Here’s a quick and easy middle of the week dinner option that your entire family will love. The recipe is adapted from Cooking Light, and you can easily substitute ingredients for what you have on hand. The chicken cooks quickly because you are using cutlets rather than full breasts. (If you only have breasts, slice them in half so you have two thin pieces of meat rather than one thick piece). If you don’t have baby portobello mushrooms use button mushrooms instead. The same goes for the pearl onions; if you can’t find them substitute any mild variety. Simply cut the raw onions into chunks and proceed as directed. If you are using pearl onions, fresh ones are always better than the frozen variety. To ease in the par-boiling of the onions I drop the onions into a pot of boiling water with their skins intact. Then cook the onions until tender, drain and allow to cool slightly until they are comfortable to handle. At this point the skins should slip right off. It really is easy.
I like to serve this chicken alongside a creamy orzo since it will absorb all of the delicious sauce. Again, if you don’t have any use another type of small pasta or even rice. Enjoy!
CHICKEN CUTLETS w/ MUSHROOMS & PEARL ONIONS
8 chicken breast cutlets
1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
3/4 cup pearl onions, par-boiled
8 ounces baby portobello mushrooms, sliced
2/3 cup brandy
1 cup unsalted chicken stock
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 tablespoon butter
1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
- Heat a large skillet set over medium-high heat.
- Combine the salt, pepper and flour in a shallow dish. Dredge the chicken on both sides with the flour.
- Place 1 tablespoon of the oil in the skillet and swirl to coat. Add half of the chicken and cook for two minutes per side. Remove the chicken from the pan and keep it warm.
- Add 1 tablespoon of oil to the skillet and repeat the procedure to cook the remaining chicken.
- Add the remaining tablespoon of oil to the skillet. Add the onions and the mushrooms and stirring occasionally, saute for 6 minutes or until they are browned on all sides.
- Add the brandy to the pan and scraping up any browned bits, bring the mixture to a boil and cook until the liquid almost evaporates.
- Combine the stock and cornstarch in a small bowl whisking until smooth.
- Add the stock mixture to the pan and cook for 2 additional minutes.
- Return the chicken to the pan and cook for 1 additional minute or until the chicken is heated through.
- Remove the pan from the heat, stir in the butter and thyme and serve.