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Home made Limoncello & a recipe using it: Marinated limoncello chicken with rice & limoncello courgettes

on 01/10/2009

A yummy home-made limoncello! Great as food gifts!

A tasty limoncello inspired meal


preparing the ingredients

the vodka & the zested lemon strips

Shake it, baby!

Making the syrup

Ready to enjoy!

Recently, I made my first home-made limoncello.
I love Limoncello. Limoncello is easy to make.

What is Limoncello?

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Recipe: For 1 vodka bottle & 1/2 pot of limoncello= 750 ml + 350 ml= 1100 ml!!!
Ingredients:
5 organic lemons, skin not treated with chemicals. I buy mine in my Bio food health shop.
400 gr of fine white castor sugar
500 ml of water
500 ml of unflavored alcohol. I chose gluten-free Vodka von Smirnoff.

Method:
1. Peel the lemons with a vegetable peeler. You only want the yellow skin, no pits & no white bits. Cut them into little bits & place them into a large & wide cleaned pot.
2. After all this is done, add the 500 ml of vodka to the pot. Seal the pot well with a fitting lid. Shake the pot up & down for a while so that everything is well combined.
3. Place the filled pot in a dark & cool place, not the fridge for about 1 week. Occasionally, shake the pot up & down so that everything will soak well.
4. After a week, you will see that the vodka will be flavoured with the lemon peels & will be yellow in colour.
5. Now, you take a large strainer & put a fitting bowl under it. You pour the liquid carefully trough the strainer & push the liquid out of the lemon peels, that stay behind. With the help of a spoon you push as many liquid out of the lemon peels as you can.
6. Now, you can make your syrup. Place the 400 gr of sugar in a cooking pot & add the 500 ml of water. Stir often. Bring to the boil. Let it boil for about 5 minutes until you can see trough your syrup. Take it off the stove & let it cool.
7. Now, add the cooled syrup to the vodka infused lemon peels & pour the limoncello in cleaned bottles or into clean pots. Place them into a dark place, hidden from direct sunlight for another 2 to 3 weeks. Shake the bottles from time to time up & down.
8. After 3 weeks, your limoncello will be ready!

Store : in the freezer or in the fridge. You have to drink it cold & then it is nice & lovely!

How to use?

It is lovely to drink after dinner,
to put into desserts & cakes
it is lovely in fruit salads, in cocktails, in ice creams, etc.
I also use it in my savoury dishes as you see right here:


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Recipe: Marinated limoncello chicken with rice & limoncello courgettes
For 2 persons

Ingredients:
2 chicken fillets, no skin, cleaned, cut into chunks

** For the marinade:
3 fat cloves of garlic, peeled & finely cut up
zest from 1 large lemon ( skin not treated with chemicals ) I buy mine in my food health shop
juice of that same 1 lemon
6 sprigs of fresh thyme, just the leaves ( no stalks )
125 ml of home-made limoncello
** for the rest:
baking margarine
EVOO ( Extra Virgin Olive Oil )
2 fat cloves of garlic, peeled & finely cut up
2 small yellow courgettes, washed & pad dry on kitchen paper, ends & pits removed, if they were any, cut into long strips or wedges
2 medium green courgettes, washed, pad dry on kitchen paper, ends removed, seeds cut out & cut into long strips or wedges
a few pinches of dried Provencal herbs
15 to 20 ml of limoncello
white Thai rice for 2 persons, cooked & drained ( keep warm )
2 preheated large plates

Method:
1. Take a large Ziploc bag & place all the ingredients for the marinade in it. Add the chicken pieces & seal the bag. Massage with your hands the outside of the bag carefully. Place into a fitting bowl for when there is leakage. Place in the fridge for at least 1 hour. I marinated it for 2 hours!
2. Meanwhile, you can rest.
3. When the marinating is over, take the bag out of the fridge. Take a large non stick pan & heat up on medium high. Pour 3 tablespoons of the EVOO in it & heat up. When hot, add the garlic pieces & the courgettes slices, maybe in 2 batches to the pan. Add a few pinches of dried Provençal herbs & stir from time to time. Fry until ready, but not too cooked trough. It still has to have a little bite! Place into a large serving dish with a fitting lid. Do the same with the rest of the courgettes, add a few pinches of dried Provençal herbs & a little splash of Limoncello.(15 to 20 ml ) when ready, add with the rest of the courgettes pieces. Keep warm.
4. Now, take the chicken pieces out of the marinade. Heat tha same large pan on high heat & put some baking margarine in it. When melted, add the chicken pieces & fry until tender & cooked trough, for a few minutes. Because it has marinated, the chicken will be moist on the inside & tastes absolutely lovely!
5. Meanwhile, pour the marinade into a little sauce pan & cook for 5 to 8 minutes until it has a bit cooked in. This will be your sauce. When everything is ready, plate up. The sauce still will be thin.
6. Take your preheated plates & place the rice in the middle of your plates. Spoon the courgettes mix on top & all around the rice. Lay your chicken pieces all around the rice mix & on top of the courgettes mix around the plate. Spoon the sauce over the top & enjoy!!!
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94 responses to “Home made Limoncello & a recipe using it: Marinated limoncello chicken with rice & limoncello courgettes

