole shaved Brussels sprout idea really make them quite edible and delicious. I like the texture better as well.

  29. Giulietta | Alterkitchen November 20, 2013 at 7:11 am #

    I’m always looking for easy and tasty chicken recipe, and this seems a right one :)
    Thanks a lot, MJ!
    This time you gave me some ideas for the week menus ;)

    • mj November 20, 2013 at 8:44 pm #

      So glad to here that Giulia! This is definitely an easy and yet tasty chicken recipe. Enjoy!

  30. Bill November 20, 2013 at 5:46 am #

    Unlike you, I do like Brussels sprouts. I just need an excuse to eat some and this may be it.

    I’ve got a jar of lemons in the process of being preserved, so this will be a way to try them out.

    Thanks,

    Bill

    • mj November 20, 2013 at 8:42 pm #

      Thanks Bill! So glad to hear there’s another preserved lemon lover out there! It’s my favorite condiment! Enjoy!

  31. Ramona November 20, 2013 at 5:44 am #

    I think lemon and chicken make very good friends. I love these bites. :) I can imagine the lovely flavors with each bite and the kick of pepper. :) You know how I feel about curried anything… so hand over a big bowl of these brussels! :)

    • mj November 20, 2013 at 8:41 pm #

      Thanks Ramona! I’m with you – I love chicken and lemon, especially preserved lemon!

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