Thursday, January 8, 2009

Seared Cicken Breasts with Lemon Cream Sauce

Peter from Kalofagas - Greek Food & Beyond inspired this dish. Peter posted a mouth watering Seared & Braised Breasts of Chicken recipe a couple of weeks ago. I had all intentions of staying with the game plan, but as usual when I start chopping and pulling ingredients out of the refrigerator, I find things like lemons and mushrooms and start tossing them in the pan.

This is the product of Peter's inspired dish.




Season four chicken cutlets with coarse sea salt and white pepper. Dredge in all-purpose flour.

Heat a large skillet over medium heat, and add on tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil. Once the oil is heated add one bunch of chopped scallions and 1/2 lb. of sliced cremini mushrooms sear until they begin to turn brown. Remove the scallions and the mushrooms from the pan with a slotted spoon and set aside on a plate lined with absorbent paper towels.

Add another tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil and sear chicken cutlets golden brown on both sides and set aside.

Discard the oil and place your skillet back on medium heat and add the 1/2 cup of dry white wine and and simmer for 1-2 minutes while scraping up the brown bits. Add 1/2 cup of heavy cream, 1 cup chicken stock, 1 bay leaf, 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest, juice from half of a lemon and 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme and and gently bring to a boil. Carefully add your chicken cutlets back into the skillet and lower heat to simmer uncovered for about 15-20 minutes or until your sauce has thickened enough to coat the back of a wooden spoon. Add the reserved scallions and mushrooms and blend into the sauce. Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper and discard the bay leaf.

Spoon some cream sauce onto the bottom of each plate and then add a layer of ziti cooked al-dente and ladle cream sauce over ziti and crown with the chicken cutlet. Garnish with some shaved Parmigiana-Reggiano.

This is one top-shelf dish bursting with the bright flavor of lemon and thyme.

Thanks Peter for the inspiration!



31 comments:

gigi said...

Man that sounds so light and full of flavor. I wish I could so get inspired like that.

April said...

yum! I could plan my menu off of your blog! This looks fantastic!

Marjie said...

I have trouble sticking to the game plan, too. I always end up "winging it"! This looks great; I love chicken in a good cream sauce, and you know the horde will always consume mass quantities of pasta!

Pam said...

Funny, I was thinking of making something similar tonight. I love lemon with chicken. Your sauce looks amazing.

TavoLini said...

Looks FANTASTIC! I love Greek food, actually I'm a huge fan of anything lemon flavored.

Debbie said...

I've got just about all the ingredients on hand and I WILL be making these...They look delicious. Love cooking with white wine and lemons...

Tatersmama said...

MMmmmm mmm! This looks and sounds delicious!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

I can't resist such a scrumptious dish! Tasty and so comforting! Wow!

Cheers,

Rosa

Jeena said...

This sounds really delicious and looks fantastic. :-)

Joie de vivre said...

Peter always has such inspirational recipes! Yours looks fabulous as well.

Greg C said...

Katherine, is this low fat? I am on a diet you know but I can't help coming back to see what you are cooking up. Sounds great.

Lucy said...

Great looking dish... we just love chicken w/lemon, and over pasta, yum!

Lisa said...

This sounds so delicious!

♥Reeni said...

This sounds amazing! Now I'm inspired! I love that kind of cooking, when you just use what you have on hand, some great dishes come out of it!

Peter M said...

Katherine, glad to have inspired you in the kitchen. The dish dishes diverge but that's quite fine. Your own stamp on the dish has made it something unique and seriously making me hungry at 6:30am!

Natashya said...

Oh yes, this does sound divine! I love lemony chicken too. It all sounds just wonderful.

Elra said...

This look really delicious Katherine!
I really like put lemon in my cooking too. This lemon cream sounds intriguing.
Cheers,
Elra

Maria said...

The lemon sauce sounds amazing!

Priscilla said...

This looks so good!! Yummy!

Dawn said...

Oh that does look good. I love the sauce.

Lanny said...

YUM! My mouth is watering!

When are you going to write a cookbook? :)

Andrea said...

Just found my dinner menu for tomorrow!! Looks delicious! Your blog recipes never let me down. :)

Hudson said...

I have always admired creative cooks who know how to put together dish after dish off the top of their heads and add in awesome things you'd never even think to put together. Hudson ( Im Kind Of A Big Deal)

Bridgett said...

This looks amazing! The flavors sound fantastic and it is always fun to stray a bit form the recipe to come up with something divine on your own. Looks wonderful!

Pam said...

The flavors of this sound wonderful!

biz319 said...

That's a great recipe! Thanks for sharing!

Paula said...

This is a great rendition of Peter's dish. I just love that lemon cream sauce. Dishes such as this are great to eat with family as well as to serve to guests. YUM!

Calm In The Kitchen said...

You had me at Lemon Cream Sauce! This recipe looks fantastic and definitely a must try!

Your blog is great, I look forward to reading more!

;) amy

Aggie said...

Oh man, this looks so wonderful. I love lemon with chicken...what a perfect meal.

Darius T. Williams said...

Looks amazing - I could totally go for this - totally!

Megan said...

Lemon cream sauce takes chicken to a whole new level. Sounds deicious!