  1. Marieke says:

    mmmmhhhh,…Sophie!! Home made Limoncello: I am impressed!!That chicken dish looks magnificent too!! Yum Yum Yum!

  2. Sophie, Limoncello fait maison impressionnant!And this chicken recipe using Limoncello sounds like a definite crowd pleaser.So glad to find your creative cooking blog. I will be a follower for sure!

  3. I MUST try – I love limoncello and this chicken recipe sounds out of this world.

  4. Alyssa says:

    I've been meaning to try making Limoncello, but haven't yet gotten around to it. This might just be the push I need (plus I do have a bag of lemons on my counter). Thanks!

  5. Limoncello is delicious – I like how you're using it for more than just libations :) I don't know if I would have the restraint!

  6. Erica says:

    I absolutely love this recipe!!!Thank you.

  7. Pam says:

    Limoncello is the best! I'll show my husband, he may want to make this. The chicken looks really delicious too.

  8. oh wow this looks divine it must have tastes so fresh and zesty

  9. can you believe I've never had lemoncello? Me, lover of all things lemon? This obviously has to be fixed! Looke easy to make, and your chicken dish sounds great!

  10. Elra says:

    WOW, what an unusual recipe Sophie! Sounds pretty delicious.

  11. nora@ffr says:

    yummm!! i shud try this!! never made lemoncello at home! :) thanx for sharing sophie

  12. Cheryl says:

    Homemade Lemoncello, YUMMY!

  13. Lemoncello, never tasted it before, may be a chance to try it now!

  14. Claudia says:

    This is so timely as I was thinking of making a batch – and giving some for Christmas gifts! I love the recipe – lemon and chicken makes my heart sing. Do you use only filtered water?

  15. Une boisson fabuleusement patfumée et un plat qui doit être succulent!Bises,Rosa

  16. I've always wanted to make my own Lemoncello but have never gotten around to it. I make an Almond Lemoncello cake that is fabulous and I would love to try it with oranges instead.Do you think you can make homemade Orange Lemoncello also?

  17. Wow your limoncello is awesome! Thanks for sharing this with us : )

  18. lisa says:

    You're incredible, I'm impressed! Never made my own lemoncello. Well, this chicken dish looks super flavorful.

  19. KennyT says:

    Wow, homemade limoncello! Sophie you're a great chef!

  20. Barbara says:

    Never would have thought to make my own! I am impressed! I have a bottle of it right by my seasonings. Love it sprinkled over fruit.

  21. I have all the ingredients – lemons, vodka (leftover from homemade vanilla extract)..sugar, I'm going to try this

  22. Sophie says:

    @ everyone: thanks so much! It was a pleasure making it too!! The hard bit was waiting 1 week & later on 3 weeks.So, if you want to make this as a Cristmas gift, begin on time, at least 1 month beforehand! Have fun making it!!

  23. Every part of that meal is homemade…well except the vodka! :) The chicken sounds delicious!

  24. Bunny says:

    I've always been intrigued by Limoncello Sophie and now I can make it! Your dinner looks absolutely delicious!

  25. My mom makes limoncello and just loves it. I'll have to tell her about your limoncello chicken. Sounds amazing!!

  26. I love Limoncello! What a great recipe using this yummy drink!

  27. Michelle says:

    Oh my gosh, I am thoroughly impressed, Sophie! I thought Limoncello was born in a bottle! Lol! I never knew there was a recipe. The chicken looks absolutely fabulous!!xoxo

  28. Talita says:

    Jaja!! Hola, Sophie! No imaginaba que hablas español. Me encantó el dorado de este pollo! Delicioso!

