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Lemon Zest, Rosemary and Lavender Chicken Breasts

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Serve this simple chicken breast recipe to someone special. Although the recipe couldn't be easier, the complex flavors of herbs and citrus-y spark of lemon zest will make it taste like you slaved all day.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Cooking Style Broiling
Diet and Health gluten-free, low carb, low fat
Ingredient chicken, lavender
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 24 mins
Total Time 29 mins
Servings 4 servings
Author Diane Brown


  • 2 10- oz bone-in skin on, chicken breast halves
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp minced fresh rosemary
  • 1 tbsp minced fresh lavender
  • 1 clove minced garlic
  • 1 tsp grated lemon zest
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp extra-virgin olive oil


  • Combine rosemary, lavender, garlic, and lemon zest in a small bowl.
  • Combine lemon juice and olive oil in a second small bowl.
  • Spread a portion of the dry rub under the loosened skin of the chicken breast, and make three slashes in the skin. Brush skin with lemon juice and olive oil mixture.
  • Heat broiler and adjust oven rack to lowest position under broiler flame.
  • Place chicken breasts skin side down on the broiler rack.
  • Broil chicken on bottom rack until just beginning to brown, about 12 minutes.
  • Using tongs, turn chicken skin side up and continue to broil for 10 more minutes.
  • Place broiler pan on highest rack setting until skin begins to brown and crisp, about one minute.
  • Remove the chicken from the heat and let it rest for a few minutes before cutting and serving.