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Lemon & Oregano Lamb Chops

Lemon & Oregano Lamb Chops

Juicy lamb chops take a trip to the Middle East with a quick herb-and-lemon rub and a tangy cucumber-tahini sauce. Serve with couscous or rice pilaf and a green salad.

Servings

4 servings, 2 lamb chops & 3 tablespoons sauce each

Prep Time

30 minutes

Total Time

45 minutes

Ingredients

  • Freshly grated zest of 2 lemons
  • 1tablespoon chopped fresh oregano or 1 teaspoon dried
  • 1 1/4teaspoons kosher salt, divided
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 8lamb loin chops (1 1/2-1 3/4 pounds total), trimmed
  • 1/4cup tahini
  • 1/4cup nonfat plain yogurt, preferably Greek-style
  • 1/4cup diced seeded cucumber, peeled if desired
  • 1/4cup lemon juice
  • 2cloves garlic, minced
  • 1tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • 1tablespoons water
  • 2teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Combine lemon zest, oregano, 3/4 teaspoon salt and pepper in a small bowl. Rub the mixture onto both sides of lamb chops and set aside for at least 10 minutes or refrigerate for up to 1 hour.
  3. Meanwhile, combine tahini, yogurt, cucumber, lemon juice, garlic, parsley and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt in a small bowl. Whisk in enough water to thin the sauce to desired consistency.
  4. Heat oil in a large ovenproof nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the lamb chops and cook until browned on one side, about 2 minutes. Turn them over and transfer the pan to the oven. Roast until an instant-read thermometer inserted horizontally into a chop registers 135°F for medium-rare, 8 to 14 minutes, depending on thickness. Serve the chops with the tahini sauce.

Tips

Tahini is a thick paste of ground sesame seeds with a nutty flavor.

Prepare sauce (Step 3), cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days. Prepare rub and rub onto lamb chops (Step 2) and refrigerate for up to 1 hour.

Nutrition Facts

Per serving (recipe makes 4 servings, 2 lamb chops & 3 tablespoons sauce each)

Calories 284kcal
Carbohydrate Total 7g
Total Sugars 2g
Added Sugars 0g
Fiber 1g
Total Fat 17g
Saturated Fat 4g
Mono Saturated Fat 8g
Cholesterol 68mg
Sodium 429mg
Protein 25g
Potassium 432mg
Calcium 83mg
Folate 39mcg
Omega-6 4g
Vitamin E 1mg
Zinc 4mg
Vitamin B3 6mg