  29. Thankyou so much for the recipe for a homemade Limoncello! :) It would make a wonderful Christmas present I think!

  30. Very impressive! You made limoncello at home. The chicken looks truly yummy.Angie's Recipes

  31. Robin Sue says:

    I have seen Limoncello so much lately but had no idea how to make it. This is a beautiful recipe and would make nice gifts for Christmas!!

  32. Rowena... says:

    Count me in on this recipe…I need a way to use up all of the limoncello that my mother-in-law always gives us, it never happens that I need to make my own! And it never occurred to me to use it in a recipe either, so Sophie, you are a savior in my book!

  33. Wow! I didn't think Limoncello was that easy to make.

  34. Esme says:

    Sophie would you like to do a guest post?chocolateandcroissants at yahoo dot com

  35. I've had some limoncello in the freezer for ages (a gift…we don't drink much), and I can't wait to use it to make this chicken. Brilliant!

  36. Sara says:

    homemade limoncello is tasty, and I love what you did with the chicken. It looks so yummy!

  37. Koko says:

    Sophie, what a great recipe!!!!! I first tried limoncello on a trip to Italy and it's so great. I would never have thought to use it in a savoury recipe like chicken- brilliant!!!

  38. Judy says:

    Sophie, Limoncello was one of my very first blog posts in 2007! Last summer, I made an amazing Limoncello-mascarpone layer cake which is also posted on my blog — check it out. It is to die for. But I've never used limoncello in savory dishes. What a great idea. Especially since I already make a lemon-garlic marinade for chicken that has been a signature dish forever. All I need to do is add the limoncello. Thanks for a great idea.

  39. Kerstin says:

    How cool, I'm impressed you made your own limoncello and your chicken looks amazing!

  40. donna says:

    What a great idea to make homemade limoncello, it would be a PERFECT holiday gift, and your dish looks delicious!

  41. Grace says:

    first of all, kudos to you for making limoncello–that's brilliant! secondly, i LOVE how you've incorporated it into your dish here, it sounds completely scrumptious.

  42. This meal looks really tempting! I have a bottle of Smirnoff vodka & I'm tempted to try to make limoncello too. Thanks for sharing the recipe :D

  43. Y says:

    Wow. Never thought to use limoncello with chicken, and certainly never thought to make my own limoncello! Brilliant!

  44. Olive says:

    Sophie, chicken looks delicious, I love chicken!!Good job on the limoncello! :)

  45. I've made limoncello once and it was from my own lemons! I can't wait to make it again when I have enough lemons. Your chicken and rice look delicious. Great use of the limoncello!

  46. Jo says:

    I never thought limoncello could be home-made,very interesting. And the chicken and rice looks yummy.

  47. diva says:

    love limoncello! and can't believe this is homemade :) wonderful.

  48. Katrine says:

    My Italian friend Ale always talked about how delcicious limoncello is and I finally tried it not so long ago. Am definitely going to make good use of your recipe and make it this weekend! Love it as a drink after dinner :)

  49. Amy says:

    Perfect! I was just thinking about making limoncello for holiday gifts! Thank you for sharing, Sophie!

  50. Mini Baker says:

    yummmm! i've been wanting to make homemade limoncello! I love your blog! I'm so glad I found it! I'll be back often :)-Mini Baker

  51. Diana H says:

    Ah, my husband would adore this. He loves vodka, and lemons. I might make this for him as a surprise. He'd love that.

  52. Kat says:

    This is impressive! wow :)

  53. Kevin says:

    Making your own limoncello sounds like fun!

  54. Jamie says:

    Wow, Sophie! Wow! Homemade limoncello is impressive! And that chicken looks so delicious!

  55. Carolyn Jung says:

    I planted a dwarf Meyer lemon tree this year, so I'm all ready to use your directions for making killer limonecello. Well, ready when my lemons finally turn yellow, that is. ;)

  56. Jennie says:

    I am so excited to have come across your blog and find this recipe! I love Limoncello! I am absolutely going to make this! Thank you!

  57. lesley says:

    What a good idea to use Limoncello in recipes…when we had a glass in Rome we just drank it! as you do…not even thinking about what else we could do with it..how stupid are we?

  58. Anna says:

    I love lemony drinks, I didn’t know was that easy to make my own. Thanks for the recipe. Have a great weekend.

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  87. Sophie, this looks delicious! I’ve never thought to make my own – you’ve inspired me – thanks!

  88. […] extra virgin olive oil & honey. It is healthy too. This must be tasty, right?? ooh,…yes! With these lemons , I make my own limoncello! […]

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