Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Skillet Chicken with Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato Sauce

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Turn a dish into a "creamy" meal and you'll always have my vote! This smooth sauce with fresh herbs makes this dish taste like it came straight from a top restaurant! "Laura's Restaurant"! 

Ingredients:

- 3, 6 oz. boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- 2 1/2 Tbs olive oil
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1/2 cup diced onions
- 2 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1 1/3 cups + 1 Tbs chicken broth
- 1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes (in oil) - finely chopped
- 1/4 cup fresh basil, plus more for garnish
- 2 tsp. corn starch
- 1/4 cup heavy cream
- 1/3 cup shredded parmesan cheese

Place a long sheet cling wrap on top of a cutting board. Place chicken on top of plastic wrap and lay another piece of wrap over the top of the chicken. Pound chicken to an even thickness using the flat side of a meat mallet (or in my case, a cast iron skillet). Season both sides of chicken with salt and pepper. Heat 1 1/2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken and cook for about 4 to 5 minutes on each side (until chicken is cooked through).  Transfer to a plate and place another plate over the chicken to keep warm. Set aside.

Turn heat down to medium. Heat remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil in skillet. Add onions and sauté for a few minutes. Add garlic and sauté a minute longer. Pour in 1 1/3 cup chicken broth, while scraping bottom of skillet to release browned bits. Place sun-dried tomatoes and 1/4 cup basil in a blender and blend until tomatoes are chopped fine; or you can chop tomatoes and basil with a knife. Add mixture to the skillet and stir. In a small bowl, mix remaining 1 tablespoon of chicken broth with corn starch. Add to skillet, stirring constantly. Add cream and parmesan, stirring until cheese has melted. Remove from heat, and add chicken to the skillet mixture, spooning sauce over chicken. Garnish with more fresh basil and ENJOY! If you'd like a printer-friendly version of this recipe, Click Here.

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Monday, April 24, 2017

Shrimp Foil

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A little play on "shrimp boil", this tasty seafood dish has an incredible flavor that is magnified by the addition of smoked turkey sausage, potatoes, and a spice I cannot live without, Old Bay Seasoning! A very easy dish to make, with a preparation time that only takes a few minutes.

Ingredients:

*- 1 lb. medium shrimp, shells on (see below for an alternative that I used), divided
- 1/2 lb. fully cooked smoked turkey sausage, sliced, divided
- 2 potatoes, peeled and cubed, divided
- 6 frozen corn on the cobs, half sizes (or cut 3 regular sized in half)
- 3 Tbs olive oil, divided
- salt and pepper to taste
- Old Bay Seasoning to taste
- Fresh parsley for garnish

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Tear off 3 long sheets of aluminum foil. Spread each out on a counter and place equal amounts of the shrimp, frozen corn, potato cubes, and turkey sausage on top of foil. Drizzle each with 1 tablespoon of olive oil, and season with salt, pepper, and Old Bay. Seal foil on all 4 sides. Place on a baking sheet and place in the oven for approximately 40 minutes. Garnish with parsley.

* For my shrimp, I used a 12 oz. bag of fully cooked, peeled, and deveined, salad shrimp. Instead of adding the shrimp to the foil, I tossed the shrimp in a skillet with 2 Tbs butter and Old Bay Seasoning. I added it to the rest of the ingredients after they came out of the oven.

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