Friday, April 9, 2021

Lemon Herb Chicken from @EdithMaxwell #giveaway

MADDIE here, writing as my alter-ego Edith Maxwell.

A Changing Light
, my seventh Quaker Midwife Mystery, releases next week, and I am delighted! Set in 1890, the world around midwife Rose Carroll Dodge is changing, and so is her personal life. 

One evening she and David, her husband of sixth months, decide to dine out at the Grand Hotel atop Whittier Hill. Rose wears her new dress and enjoys a meal of lemon-herb chicken cutlets, asparagus, and mashed potatoes.

In honor of that scene, I bring you the same menu! You'll have to figure out how to steam asparagus and make mashed potatoes using the recipe of your choice.

Lemon Herb Chicken Cutlets

Note - salt, pepper, and rosemary not shown


1 pound chicken tenders

1 tablespoon flour

1/4 teaspoon dried basil

1/4 teaspoon dried thyme

Salt and pepper

1 Tablespoon olive oil

2 Tablespoons butter divided

1 1/2 Tablespoons lemon juice about ½ a lemon

1/2 cup chicken broth

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 teaspoon fresh rosemary, minced


Arrange chicken cutlets in a single layer on a plate. Combine flour, basil and thyme in a small bowl.

Sprinkle half of the flour mixture over the chicken, pressing the flour into the chicken. Turn over and sprinkle the rest over the other sides, pressing and turning until all the chicken is covered.

Swirl olive oil in a large skillet (I used cast iron) over medium-high heat.

Add 1 tablespoon butter to the pan and melt.

Add chicken to pan and cook about 5-6 minutes on each side or until the outside is browned and the inside is no longer pink.

Remove chicken to a serving platter and keep warm.

Reduce heat and melt remaining butter in the pan.

Add chicken broth, lemon juice and garlic to the pan and stir to combine, scraping up brown bits.

Bring mixture to a boil and continue to boil until sauce has thickened slightly or about 3-4 minutes.

Spoon lemon garlic mixture over chicken and serve hot.

Readers: I'll send one of you an ebook of any of the first six Quaker Midwife Mysteries - your choice! What was the best hotel meal you ever ate?

My most recent book is the wide release of Murder at the Taffy Shop, the second Cozy Capers Book Group Mystery, now out in ebook and audio and available in paperback wherever books are sold!

After that, my alter-ego has A Changing Light, our seventh Quaker Midwife Mystery releasing on April 13! It's up for pre-order, and if you want a signed copy endorsed to you, please order from my local indy bookstore, Jabberwocky Books.

We hope you'll visit Edith and Maddie on our web site, sign up for our monthly newsletter, visit us on social media, and check our all our books and short stories.

Maddie Day (aka Edith Maxwell) is a talented amateur chef and holds a PhD in Linguistics from Indiana University. An Agatha Award-winning and bestselling author, she is a member of Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America and also writes award-winning short crime fiction. She lives with her beau north of Boston, where she’s currently working on her next mystery when she isn’t cooking up something delectable in the kitchen.


  1. Congratulations on the upcoming release! I know it will be received fabulously because your reputation for fabulous books is well known. <3

    Thank you for the Lemon Herb Chicken Cutlets recipe which sounds delicious and one I will be trying.

    Can't wait for the opportunity to read "A Changing Light". Love all your books and the Quaker Midwife Mystery series in no exception. Love Rose's attitude and how amazing she is in all she comes up against.

    Honestly can't think of a hotel meal that stands out. Most times we don't eat at the hotel, but rather seek out a local establishment to get some local flavor. Of those the one that comes to mind first was a little Mom and Pop restaurant in Maine that we found. We were on an extended trip to the New England states and honestly had had our fill of cod after 3 weeks. So to find a good southern cooked meal that gave us a little bit of home was fabulous. Nothing beats home cooking. It refreshed our taste buds and we were ready to take on more seafood and fresh cod - both of which are in small supply back here in the Ozarks.
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

  2. Welcome and thank you for sharing the recipe. I like to bake my asparagus. I tend to forget it when I steam it and it becomes mushy. Wrinkle nose. I would love to start with the first book in the series
    quilting dash lady at comcast dot net

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  4. My best hotel meal was at the Penn Hotel in Pittsburgh. The most perfect filet mignon ever. lindalou64(@)live (dot)com

    1. Linda, Random picked you as our winner! Congratulations, and please check your email.

  5. It's funny. Ask me my phone number and I'm likely to have my mind go blank.
    Ask me about a meal in a hotel and, bingo, blank mind strikes again!
    This looks like a wonderfully simple and flavorful meal.
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

  6. I had to think about this question a bit. The Claremont Hotel in Berkeley, CA used to have the best brunches. I'm not sure if that's still true because I have moved out of the Bay Area. Cruise meals qualify as hotel meals, right? Floating hotels, of course. Royal Caribbean offers escargot, surf and turf, and other delights. Maybe not top cuisine, but certainly plentiful--you can have as much as you like. mbunting at sbcglobal dot net.

  7. The lemon chicken recipe looks very doable! The Hotel Galvez in Galveston is famous for its Sunday brunch. We went for our anniversary a few short years ago and it was fabulous. Mountains of fresh seafood plus all the usual things in a fancy brunch. An entire separate section loaded with desserts.

  8. The best was in Los Angeles! It was a hamburger and fries!

  9. Harbor View on St.Thomas,Virgin Islands. Perched on top of a hill overlooking the spectacular view of the water and Charlotte Amalie, run by 2 charming American women. The experiences began with cocktails on the veranda, with a personable piano player as we sat on couches or large comfy chairs, then went into dine in one of the 2 small restaurant rooms, open to the sea breezes. Food was fabulous and not too pricey; Continental/seafood, leaning towards Italian & French, with wonderful service, & my favorite dessert was the Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie! After the scrumptious meal we were back on the veranda for after-dinner drinks/coffee, and the ladies joined us with lively, entertaining songs & conversation and laughter around the piano. We never stayed in the hotel itself, but always ate there on every trip, and met so many wonderful people!

  10. Thanks for your comments, everybody! Random picked Linda Semler as our winner. Congratulations, Linda, and please check your email.