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Saturday, May 3, 2008

Lemon Tree Oh So Pretty...

This is our biggest Lemon crop yet. Four lemons from our Ponderosa Lemon Tree ! Yes it is possible to grow citrus in Pittsburgh. You just need to bring them in during the winter and give them a sunny location, don't overwater, and once it starts to warm up outside they can go back out. We bring them in when nights are below 50 degrees F, especially if they have flowers or new fruit set on them. I used these lemons as a marinade for Coconut-Crusted Chicken. Here is the recipe. It was very tasty.

Coconut Cashew Crusted Chicken

2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 cup shredded coconut (sweetened is ok)
1/2 cup cashews (raw is better)
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
2 limes or 1 large lemon
2 tablespoons of your favorite marinade (i.e. tequila lime, ginger soy)
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/2 cup flour

1. Slice chicken breast into thin flat strips - 3 or 4 per breast
2. Grate the zest from you citrus and set aside. Juice your citrus and add to your marinade mixture. Let the chicken marinate in the for at least 30 minutes.
3. Chop the cashews into small pieces. Combine with the coconut, cilantro and zest in a shallow bowl.
4. Put the flour in a shallow bowl. Mix the egg with 1 tablespoon of water and put this in another shallow bowl.
5. Coat the marinated chicken pieces in flour, then egg, then the coconut mixture.
6. Place in a baking pan. When all pieces are coated, bake at 375 degrees until chicken is cooked.

This is very good served with honey mustard and was also good cold.

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