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italian lemon chicken [recipe]

When I visited Italy last fall for a culinary adventure, we ate so many amazing dishes--I wanted to pack them all up into my suitcase. One of my absolute favorites on all of my trips there are the dishes that incorporate lemon. Imagine my excitement when I stumbled upon this chicken recipe, that creates a rich melt-in-your-mouth sauce. With a few tweaks, I've made it my own.

This recipe is not clean, but the key to any Italian recipe is using fresh, simple ingredients for a knock-your-socks-off type of flavor.

I promise, everyone you serve it to will want it to become a staple in their diets. I served it to guests last night and ALL OF IT WAS GONE. I thought I had made more than enough for lunch today for both Dane and myself...nope. So there you have it, proof this 'ish is delish.

You Will Need:
4 chicken breasts, sliced in half to create 8 thin cutlets
2 eggs
gluten free panko crumbs (I like Ian's and used around 2 cups)
olive oil (to coat the bottom of your pan)
1/2 cup onions, diced
2 gloves of minced garlic
1 tablespoon butter
1.5 cups chicken broth
the juice from 1.5 lemons (grab Sorrento lemons from the store if they've got them!)
ground black pepper, salt, fresh parsley (for seasoning)

1. Pour the panko crumbs onto a plate. Crack and beat the eggs in a separate bowl.
2. Take the chicken cutlets and dip them into the egg, then into the panko crumbs. Set aside.
3. Pour your olive oil into a skillet and warm to medium heat.
4. Brown your chicken cutlets in the oil on both sides.

5. When you've finished browning your all your chicken cutlets, set aside.
6. In the same pan you used for the chicken, toss in your butter, onions and garlic and turn to low heat for about 3 minutes.
7. Place the chicken back into the skillet.
8. Pour the chicken broth, wine and lemon on top. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and parsley.
9. Cover and let simmer on low for about 1.5-2 hours.

I think this dish would be amazing over angel hair pasta, but I served it alongside some fresh potato salad and it was equally delicious. For a more on-the-go treat, place a cutlet on a baguette with some fresh mozzarella...MANGIA!

I need to practice taking selfies

let's get one thing straight..I'm getting married in 26 days #holyshit (that reminds me, I must go obsessively check our registries...)

Our weekend was pretty relaxed and I am oh-so-grateful for that. We spent a lot of time relaxing at home, running last minute errands and enjoying quality beach time.

Friday we went out to dinner with some friends and you know those days where you are having an exceptionally good hair day? well I was, so it obviously needed documented. 17...yes...17 selfie attempts later, I finally got one worth posting. It really makes me wonder how often it takes perfect selfie takers to get one they like (eeek!) Everyone--tell me your secrets.

we enjoyed an amazing Italian feast with our Hawaii "family"
please just disregard my awkward leg pose...I don't know what I was doing
Saturday I woke up early to take Judy to the dog beach and Dane went golfing. I'd love to sit here and tell you that my dog was a perfect angel, except she was the total opposite. She refused to chase her water toy, kept gnawing at her leash (leashes only here in Hawaii) and pulled me to my knees into the sand. When I finally got her back in the car, I was adamant about finding her a harness, so we stopped at Petco on the way home. My devil lovely and beautiful dog slipped her collar, ran like a wild dingo around Petco and circled the bird cages until finally an employee caught her. Yes, we really enjoy our weekends around here and no, we did not get the harness.

Feeling really awful about her shenanigans..not
Sunday was filled with early morning snorkeling and relaxing around the house.

sorry the spacing here is incredibly awkward, but the panoramic photo makes up for it, right? Thanks Blogger
Dane and I made it to the store to get the wild dingo Judy her harness and so far, so good! I'll have to keep everyone updated, but I would HIGHLY recommend one for large breed dogs who are strong or prone to pulling.

How was your weekend? 

this week, what I'm loving & merry christmas in july

man, for as many times this week as I stopped and said "what day is it again..?", I kind of feel like it flew by. here we are and it's friday.
This week via Instagram, we had a naughty puppy
One day she will learn to stay off the countertops, but probably not anytime soon when this is the kind of food up there just taunting her...

And mid-week, Dane and I celebrated exactly ONE MONTH until our wedding. We're not panicking. In fact, we've got a little bit of the "at this point, whatever happens, happens" mentality going. It's a nice break from the "OMG! LET ME BREAK MY BACK TRYING TO MAKING EVERYTHING PERFECT" mentality.
And in the spirit of trying to end the week on a high note, I actually dressed myself in real clothes on Thursday and went about my day. It was a very weird feeling, but I really felt like I had my shit together which should count for something, right?
I'd be remiss not to mention a couple of the things I'm loving this week around blog land, right? #sharethelove

Sarah's post on becoming sugar free speaks to my heart (and my waistline) and I'm totally lusting over this bag from Shanna's post.

How was your week? What are you loving...besides the fact that it's FRIDAY and today marks christmas in July?
(and yes if you're wondering, I've already started listening to christmas music. c'mon now!)