Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Lemon Thyme Chicken

I used boneless, skinless chicken breasts to whip up this quick and simple chicken entree.  I cut a chicken breast half in half again to make two thinner breast halves.  They were then seasoned with salt and pepper and dredged in flour.  They were sauteed for a few minutes on each side and removed to a plate and tented with foil.  The same skillet was then used to make a quick sauce to pour over the chicken.  The simplicity of this dish is unbelievable.

Our side dishes were roasted acorn squash with onions and wilted spinach with garlic.

Lemon Thyme Chicken
Makes 2 servings

1 boneless, skinless chicken breast, butterflied into halves (2 pieces total)
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup all-purpose flour (I used brown rice flour)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves. minced
1/4 cup dry white wine
1/2 cup low-sodium chicken broth
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1 1/2 tablespoons butter (I used ghee)

Season both sides of the chicken pieces with salt and pepper.  Place the flour in a shallow bowl, and dredge the chicken pieces in the flour, shaking off the excess.  In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat.  Add the chicken pieces to the pan and saute until lightly golden, about 2-3 minutes per side.  Remove the chicken pieces to a plate, tent with foil, and set aside.

Add the garlic and thyme leaves to the pan and saute  just until fragrant, about 1 minute.  (If necessary, add an additional small drizzle of olive oil if most of the oil was absorbed by the chicken.) Off the heat, add the wine to the pan, scraping the bottom of the pan to loosen any browned bits. Return the pan to the heat and bring the liquid to a simmer.  Stir in the chicken broth. Reduce until the sauce has thickened, about 4-5 minutes.  Add the lemon juice to the pan.  Add in the butter and whisk until completely melted.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.  Serve immediately, spooning the sauce over the chicken.

Slightly adapted from Annie's Eats

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