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garlicky chicken with lemon-anchovy sauce

serves 4
by Nancy


  • 1 ¼ pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts, sliced thin
  • 1 teaspoon coarse kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 garlic cloves smashed and peeled
  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 5 anchovy fillets or 1 tbl anchovy paste
  • 2 tablespoons drained capers patted dry
  • 1 large pinch chili flakes
  • 1 lemon halved
  • fresh chopped parsley for serving


  1. season the chicken breasts with salt and pepper and let rest
  2. prepare the anchovy-garlic oil:
  3. mince one of the garlic cloves and set it aside for later.
  4. in a large, skillet over medium-high heat, add the oil.
  5. when the oil is hot, add the 5 smashed whole garlic cloves, the anchovies, capers and chili.
  6. let cook, stirring with a wooden spoon to break up the anchovies, until the garlic browns around the edges and the anchovies dissolve, 3 to 5 minutes.
  7. add the chicken breasts and cook until nicely browned on one side, 5 minutes.
  8. flip and cook another 5 minutes, until the chicken is cooked through.
  9. when chicken is done, transfer to a plate
  10. place skillet back on the heat and add minced garlic and the juice of one lemon half.
  11. cook for about 30 seconds, scraping up the browned bits on the bottom of the pan.
  12. return chicken to the pan and cook it in the sauce for another 15 to 30 seconds.
  13. transfer everything to a serving platter.
  14. squeeze the remaining lemon half over the chicken and garnish with chopped parsley.
  15. serve.