This is my husband’s very favorite (and I mean, favorite as in he makes all sorts of happy grunting sounds when he eats it) chicken recipe. It isn’t a true vintage recipe but it is easy to make and tastes like a million bucks!
This recipe is adapted from Crazy Plates: Low-Fat Food So Good, You’ll Swear It’s Bad for You! by Janet and Greta Podleski. The cookbook has a terminal case of cuteness and pun-ness but I found this recipe in it, so you can’t just the book by it’s cover (or punniness). This recipe is called Celine Dijon Chicken. I don’t worry about using the low-fat version of foods, so that is the major adaptation. I also double the sauce.
You will need:
1 cup unsweetened apple juice
1 Tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 Tablespoon lemon juce
1 large shallot, minced
1/2 tsp. dried thyme
1/4 tsp. dried rosemary
1/8 tsp. black pepper
2 tsp. oil
4 chicken breast halves (I’ve also used breast cutlets–actually, any chicken will probably work)
1/2 cup dairy sour cream
2 tsp. honey
2 tsp. cornstarch
Combine apple juice, Dijon mustard, lemon juice, shallot, herbs, and pepper in a small bowl. Set aside.
Heat oil in medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken and cook for 2 to 3 minutes on each side, until lightly browned.
Add the apple juice mixture. Reduce heat to medium. Simmer, covered, for 5 to 7 minutes, until chicken is no longer pink.
Remove chicken from skillet and keep warm.
Gently boil the remaining liquid for 3 minutes, until slightly reduced. While the liquid is boiling, mix the sour cream, honey, and cornstarch in a small bowl.
Add to the liquid in the skillet. Cook and stir until sacue is bubbly and has thickened.
Pour sauce over warm chicken and serve immediately. (We usually cut a chicken breast in half–a serving of chicken is supposed to be 3-4 ounces…most chicken breasts are at least twice that size because they are bred to be enormous)
Perfect side dishes are garlic mashed potatoes (toss in a couple of cloves of garlic when you boil the potatoes–mash as usual) and broccoli/green vegetable combination.
This is a VERY filling meal. You won’t need much and there won’t be room for dessert.