chicken inspiration-- please
I'm fighting a cold and would like to avoid a run to the store.
I have boneless skinless chicken breasts but I'm trying to think of something new (and easy) to do with these.
I have shallots, onions
sour cream, cream, milk
a few plum tomatoes, capers, lemons, parsley, carrots
lots of dried pasta
homemade chicken stock
lots of dried spices and vinegars, mustards, flavored oils
I know I could make Nigella's ritzy chicken or a chicken salad, but I'm kind of in the mood for something else, but I don't know what. Gosh, I sound vague!!!
I could make Israeli couscous with some pine nuts and dried cherries as the side.
do you have any olives & anchovies on hand? i'm thinking pasta puttanesca - brown the chicken to add some flavor, then simmer in the sauce to finish cooking.
homemade alfredo-esque chicken & pasta dish with the cream/milk products & parmesan cheese.
if you had fresh thyme on hand i'd suggest a garlic-thyme herb crust on the chicken -sautée, drizzle with balsamic reduction, & serve with your couscous side dish.
It's probably too late but... I have a great lemon pepper chicken in my usual rotation that my family just loves. I take lemon zest, fresh ground pepper and kosher salt and mash it in a mortar & pestle. I let the chicken "marinate" in the lemon juice for 15 mins. and then smear the lemon pepper paste on top of the chix and cook it in a 375 degree oven for about 45 minutes or so.
Admittedly, it's better w/ chicken w/ bones and skin but hey, it'd work w/ your boneless breasts too.
Or you coud do chicken francaise (sauteed, pounded cutlets, lemon juice, butter, white wine, shallots & capers) over pasta w/ butter, olive oil & parsley.
I hope u feel better soon. :-)
hanks to everybody for the great ideas -- now I have all sorts of ideas to add to my weeknight repertoire. I ended up going with the curry Jennalynn suggested -- I hadn't even thought of Indian! It was delicious -- I used a mixture of curry powder and some garam masala that I made myself (toasting/grinding spices) a few months ago. I served it with cinnamon-scented jasmine rice and we settled in to watch Veronica Mars and lap up the warm cozy goodness. Great the next day, too-- I just gobbled up the leftovers for lunch.
thanks so much, hounds, for the ideas and the wishes for feeling better :) Jennalynn, this is the second suggestion of yours going into my rotation -- the first is the recipe for blondies you gave me in October when I posted in a blondie quest, looking for treats to bake for a sad friend. I have made those blondies about ten times since then -- they're the best blondies I've ever had!
Blondies, suggested by Jennalynn and DIVINE --