I was recently invited to participate in the Tastes from Home with Frito-Lay Recipe Contest where I was asked to create an original recipe inspired by either Frito-Lay Regional Flavors or a dish that reminds me of my region and/or home. Being born and raised in the deep south it’s really not too difficult to find inspiration in local flavors, the big problem was how to decide on just one of the many ideas that kept popping up in my mind! How about Pecan Crusted Catfish, or Cajun Shrimp and Cheese Grits, or Blackened Tilapia? The weight of the decision grew until I thought I’d spent almost as long deciding on the names of my children.
Once I began to feel that it would be pretty presumptuous of me to try to “improve” on any of these traditional recipes I realized that the basis of many good southern dishes is fresh herbs and seasonings and a cast iron skillet, so I decided to start there and get creative. Using a few simple ingredients that I had on hand, including lemons and parsley from the farmers market, I created this zesty Lemon Tarragon Chicken. The trick is to use a pre-heated cast iron skillet so the chicken cooks up fast, keeping it tender and juicy on the inside while it sears in the flavors on the outside.
- 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- ½ teaspoon dried tarragon
- 2 tablespoons minced parsley
- 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- Pepper to taste
- Place the chicken breasts between waxed paper or plastic wrap and pound until thin with a kitchen mallet then place in a sealable plastic bag.
- Combine all remaining ingredients in a small bowl and mix well. Pour over chicken in bag, seal and shake to cover all of the pieces. Marinate in the refrigerator for at least one hour.
- Heat an ungreased cast iron skillet over medium heat for five minutes. Cook the chicken breasts for three minutes on each side.
Since I have five young children (5-year-old BBGG quadruplets and a 7-year-old son) I cut the chicken breasts in half after pounding them so that we ended up with 8 smaller servings. The meal was a hit with everyone, and it’s rare that we can please all the kids at one time so that makes it a home run in my book! Please let me know what you think of this fast and easy dish!
If you haven’t tried the Lay’s regional flavor varieties yet, you might like to check out the ones that remind you most of home. Choose the ones below from your region, or whichever ones sound best to you! My favorite is the Tangy Carolina BBQ variety, but hubby prefers the Chipotle Ranch. Let us know in the comments below which is your favorite, or which one you’d most like to try and you could win a variety pack of Lay’s Regional Flavors potato chips. These chips were inspired by popular American regional cuisine and include:
- Balsamic Sweet Onion
- Chipotle Ranch
- Tangy Carolina BBQ
- Garden Tomato & Basil
- Honey Mustard
- Creamy Garden Ranch
- Cajun Herb & Spice
Disclosure – Frito-Lay has provided the prize package for one lucky reader and this post is a form of entry in the Tastes from Home with Frito-Lay Recipe Contest. I have received no compensation for this post and all thoughts and comments are my own.