We eat a lot of boneless, skinless chicken breasts – it is versatile and a protein source that the entire family enjoys. I have not been in the mood to cook this week so I am looking for quick and easy dishes that are still big on flavor. This recipe satisfied all of my requirements and got a two thumbs up from the family! Simply sear (brown) thinly cut chicken breast cutlets in a skillet, remove to a serving platter. Using the same skillet and a few pantry items a flavorful sauce is created to make this dish company worthy. I love it!
Although this looks like a fattening cream sauce it is really “light.” Mix together a little chicken broth or stock, a generous dollop of Dijon mustard, dried tarragon and a splash of 2% milk. Let it reduce for a minute and whisk in a tiny bit of cornstarch to thicken and smooth out the sauce. The results are nothing short of brilliant!
You know you want to try it and you really should!
Chicken Cutlets with Mustard Tarragon Cream Sauce
- 20 ounces boneless skinless chicken breasts (4 -5 ounce, thinly sliced cutlets)
- 2 tsp olive oil
- Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
- 2/3 cup low sodium chicken broth,
- 1 Tbsp Dijon-style mustard
- 1/4 teaspoon dried tarragon or to taste
- 1 Tbsp 2% milk (original recipe called for heavy cream but I wasn’t going to buy a carton to only use a tablespoon)
- 1/4 tsp cornstarch dissolved in 1 teaspoon water
1. Heat a large non stick skillet over low heat while preparing the chicken breast and pan sauce ingredients. Lightly pound the chicken breast between two sheets of plastic wrap until they are thinner and an even thickness. (Or buy thinly sliced cutlets.)
2. Coat chicken with the olive oil and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. For the sauce, combine broth, mustard and dried tarragon in small dish. In a separate small dish combine cornstarch and water, stir to combine. Measure milk and set aside.
3. Increase the heat under the skillet to medium high for electric or high for a gas stove. When skillet is hot, add chicken. Cook turning only once. How long will depend on how thick the cutlets are. It could be anywhere from 6 – 9 minutes per side. When chicken is cooked completely through and no longer pink, remove from pan to a serving platter and cover to keep warm.
4. Add the broth mixture to the hot pan and stir in any chicken juices that are left behind, let it reduce by half which will take about a minute or two. Using a whisk stir in the tablespoon of milk and then the cornstarch mixture and cook until it is thick enough to coat the chicken. If it gets too thick add a little water to thin it. Drizzle sauce over chicken and serve.
Serving size: 1/4 of a recipe (6.8 ounces).
Amount Per Serving; Calories 193.53, Calories From Fat (30%) 57.24,Total Fat 6.4g, Saturated Fat 1.24,g, Cholesterol 91.03mg, Sodium 335.69mg, Total Carbohydrates 0.78g,Fiber 0.11, Sugar 0.31g, Protein 31.23g WWPP 5
Adapted from The Perfect Recipe For Losing Weight and Eating Great, Author: Pam Anderson
It’s Friday already! This week flew by for me and I don’t know why. I did get a few things accomplished that were lingering on my to do list. One was to clean out and reorganize my pantry. It was set up in zones but things had gotten mixed up and out of order. Some outdated items were found that needed to be tossed! Canned goods have dates on the bottom and I found a couple old ones from 2009 – how does that even happen?
It’s all organized again which make it easier to find things. The zones are as follows one shelf for baking items, one for pastas, grains, dried lentils and beans. A zone for nuts, dried fruits and protein powders, an area for canned goods that are arranged by categories, one shelf for breakfast items including protein bars, cereals and oats. Baskets for potatoes, yams and onions. Of course a couple shelves for the college kids snack items! We won’t even talk about whats on those! Now I can see exactly what we have in stock when I am doing meal and menu planning.
Favorite Foody iPhone /iPad Apps anyone?
I have to tell you that Helen @Doing A 180 shared a free iPhone / iPad App with me for making a grocery list, it’s called Grocery IQ. You can scan bar codes of name brand items and add them to your list. You can enter in the names of your favorite stores and customize the lists for each store. The app automatically enters items into categories and sorts them by aisle! One of the best features is that you can share your list with others (hubby Tom for instance) and sink your lists. So if he finishes a box of cereal, instead of leaving it on the counter for me to see that it is empty, he can scan the bar code and add it to our grocery list. Isn’t that amazing! Then as you grocery shop you check the items off as you put them in your cart. It’s fabulous! Thanks for sharing about this app with me Helen.
Fooducate is another free iPhone App that I like to use. You scan the bar-code of a food product and it gives you a nutritional rating and tells you about the product. You will find yourself going through your pantry, refrigerator and the grocery store looking for anything with a good grade! It’s eye opening to say the least. If you follow Weight Watchers it also gives you the WW PP values which it calls FoodPoints.
iTrackBites is another App that is good for those following Weight Watchers who don’t subscribe to their etools. It allows you to track your food points and it has a handy dandy points calculator for either the old or the new points plan. It isn’t free but for $1.99 it’s worth it.
There’s more Apps I want to share but seriously, it’s Friday and I know you have better things to do than sit around and read my blog all day! There will be more App sharing in the coming weeks. I am loving my iPhone and iPad.
Today I will be working on my menu for the start of the 17 Day Diet. There are a few things I need to get like Flax Seed Oil, low sugar fruits and more veggies. I am going to ask hubby Tom to join me on this adventure! Yesterday I asked Katy to refrain from baking for the next couple of weeks – we don’t need the added temptation of fresh baked goods in the house. There is a chicken vegetable soup recipe in the 17 Day Diet book that I want to make – you know how much I love having soups for lunch. I will have to tweak the recipe a bit but it looks pretty good.
Helen left me this comment the other day and I want to share it with you;
At the dojo we have a saying, ‘Plan your work. Work your plan.’
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What are you going to do this weekend?
Do you have any favorite iPhone or iPad Apps you want to share?