Chicken Cutlets with Mustard Tarragon Cream Sauce & My Favorite Foody iPhone Apps

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.

Servings: 4

Nutrition Facts

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

Nutmeg Notes

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.’


Add Your Thoughts

What are you going to do this weekend?

Do you have any favorite iPhone or iPad Apps you want to share?

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  1. Racheal @ Running with Racheal says:

    Thanks Tamim! You have now inspired me to organize my pantry. It is ROUGH. Good luck on the 17 Day Plan. I have never heard of it, but am excited to hear how it goes for you! 🙂

  2. Helen says:

    Seriously, I bet my Grocery IQ app is the one I use the most. As my phone is usually nearby when I’m in the kitchen, when I run out of something or see that I’m getting low on an ingredient, I just grab it and and either scan or input. So handy!

    I will say I’ve been trying a new calorie tracking app called Lose It – also free. Lose It has a feature where you can scan the item and it automatically adds the item into your food list. Also when you set it up, it asks you your current weight and goal weight then gives you several options of how much to eat to lose. Once you pick one it tells you approximately when you’ll reach goal. As I am a long-time Sparkpeople user (and have the app for that too), and therefore am pretty vested in it with custom foods and recipes, I need to decide if it’s worth the effort to switch over.

    But that’s the great thing about free apps!

    The chicken looks yummy. I eat a lot of boneless, skinless breasts and I’m always looking for something new. Have a great weekend!

    1. Tami says:

      The Grocery IQ app makes life so much easier. And it’s something I use daily. I tried an app for tracking food and exercise but when you first start out at least for me it’s a slow process to enter in all of your favorite foods. I did enjoy seeing how each day stacked up nutritionally but it took so much time to enter everything in. Scanning the item would be so easy! Thanks for sharing about Lose it.

  3. Karen@WaistingTime says:

    I have an old, “dumb” phone. No apps. I keep thinking about a new one because I know this will suddenly die on me! I tried out my brother’s iPhone and could not for the life of me type on that thing! I kept hitting the wrong keys. So I think I will need to stick with a phone with a keyboard:(

    1. Tami says:

      My husband has an older iPhone and it’s more difficult to type on than my new one also it take s a little getting use to if you are use to a raised key pad. Like everything there is a phase of adjusting and learning. I went from a Blackberry that I found very easy to use and loved the keyboard on that phone. The iPhone can do so much more. It’s like having a little mini computer with you wherever you go!

  4. Carol says:

    Chicken recipe looks delicious! We eat a lot of chicken because there are s many great dishes one can make!

    I have a plain-Jane phone, no apps but I do put some on my iPod Touch.

    Good luck on the 17 Day Diet…quite a few on the WW board tried it.

    No plans for the weekend here…we are in a winter rut! Enjoy yours!! 🙂

    1. Tami says:

      Thanks interesting that people on the WW board tried the 17 day Diet!

      Sorry Winter has struck Carol. Don’t let cabin fever get the best of you!

  5. Amanda says:

    I love chicken with tarragon — this is definitely on my “must be tried” list!

    I don’t have an iPhone (yet). I do have an iPad, and I have some apps on it but not much food-wise, because most of those (in my experience) require an internet connection and I’m not always somewhere with WiFi.

    This weekend I’m picking up my recumbent exercise bike, yay! And Choreboy and I are going over to my parents’ for dinner. I should be able to stay on target food-wise, because they’re doing some salmon along with spinach and so forth. The only thing that might do me in are the potatoes. They’re gonna be brutal, and it’s going to be hard to hold back.

    Have a good one!

    1. Tami says:

      Sounds like you have a nice weekend planned Amanda. Hope you have success in avoiding those potatoes!

  6. Leslie says:

    These chicken breasts look great. I’m going to make them this weekend. And I just added Grocery IQ to my phone! Fooducate is next. Thanks for the great info, Tami! Have a good weekend.

    1. Tami says:

      You are so welcome Leslie. Enjoy!

  7. Jody - Fit at 54 says:

    I don’t have an iPhone but a droid & I can barely do the necessities with it! 😉 I have a keyboard though! 🙂

    Love that recipe!!!!

    As for your organizing – can you send that to me via an app but the app does the work! 😉

    1. Tami says:

      Jody I wish I could send you an App that would organize for you! I am sure that I have only touched the surface of what these new devices can do but I keep plugging along and learn as I go! You are doing great with Twitter and I haven’t really explored it beyond having it connected to my Facebook page. It’s overwhelming!

  8. ann says:

    I can honestly say that I don’t know if I’ve ever used tarragon. I’m really interested in that grocery IQ app. I hate having to keep up with the paper list and how often do I have a minute and just want to run into the store only to find I don’t have the list with me. I’m gonna try that one!

  9. Greta @ Staying Lost says:

    Those chicken breasts look delicious. I think tarragon is one of my favorite spices, so it’s perfect for me!

  10. Cammy@TippyToeDiet says:

    I don’t know what I’d do without boneless chicken breasts. Perish the thought I’d ever have to try it.

    Thanks for the tip on Fooducate. I mostly eat produce and meat, but it would be nice to have something to use for those times when I have to buy from the other parts of the store. It can take a lot of time to read and consider labels.

    No big plans here, but pantry inventory is on my to-do list. I’m trying to whittle it down so that I don’ t end up with expired foods on the shelves. 🙂

    Have a great weekend, Tami!

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