Lemony Chicken

Delicious Lemony Chicken

3 from 48 votes
Recipe by NZ Eggs Course: DinnerCuisine: ItalianDifficulty: Easy


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This dish feels like true luxury as it’s creamy, delicious and richly flavoured. Using eggs to thicken the sauce is a technique used in Italian cuisine and it enriches the dish with plenty of protein. 
Serves 4 for $16


  • 4 pieces chicken (drums and bone-in thighs work well)

  • 2 medium potatoes, washed and chopped into bite sized pieces

  • 1/3 cup flour, seasoned with salt and freshly ground black pepper

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 onion, finely chopped

  • 1 stalk celery, finely sliced

  • 1 leek, finely chopped

  • 1/4 cup dry white wine or stock

  • ½ teaspoon salt & ¼ teaspoon pepper

  • 2 eggs

  • 2 egg yolks

  • juice & zest of 1 lemon

  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped

  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped parsley


  • Dust chicken pieces in flour.
  • Heat the olive oil in a frying pan and gently cook the onion, celery and leek for 12-15 minutes until tender.
  • Add the chicken pieces and potatoes to the pan, increase the heat to medium and cook, turning at times, until golden.
  • Pour in the wine or stock and allow to bubble and reduce. Pour in enough water to half cover the chicken and potatoes, season with salt and pepper and cover and cook for 20-25 minutes or until both chicken and potato are cooked.
  • Whisk the eggs and egg yolks with the lemon juice. Remove the pan from the heat, pour over the egg mixture and stir until the egg coats the chicken and thickens. You may need to return the pan to a very low heat but make sure you keep stirring as otherwise the eggs can scramble.
  • Serve the chicken from the pan, topped with lemon zest.


  • BUDGET SAVING TIPS: Use bone-in, skin-on chicken cuts like drums or thighs as they present the best value and taste better.
  • Only use leeks and celery when they’re in season, otherwise use a second onion in their place. 
  • Keep an eye out for laden neighbourhood lemon trees – most people are only too happy to share their excess citrus when in season.
  • Save the vegetable water from boiled peas or potatoes, freeze and then use as stock for dishes, like this one.
  • This recipe includes eggs which are packed full of natural protein and essential nutrients for everyday health and wellness.

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