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Lemon Chicken with Basil

No matter when I eat it, this tangy slow-cooked chicken reminds me of summer meals with friends and family. —Deborah Posey, Virginia Beach, Virginia
  • Total Time
    Prep: 5 min. Cook: 3 hours
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (6 ounces each)
  • 2 medium lemons
  • 1 bunch fresh basil leaves (3/4 ounce)
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • Additional grated lemon zest and chopped basil, optional


  • Place chicken breasts in a 3-qt. slow cooker. Finely grate enough zest from lemons to measure 4 teaspoons. Cut lemons in half; squeeze juice. Add zest and juice to slow cooker.
  • Tear basil leaves directly into slow cooker. Add chicken stock. Cook, covered, on low until meat is tender, 3-4 hours. When cool enough to handle, shred meat with 2 forks. If desired, stir in additional lemon zest and chopped basil.

Test Kitchen Tip
  • For a sweet and savory treat, layer chicken, butter lettuce leaves and apple slices on toasted raisin bread.
  • Nutrition Facts
    1 chicken breast half: 200 calories, 4g fat (1g saturated fat), 94mg cholesterol, 337mg sodium, 3g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 0 fiber), 37g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 5 lean meat.

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    • muffbear74
      Dec 22, 2017

      Definite lemon flavor. Didn’t taste the basil as much. Served it over brown rice.