Lemon Chicken with Shishito Peppers

Shishito, small Japanese peppers, are usually mild, but beware: One in every dozen or so is super spicy!

Total Time:
40 min
10 min
30 min

4 servings

  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 chicken cutlets (about 1 1/2 pounds)
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 8 ounces shishito peppers (about 24)
  • 2 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 2 lemons (1 sliced, 1 juiced)
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 11/4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • 1/4 cup roughly chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 1/2 cups cooked basmati rice
  • Preheat the oven to 200 degrees F. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Working in batches, cook the chicken until browned and cooked through, about 3 minutes per side. Transfer to a rimmed baking sheet; keep warm in the oven.

  • Wipe out the skillet and heat the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil over high heat. Add the shishito peppers and cook, tossing, until browned in spots, 3 minutes. Remove to a plate with a slotted spoon.

  • Add the garlic and lemon slices to the skillet and cook, stirring occasionally, without flipping the lemons, until they start browning, 2 minutes. Flip the lemons and cook until soft and golden, about 1 minute. Season with 1/2 teaspoon salt and a few grinds of pepper.

  • Reduce the heat to medium; add the lemon juice and wine and cook until reduced by half, 3 minutes. Add the broth; cook until slightly reduced, 5 to 6 minutes. Remove from the heat; stir in the butter until the sauce thickens. Add the parsley; season with salt and pepper. Serve the chicken with the shishitos and rice; top with the sauce.

  • Photograph by Ryan Dausch

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