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

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.



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:



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

  1. 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'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!

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

  5. 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!

  6. 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?

  7. 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?

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

  9. 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.

  10. @ 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!!

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

  12. 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

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

  14. 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!!

  15. 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!

  16. 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!!!

  17. 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.

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

  19. 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.

  20. 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 😀

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

  22. 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!

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

  24. 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 🙂

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

  26. 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

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

  28. 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. 😉

  29. 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!

  30. 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?

  31. 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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