Chicken and Bell Peppers Simmer with Preserved Lemons & Dried Parsley

Chicken and Bell Peppers Simmer with Preserved Lemons & Dried Parsley

A light, refreshing chicken dish made with homemade preserved lemons in just one frying pan.

Ingredients: 3-4 servings

Chicken (any cut you like)
2 pieces
├ Sake
1 tablespoon
├ Chicken stock granules
1 teaspoon
└ Pepper
to taste
Preserved Lemons Recipe ID: 2548106
3-4 slices
Plain white flour
2 to 3 tablespoons
Red bell pepper
Yellow bell pepper
Consommé stock granules
as needed
Honey (or sugar)
1 teaspoon
White wine (or sake)
50 ml
Parsley (minced)
as needed
Olive oil
1/2 tablespoon


1. Remove the excess fat from chicken, cut in half and season in sake, soup stock granules, and pepper.
2. Slice the onion and bell peppers. Crush the garlic.
3. Pat dry the chicken with paper towels and coat thinly with flour. Heat the olive oil in a frying pan and start cooking the chicken skin-side down.
4. Cover with a lid or foil and steam fry the chicken over medium heat. Cook it until it's about 80% done, being careful not to let it burn.
5. When the skin of the chicken is crisp and golden brown, turn it over and put in the onion, bell peppers, garlic and salted lemons in the spaces between the meat.
6. Pour in the wine and water, then add the honey. Cook it uncovered to reduce the sauce. It tends to burn easily as the sauce thickens, so adjust the heat as needed.
7. Homemade Preserved Lemons Recipe ID: 2548106.
8. Adjust the seasonings. Add soup stock granules if it needs more salt. Turn off the heat while there is some sauce left in the pan.
9. Transfer to a serving dish, top with the sauce and sprinkle with chopped parsley. This time I used the dried parsley.
10. Leftover parsley can be dried, and it retains its vibrant green color. Tear the leaves off the stems of parsley after it's been washed.
11. Dry it well, then spread it out on a large plate. Microwave for 2 minutes, stir it up, and microwave for 1 more minute. After that, dry microwaving it for a few seconds at a time.
12. The inside of the microwave will be full of steam. If you wipe the moisture off, the parsley will dry quickly. Be careful not to let it burn, and crush with your hands when it's dried.

Story Behind this Recipe

I use salted lemons I keep on hand for flavoring. The taste of the dish varies depending on how long the lemons have been preserved, so adjust the seasoning before serving. The lemons become soft as they age and tend to fall apart if you stir them too hard. Remove the lemons before serving.