It’s been a while since I could get out and do a recipe! It feels good to be back behind the camera and this Preserved Lemon Chicken recipe was an A+. We were given a can of preserved lemons for Christmas. As many of you know, we do a lot of canning, and this was a very nice gift (thanks uncle D and aunt M)! If you are interested in canning and growing your own food this summer, please check out our “2016 Grow Your Own Challenge” on our gardening page. Soon, we will be launching this new series and want you to grow your own produce along with us. I promise you, we will be making these preserved lemons – so watch for it.
This is a new favorite recipe of mine. We will be making it a lot more in the future, so I apologize for all of the live streams and snaps about it over the next months.
- Noodles (any kind you prefer is fine)
- Preserved Lemons (or substitute fresh if you don’t have any)
- Olive Oil
- Lemon Rind
- Alfredo Sauce (we used a homemade lemon alfredo)
- To start, we took our preserved lemons and placed them in a blender to nearly liquify them and simultaneously started a pot of boiling water for the noodles.
- Then, use just enough oil to cover the bottom of a pan. Turn the heat to medium high.
- Cut the chicken into serving size chunks and pat dry with a paper towel. Then place in the pan. Drying the chicken will help the chicken brown in the oil.
- After the chicken cooks for 10-15 minutes, it will begin to brown and the cook through. Flip the chicken to brown and cook the other side.
- Right after turning the chicken, scoop in enough of the preserved lemons to cover the spaces between the chicken.
- While the chicken is cooking, boil your noodles
- When the noodles and the chicken are done, plate as shown with the Alfredo sauce, parsley, and lemon rind.
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Welcome to my messy kitchen! This is pretty much what it looks like all the time. You can see we have the lights set up to record the video on the stove here. I get asked how long a blog post takes to put together all the time. So let’s just take a quick look:
Set up: 15 minutes
Then, we set up a tripod with a Canon 70D, and my Tamron lens. The lights like this, get rid of most of our shadows and provide plenty of light even in the evening.
Cooking, filming, and photographing: 1 hour 30 minutes.
Then, you always need a picture of yourself holding a knife. This was me prepping the chicken before we fried it up.
When the food is done, you don’t need much space to take your final picture.
Then the nerdy stuff begins …
First, I edit the video. That takes about 1 hour if all goes well. After the video is made, I send it to compressor and then up to YouTube, where it lives forever and makes me ad money.
Then, I clean up the images in lightroom. That takes about 20 minutes for me because I am a lightroom ninja. The images are EVERYTHING. That is what people see and share so it is very important to have excellent images.
By the way, if you ever want to know what the difference between an iPhone picture and what a SLR cleaned up in lightroom looks like, here you go. Guess which one is the iphone … yuk.
Finally, I write the post, get it proofread by my smoking hot wife (see I put that in there because I knew she would read it) and then publish it. That takes about another 1 hour and 30 minutes.
In all, the time it takes to do one blog post (if everything goes well) is about 4 hours and 35 minutes. That doesn’t include shopping, planning, or the recipe development. (compared to blogging via live stream which takes 30 minutes total)
Well there you have it. A great recipe and a quick look at what really goes on at the blog. Please let us know what you thought below and we look forward seeing you on Twitter, Periscope and Snapchat!