Thursday, March 29, 2012

Lemony Chicken with Artichoke Hearts

I'm not a big fan of lemons, but my children are.  They eat lemon slices by the bowlful when the server brings them when we go out to eat and I order a diet coke with lemon.  I thought that maybe they'd like this dish and they'd get to try artichoke hearts - something I wasn't sure that they've tried before, but that I love (especially with spinach in a dip!).  Although this takes some time to cook, most of it is simmering and not hands-on time, so you can do other things and just check on the pan every once in awhile. I served the chicken over spaghetti.  My daughter was happy as long as she didn't get any artichokes (though she did try her required one bite).  My son ate some spaghetti, which had the sauce on it.  Overall, it was not bad, but not something I'd be making again (not that I usually repeat recipes).

Lemony Chicken with Artichoke Hearts
recipe very slightly adapted from - by GURTRUG

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes

1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
2 lemons, juiced
1 cup chicken broth
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1/4 cup white wine
1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
1 bay leaf
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 (14 ounce) can artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/4 cup water

1.Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Combine the flour and salt on a plate, then gently press the chicken breasts into the flour mixture to coat. Shake off the excess flour. Arrange the chicken in the skillet and cook until browned on each side, about 10 minutes. Add the lemon juice, chicken broth, Worcestershire sauce, white wine, garlic, bay leaf, and basil. Bring to a boil, then cover and simmer on low heat for 15 minutes. Stir in the artichoke hearts, and continue simmering until the chicken is no longer pink in the center, about 15 minutes more.

2.Mix the cornstarch and water in a small bowl. Stir the mixture into the chicken, and continue cooking until thickened, about 5 minutes.

Family Rating: 1 thumb up.

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