Chicken Breasts with Balsamic Mushrooms

Pan Seared Chicken Breasts with Balsamic Mushrooms

It’s been awhile since I’ve added a new chicken recipe to my dinner repertoire.

But chicken is such an easy weeknight choice.

I always keep a few pounds of frozen chicken in the freezer for dinner emergencies.

It can be baked from frozen, or defrosted and quickly added to curries, stir fries, pasta dishes, or anything, really! You can even plop frozen chicken breasts in a pot of boiling water, cook until no longer pink, and then shred the meat for easy salad mix-ins or protein for wraps.

Chicken Breasts with Balsamic Mushrooms

For this recipe, you better bet I utilized my frozen chicken stash.

Once the chicken is defrosted, this meal comes together in just 45 minutes.

Simply dredge the chicken in flour, pan sear until golden, toss in some mushrooms and garlic, then balsamic, broth, and herbs. Cook down into a sauce & finish with a pat of butter.

Easy. Delicious. Yummy.

This meal is comfort food in one pan.

Pan Seared Chicken Breasts with Balsamic Mushrooms - by dietitian Erica Julson

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Pan Seared Chicken Breasts with Balsamic Mushrooms
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
45 mins
 
Servings: 4
Ingredients
  • 4 medium boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • Kosher salt
  • Ground black pepper
  • 2/3 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 8 cloves of garlic
  • 12 ounces white button mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh thyme
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
Instructions
  1. Season the chicken breasts on both sides with a sprinkle of kosher salt and pepper.

  2. Spread the flour out on a large plate and sprinkle with salt and pepper. One at a time, dip the chicken breasts in the flour, turning to coat. Shake lightly to remove any excess, then set the chicken breast aside on a clean plate. Repeat with all 4 chicken breasts.

  3. Add the oil to a large nonstick skillet and warm over medium-high heat. Add the chicken breasts to the pan, and cook on one side for about 6 minutes, until nicely golden brown. 

  4. Turn the chicken breasts over and add the garlic cloves and mushrooms to the pan. Cook for another 3 or 4 minutes, shaking the pan occasionally to redistribute the mushrooms and garlic while they cook.

  5. Add the balsamic vinegar, chicken stock, bay leaf, and thyme to the pan. Reduce the heat to a simmer, cover the pan, and continue to cook for 10 minutes, turning the chicken breasts halfway through. 

  6. Uncover the pan and remove the chicken breasts to a plate. You can lightly tent them with foil to keep them warm.

  7. Let the balsamic-mushroom sauce continue to cook, uncovered, for another 5 minutes or so, until reduced to a sauce consistency. Stir in the butter and cook for another 2 minutes or so until melted and combined with the rest of the sauce. 

  8. Remove the bay leaf, then plate each chicken breast and spoon the mushroom sauce over the top. Enjoy!

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Tomato, Zucchini, and Yellow Squash Gratin

Tomato, Zucchini, and Squash Gratin

Summertime produce is HERE, in all its glory.

Juicy, sweet, bright red tomatoes.

An ABUNDANCE of summer squash – the gift that keeps on giving.

Stone fruit everywhere, so ripe and succulent, the juices dribble down your chin with every bite.

Bundles of fragrant herbs, growing like weeds, ready to be tossed into salads, soups, and pestos.

Can you tell I LOVE summer??

One of the easiest ways to use up a TON of summer tomatoes and squash is with a gratin.

Simply slice all the veggies nice and thin, arrange in pretty layers, and top with olive oil, salt and pepper, garlic, fresh herbs, and cheese.

Bake for about 30 minutes, then serve!

It’s an impressive side dish that lets the flavors of the vegetables take center stage.

If you really want this dish to wow you, take the extra time to pick up some produce from your local farmers market. You won’t regret it!

 

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Tomato, Zucchini, and Squash Gratin
Tomato, Zucchini, and Yellow Squash Gratin
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
50 mins
 
Servings: 6
Ingredients
  • 1 pound cocktail tomatoes, sliced 1/4 inch thick
  • 1 pound zucchini, sliced 1/4 inch thick
  • 1 pound yellow summer squash, sliced 1/4 inch thick
  • Generous drizzle of extra virgin olive oil
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh thyme
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly cracked black pepper
  • 2/3 cup shredded Romano cheese
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

  2. Get out a large 4.5 quart pyrex baking dish. Working in rows, alternately layer the slices of zucchini, yellow squash, and tomato. Prop the slices up a little bit so that the start of each row is leaning against the edge of the pyrex dish at an angle (this makes it easier to layer the slices). 

  3. Once you have filled the baking dish, drizzle each row with a generous pour of extra virgin olive oil (this will help prevent the gratin from drying out). 

  4. Next, sprinkle the whole dish with the minced garlic and thyme. Season generously with kosher salt and ground black pepper, then sprinkle the Romano cheese over the top.

  5. Place the whole dish in the oven, and bake for about 30 minutes, or until the cheese is just starting to turn golden. Remove from the oven and let rest for at least 5 minutes before serving.

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Thai Pork Lettuce Wraps

Thai Pork Lettuce Wraps

Lettuce wraps make perfect summer night dinners.

First of all, they’re easy

Like, wash off some lettuce, quickly cook up some meat, toss in some herbs, and whisk together a basic sauce and you’re done.

Plus, you can do so many different flavor twists.

Mexican, Thai, Indian, etc… they would all be delicious.

This week, I decided to go Thai.

Thai Pork Lettuce Wraps - delicious, easy, and packed with flavor!

These wraps are bright, fresh, and packed with flavor.

Simply saute some pork and garlic until golden brown, then turn off the heat and toss in some fresh basil, cilantro, mint, onion, and fresh peppers.

Stuff the pork mixture into crisp butter lettuce leaves, and spoon a simple sauce over top, made with lime juice, fish sauce, sugar, and more chiles.

The results are little pockets of deliciousness, packed with tender meat, fresh herbs, spicy chiles, vibrant fresh lime juice, and salty fish sauce.

I really like serving them with a giant bowl of fried rice on the side. Recipe coming soon!

Thai Pork Lettuce Wraps -ready in just 30 minutes!

 

Thai Pork Lettuce Wraps
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
35 mins
 
Servings: 2
Ingredients
  • 1 head butter lettuce
  • 4 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 4 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 red serrano or jalapeno peppers, thinly sliced
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • Ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 10 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 small red onion, cut in half and very thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup torn fresh basil leaves
  • 1/2 cup torn fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1/4 cup torn fresh mint leaves
Instructions
  1. Carefully remove the butter lettuce leaves from the head of lettuce, wash with cool water, and set out to dry on a towel.

  2. Next, assemble the dipping sauce: In a small bowl, whisk together the lime juice, fish sauce, sugar, and 1 of the sliced peppers. Season lightly with salt and pepper and set aside.

  3. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the ground pork and cook, stirring occasionally, until browned (about 10 minutes or so). Add the garlic and cook for a few minutes, until softened and fragrant.Turn off the heat and season with salt and pepper. Stir in the onion, basil, cilantro, mint, and remaining pepper slices.

  4. Serve family style, with the pork mixture, lettuce leaves, and dipping sauce. To assemble, spoon the pork into a lettuce leaf and either dip the wraps into the sauce or spoon over the top before eating.

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