This was an easy, yet elegant dinner to have during the week or for a special occasion with company.  In this recipe we used 3 medium sized chicken breast (leftovers tomorrow) but it would be lovely with skinless boneless chicken thighs as well.  In terms of seasoning we used both fresh herbs and dried, a dish that would be lovely with pasta, rice or potatoes.

3 medium sized skinless, boneless chicken breasts cut in half horizontally so you have 6 pieces

1 Tblsp. Olive Oil, 1 Tblsp. butter

Seasoning blend:  I use this one

1/4 cup diced dried tomatoes, in oil, pat excess off with a paper towel

1 sliced shallot

1 cup chicken bone broth, plus extra to make a slurry

1/2 Tblsp. White Balsamic Vinegar

1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, plus extra to sprinkle on top

2/3 cup lactose free half and half cream

3-4 tsp. potato starch

1/2 tsp. dried basil, 1 tsp. dried oregano, 1/2 tsp. dried fennel

minced fresh basil to sprinkle on top before serving

salt and pepper to taste

Heat up a dutch oven on medium heat with the Olive oil and butter.  Once your chicken has been cut, lightly season with your favourite season blend.  Place in the dutch over - I did 2 batches to not overcrowd the pan.  Lightly sear each chicken breast, both sides, about 5-6 minutes in total - they will continue to cook in the broth.  Place chicken on a plate to the side.

To the pan add the sliced shallot and diced sun dried tomatoes.  Saute about 5 minutes, or until the shallots are soft.

Return the chicken to the pan, and sprinkle the dried herbs through out the chicken.  Add the bone broth, white balsamic vinegar, scraping up any brown bits in the pan.  Season with salt and pepper.  Turn down to a low low simmer, lid on and cook 15-20 minutes until the chicken is cooked through.

Make a slurry with the potato starch and a splash of bone broth.  Slowly add to the liquid, stirring through out until lightly thickened.  Pour in the cream mixing well.  Remove from heat and stir in the Parmesan cheese and sprinkle fresh basil over top.   Serve along side any side dishes, adding a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese to the top of the chicken.  Asiago is also a nice choice to sprinkle on top.


Ina Gawne
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September 6, 2023