Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Skillet Rosemary Chicken

Chicken . . . so versatile . . . yet the question always remains . . .

What to do with chicken that is new and appealing?

It is during these "bored of food" times that I have found some of my favorite recipes. Looks like this time my search for new recipes has a real winner.

The compliment of rosemary with chicken has always produced delicious results with my roast chicken that I stuff with rosemary, lemons, onion and garlic. The simplicity of cooking these simple ingredients in a skillet sounds like a great idea to use with the bagged frozen chicken tenderloins (skinless and boneless) that I love to use since they require no cleaning and I don't like chicken skin.

My spin on this recipe will be to make it stir-fry style,
with the chicken tenderloins cut into bite sized pieces,
served over white rice.

By the way, my favorite source of finding new recipes is the Food Network Website!


3/4 pound small red-skinned potatoes, halved, or quartered if large
Kosher salt
2 sprigs fresh rosemary, plus 1 tablespoon leaves
1 clove garlic, smashed
Pinch of red pepper flakes
Juice of 2 lemons (squeezed halves reserved)
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
4 skin-on, bone-in chicken breasts (6 to 8 ounces each)
10 ounces cremini mushrooms, halved


Preheat the oven to 450. Cover the potatoes with cold water in a saucepan and salt the water. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat and cook until tender, about 8 minutes; drain and set aside.

Pile the rosemary leaves, garlic, 2 teaspoons salt and the red pepper flakes on a cutting board, then mince and mash into a paste using a large knife. Transfer the paste to a bowl. Stir in the juice of 1 lemon and the olive oil. Add the chicken and turn to coat.

Heat a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chicken, skin-side down, cover and cook until the skin browns, about 5 minutes. Turn the chicken; add the mushrooms and potatoes to the skillet and drizzle with the juice of the remaining lemon.

Add the rosemary sprigs and the squeezed lemon halves to the skillet; transfer to the oven and roast, uncovered, until the chicken is cooked through and the skin is crisp, 20 to 25 minutes.

Per serving: Calories 413; Fat 23 g (Saturated 5 g); Cholesterol 87 mg; Sodium 1,055 mg; Carbohydrate 19 g; Fiber 2 g; Protein 32 g

Photograph by Antonis Achilleos

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