Sticky Lemon Lunchbox Chicken

Once again I've been away from my blog & cooking.  This time, I have a reason - I don't have an oven or fridge yet!

No time to chat, in fact I've no time for anything at the moment.  My life is a swirl of documents, furniture, dimensions, paint colours, and masking tape.  I've hardly any time for cooking either.  Only very basic meals that can be eaten on the go.  I don't have brain space for cooking ideas, my whole brain is working on basic function right now as we tackle the stresses of decorating & sorting our first house.

So this Lunchbox chicken is perfect, it gets better as it goes on as the flavours come out overnight.  This makes it perfect for making the night before, and it hardly takes any time to prep or cook.

Since most of our time is spent at our house without any means of cooking food, this chicken is perfect.  I can just boil up some brown rice or cous cous to go with it before we get there and quickly eat it in between coats of paint.  All can be enjoyed cold, and it means not resulting to the takeaway menus/corner shops around our area.  (which we've done upon occasion)

This is best left marinating for a little while as well.  Though it's not a necessity to make it taste nice.  Also, you don't have to eat it cold, it can be enjoyed straight after cooking as well.  For the vegetarians (though I doubt you guys have read this far)  This works very well with tofu/quorn fillets.  I've tried, and whilst it sometimes takes in a little too much lemon and not enough of the sticky, it's still pretty good!

2 large chicken breasts, sliced into thin fillets.
2 unwaxed lemons
3 tablespoons honey.
1 tablespoon apple juice
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 teaspoon fresh finely chopped coriander.
1 teaspoon dried chili flakes
2 teaspoons fresh finely chopped thyme
2 teaspoons ground cumin
3 teaspoons ground black pepper
pinch of sea salt

Grate the zest of one lemon, and squeeze the juice of both lemons into a bowl.  Add in the vinegar, apple juice & honey and continue to stir.  Next, whisk in all the herbs/seasonings & the olive oil into the mixture until everything is evenly mixed.

Take the chicken breasts and score them gently with a sharp knife.  Stab each breast a few times with a fork for good measure.  Pop them into the bowl with the marinade, cover and pop in the fridge for about 2-3 hours.  Or overnight if you fancy a strong one.

Using a frying pan, or a cast iron grill plate, cook the fillets for roughly 15-20 minutes until it starts to blacken like so & the meat is cooked through:

Then serve!  Or store in an airtight container ready for your paint splattered hands to get a hold on!

Now a wee house update.  I may not have much time for cooking, but I do have one lovely freshly painted Kitchen.  This fab red, which dries a lot darker is now all over my walls (and on pretty much everything else)  so we're one step closer to moving in actual appliances.  We bought our cooker yesterday and I'm already in love with it

We also took our dog Genna to have a look round the place, so she could have a sniff and get used to it.  I was a little nervous because she's only ever lived at home with me.  (I've had her since I was 13)  

I shouldn't of worried.  She loved it.  In fact, she spent a good 15 minutes constantly jumping up onto the window sill to guard the place and wipe her nose all over the glass.

Then she ran in between all the rooms, sniffing and rolling on all the new carpets.

Then she'd run back into the living room to look out the window again.

This is our beautiful original tiled floor too =]   With a little hit of the new The Darkness album, it's been our soundtrack to the move.

Finally, here's the update on the kitchen, excuse the mess, we're just touching up:

I'll be back up and running as soon as I have a working kitchen.


  1. Moving into a new home is so exciting. I love the red. I also love the marinade for your chicken! It looks so sticky and delish!

    1. Thanks Ellen, it's our first home so it's even more exciting!

  2. Lovely looking chicken! I'm really digging the color of your kitchen - its so awesome. Hope everything with the move goes well!

    1. Thanks =] I was watching some old movies the other day and realised it looks like a 50's diner!

  3. This looks like the best chicken ever and how did you ever find time to paint and make a fab dish oh and post it?? The paint looks perfect that is my fav color! You know what they say about red too? It makes you hungry! Perfect for a kitchen~!

    1. I didn't know that, that's awesome! Thank you, that's so kind of you =D

  4. Gorgeous red kitchen Emma! And I like that this tastes even better the day after because I love leftovers! :)

  5. Your kitchen looks fantastic and so vibrant :D
    Beautiful chicken recipe as well, my brother would be more than happy if this was in his lunchbox!

    Choc Chip Uru

  6. How did you manage paint the kitchen, cook and blog? You are a super woman!

  7. This looks absolutely delicious! I'm a new follower and think your blog is super cute!

    Another fellow blogger nominated me for the Liebster Blog Awards, and I thought it was a cute way of passing good karma on to other bloggers, as well as find new blog to read and new blog readers for you! I hope you find it cute too!

    Check it out at my lastest post on:

    -Hannah :D

  8. I've nominated you for the "Liebster Award"! Check it out, and thanks for having a great blog :)
    Your new follower...Meriem

  9. Oh how exciting for you! I love the name lunchbox chicken, sounds great.

  10. Cute! Looks amazing as does the chicken :)

  11. Good luck with the move - I love the colour of the kitchen! An army marches on its stomach and it is so good to have a proper meal when all is chaos around you. Love this chicken dish - lemon juice and vinegar work magic by themselves and you've kicked it up a notch will all the other layers of flavour.


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