Sunday, April 11, 2010

Chicken with Creamy Mushrooms and Snap Peas

Chicken with Creamy Mushrooms and Snap Peas | Taste As You Go

I have been at my job for just over three months now and, slowly, responsibilities and tasks and obligations that had been delegated to others are finding their way back to my desk since I've proven that I have a brain, that I know how to use it, and that I won't crack under the pressure when asked to do so. One of those responsibilities is that of the Business Unit Manager for my department (ooooh...), meaning I'm in charge of making sure that everyone follows the rules of document retention set in place by our corporate headquarters.

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Stay with me, I have a point.

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Document retention goes hand-in-hand with document purging. So, inspired by the chance to weed through the stacks of paperwork in her office, my boss has been trying to go through a pile every few days, giving me things to file, to toss, to mark for off-site storage, etc. As a result, I found myself with a stack of back issues of the Food Network Magazine on my desk, issues that were given to my boss months ago but never managed to find their way out of her office. While flipping through one of those issues, I came across this recipe for Chicken with Creamy Mushrooms and Snap Peas that I just had to try.

Chicken with Creamy Mushrooms and Snap Peas | Taste As You Go

The ingredients were easily accessible, the recipe was simple to prepare, and the resulting dish was just rich enough for me to start feeling guilty about cooking with heavy cream. (Then again, I still need to gain weight, so I suppose I should cook with heavy cream more often!)

I had plenty for dinner the night I made it and even more for leftovers for later in the week. And, oddly enough, every time I took a bite of it, I was actually reminded of a dish that my mother made on a regular basis that I hated -- chicken casserole made with chunks of chicken, white rice, and cream of mushroom soup. Those casseroles always came out of the oven looking gray and inedible and tasted like paste.

As I ate, I kept asking myself, "Why couldn't mom's casserole have tasted like this?"


Chicken with Creamy Mushrooms and Snap Peas
Printable Recipe

INGREDIENTS
  • 1 1/4 pounds chicken cutlets, trimmed of fat and patted dry
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • All-purpose flour, for dredging
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 8 ounces white button mushrooms, cleaned and quartered
  • 1 1/4 cups light and fat-free chicken broth
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 2 cups sugar snap peas, stemmed and halved lengthwise

INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Season the chicken cutlets with salt and pepper.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil to a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  3. Dredge 2 of the chicken cutlets in flour, shake off any excess and place in the skillet. Cook until golden, about 1 1/2-2 minutes per side.
  4. Transfer to a baking dish and cover loosely with aluminum foil. Repeat with the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil and the other 2 chicken cutlets.
  5. Add the butter to the hot skillet. Add the scallions and mushrooms and cook, stirring occasionally, until the mushrooms brown, about 4 minutes.
  6. Pour in the broth and bring mixture to a boil, scraping up any browned bits with a wooden spoon. Cook until the liquid has reduced by half, about 3-4 minutes.
  7. Add the cream and boil until the sauce thickens slightly, 3-4 more minutes. Stir in the snap peas. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  8. Lower the heat to medium and gently nestle the chicken cutlets into the cream sauce. Cook until the snap peas have heated through.
  9. Serve the chicken topped with the creamy vegetables.
Adapted from Food Network Magazine

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