A Ninja in a Shopping Bag

When I asked Liam what he was going to be for Halloween this year he proudly pronounced “a Fairway bag!” Clearly I have been dragging this child grocery shopping too much. Not that it is a bad thing; I think it’s important our kids have a vote in some of the food we buy.

I admit, I also love all the free samples we get when I drag them with me. The people working the deli counters are always handing us slices of something. At some stores we get more elaborate fare from the prepared food section, shrimp, and chicken, whatever they see the boys point at. Matthew’s favorite is the lox counter. Liam and Dylan are more cheese guys. I usually plan to take them around noon and by the time we have reached the register lunch is done – and no dishes to wash!

This week I am cooking a dish we recently tried from the prepared food section, lemon chicken. The store version got mixed reviews; let’s see if they like my version.

Lemon Chicken


1 lb. boneless chicken breast

1 1/2 Tbsp all-purpose flour

1/2 tsp salt, divided

1/2 tsp black pepper, divided

1 1/2 Tbsp olive oil

1-cup chicken broth

1/2 lemon, cut into thin slices

1 Tbsp butter

1 Tbsp capers, drained

1 Tbsp dried parsley



Cut the chicken breasts into small bite size pieces, season with the salt and pepper. Put the flour in a large mixing bowl and season it with the remaining salt and pepper. Toss in the chicken and coat with the flour, shaking off any excess.


Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large skillet. Add the chicken to the skillet and cook about 2-3 minutes per side until cooked through. Remove from skillet, cover with foil and set aside.


Add the chicken broth, butter and lemon slices to the skillet. Scrape up any brown bits from the bottom of the pan. Heat on medium-high heat for about 5-6 minutes until sauce is slightly reduced and lemony. Add in the capers and parsley, cook for another minute.


Pour sauce over chicken and serve.


And the VERDICT is:

Matthew (age 6): “The chicken tastes so lemony! Good job Mommy”

Liam (age 4): “Thumbs up – can I eat it all?”

Dylan (age 4): “I really like those little pickely things”

Move over Fairway, our lemon chicken got rave reviews!

BTW, as of press time of this post, Liam had bowed to peer pressure and decided to go trick or treating as a ninja instead of his original plan.

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8 thoughts on “A Ninja in a Shopping Bag

  1. That looks like a very easy and good tasting recipe…easier than the lemon chicken ones I have. I may try yours instead. As a Ninja is he green like the turtle or black like dart vader? I miss having little ones around for Halloween. My favorite Halloween kid (friend’s son) is now 23! We used to go to his Halloween school parade and of course trick or treating with him (that was Bill’s favorite).
    Enjoy the food and the festivities.

    Love, Judy and Bill

    • Try mine and let me know what you think – it was very easy and quick – two things I love about a recipe-
      Liam is a white ninja, Dylan a hockey player, and Matthew a scary scream face. We love Halloween too but I will be glad when it is over because it has been going on for about a month now!
      Have fun tomorrow! Hope you get some little ones knocking at your door!

  2. This sounds like a tasty way to prepare chicken. Lemon works so well with it. I though it cute that Liam wanted to go as a Fairway bag. Then I saw him in the costume and cracked up. I cannot speak for others but if a child comes to my door in an off-the-wall costume, I’ll give him/her candy by the fistful, laughing all the while.

    • When I tell Liam about the potential extra candy for an off-the-wall costume, maybe he will reconsider. And as for the lemon chicken, it was very tasty, next time I have to double the recipe because they ate a almost the full pound of chicken between the three of them and left hardly any for Brian and I!

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