Adventures in Healthier Eating with 2 Kids and a Picky Husband

Lemon Sage Chicken Packs

4 WWPP Posted by 9 years ago 23 Comments

I’m a day late with this recipe. I made it yesterday while home alone. Yes, alone. I’m not sure what came over me. Home alone, bored, and looking to experiment.

I was inspired by two things. First I was reading about how to cook chicken in parchment and how moist it comes out. I never cooked chicken that way before is it sounded like a fun approach. So, why not? :~)

The SageThe second was my garden. I planted some herbs a few weeks ago and I’m getting overtaken by sage! Look at it! If anyone has ANY ideas for sage uses, I’m all ears! I planted it to experiment so stay tuned with for sage recipes in the future. I also have fresh basil, thyme and mint and I’m planning on a cilantro plant if I can find one.

As for taste testers, the toddler devoured leftovers of the chicken tonight for dinner. Then again, he did dip it in ketchup so I’m not too sure how much he appreciated the flavor. ;~PLemon Sage Chicken Packs

  • 2 large chicken boneless breast (about 8oz each)
  • 1 lemon
  • about 25 sage leaves
  • about 2-3 sprigs of thyme
  • 1 small zucchini diced
  • 1 small red pepper diced
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • Kosher Salt & Pepper

preheat the oven to 425 degrees.

Cut the chicken breasts in half, so you have 4 smaller fillets.

Take the peel off the lemon and mince it with the sage and thyme leaves. Toss the mixture with the diced zucchinis, diced pepper, vinegar and a pinch of salt & pepper.

Lemon Sage Chicken Packs prep 1

Slice the lemon.

Lay a piece of parchment paper down and stack up the “pack”. Start with 2 slices of lemon, the a few sage leaves, 1 chicken breast, season with salt & pepper, then top with ¼ of the zucchini pepper mixture. Seal the packet and place on a cookie sheet. Repeat for remaining breasts.

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Bake for 20 minutes until chicken is done.

Approx Nutritional Information per serving
Servings Amt per Serving
1 Entire recipe
Calories Fat Fiber WWPs
149 3g 2g old: 3 new: 4
Sugar Sat Fat Carbs Protein
2g 1g 5g 27g

See other recipes using: chicken, lemon, peppers, sage, zucchini

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    June 22, 2008

    Sounds yummy! This would be good with fish too!


    June 22, 2008

    That looks great! We also have sage in our garden, and I use it a lot when we roast red potatoes. I like to make a bunch every other week or so, I chop them up, boil them, then roast in the oven with fresh sage (chopped), a little rosemary, dried chives, salt and pepper. We use them up during the week as a quick side dish or as breakfast potatoes on the weekend! It's also good with zuchinni or spaghetti squash (even though that's out of season).


    June 22, 2008

    I love chicken in a packet! At a cooking class once we put honey mustard with it and some veggies. It turned out really well. Personally, I love sage with butternut squash, though it's not really the season for it. I've made a sage pesto before with pecans that was really good over salmon that I then baked.


    June 22, 2008

    This has nothing to do with EATING sage... ;) But I like to hang and dry it and tie into bundles for burning (think incense). It smells SOOOO good. I think it's also called "smudging" sage and it's suppose to cleanse your energy field of negativity and depression. Maybe it will also ward off the late night munchies? hahaha.


    June 22, 2008 Here this talks about burning sage... ^^^


    June 23, 2008

    Did you just fold the parchment packets over and tuck under the stack to "seal" or did you actually use something to seal it? It looks so delicious and I can already smell the fresh herbs. I planted an herb garden this year too. (Basil, parsley, sage, cilantro) I just love to smell the plants when I'm poking around in the flower garden! I easily found a clintro plant but can't find mint! Wanna swap? LOL


    June 23, 2008

    Hey Roni, I also love to grow my own herbs in the summer. Yours look great!! Just wanted you to be aware that cilantro is very hard to grow. My husband is from Guatemala and we love cilantro. After killing many many cilantro plants I did some research. They have a very short life and grow best in cool climates. Just so you know, you're best bet is to stick with the herbs you are already growing.


    June 23, 2008

    I also have sage in my garden, and its HUGE! We have such mild winter's here in Houston that it has made it through 2 now, so it is absolutely gigantic! Not the healthiest option, but its really good with in the butter/garlic mixture for garlic bread. I also make it often with roasted potatoes - yukon golds, salt, sage and some EVOO in the oven. Delicious!


    June 23, 2008

    Thanks for the ideas!! And as for the wrapping... I just folded them up like I would have if it were aluminum foil. Nothing special. And a herb swap - I LOVE it! ;~P


    June 23, 2008

    Do you have an easy print format on your web page? I have looked but did not see one. Thanks!


    June 24, 2008

    Sage is really yummy on pork. Not that this information is revolutionary, just a suggestion.


    July 2, 2008

    Hey! I tried this yesterday evening. My boyfriend and I absolutely loved it. The chicken was super moist. I mixed up the zucchini mixture and placed it in the fridge while I went out to play tennis. It worked out well because I didn't have to cut everything up when I returned home. Very delicious!!


    August 21, 2008

    OMG I am so glad you posted this recipe...I planted a garden (both veggie and herb) this year and I can't find any recipe that requires fresh sage...unless its stuffing and that isn't really diet friendly hahaha. Thanks again!!


    August 22, 2008

    LOL that's what I said after I tried to figure out what to do with my sage! It sounds like a good idea and then when you have it your like what do I do with it NOW? LOL Glad to help!


    December 8, 2008

    Roni, my 16 year old son made the lemon sage chicken packs for us this weekend (I just found your web site last Thursday). They were DELICIOUS!! My son said that your receipe is easy to follow and very healthy. I love your web site and the pictures look fantastic. We are BIG fans. I kept saying I love that lady. I was looking for healthy food to cook and I hit the jackpot when I found your web site!! Next, we're making the asian inspired turkey orzo lettuce wraps and mini shrimp rolls. I bought all the ingredients last Thursday when I found your web site. YUMMY!!!


    July 30, 2010

    Cooked this recipe for my bf tonite & it turned out terrible because the lemon was SO overwhelming! =( I recommend not cooking this with the lemon slice on the bottom. It will ruin the chicken and even the veggies. The finished product looks beautiful but it is not tasty at all. Don't waste your time or money on this one. The parchment paper is a super idea, but this is the wrong recipe combination for this method.


    July 31, 2010

    lili - Sorry you didn't like it. Some us like the lemon. :)