Sunday, May 1, 2011

Chicken with Dill Pickle Sauce

Years ago, my mom tried a Dill Pickle Pot Roast recipe she found in a cookbook from Jeff Smith, the Frugal Gourmet.  For someone who absolutely hated pot roast, this turned out to be my favorite way to prepare.  So, when I found this recipe for Chicken with Dill Pickle Sauce, I was very excited to make it.

The light flour dredging gives the chicken some substance and holds the sauce but does not have the heavy breaded taste.  I also used the homemade zesty dill pickles I put up over the summer.  The recipe was prepared as written and I really can't think of any modifications for the dish.   

I served the chicken with couscous and cauliflower but the next time I will definitely make it over egg noodles or mashed potatoes.

 Chicken with Dill Pickle Sauce

4  6-ounce skinless, boneless chicken breasts
    Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
    All-purpose flour for dredging
2  tablespoons unsalted butter
1  medium onion; chopped
1  tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
1  cup chicken broth
2  large egg yolks
1/2  cup coarsely chopped dill pickles, plus 1/3 cup juice from the jar
5  scallions, finely chopped
1/4  cup chopped fresh parsley

1.  Slice the chicken breasts in half horizontally to make 8 thin cutlets.  Season with salt and pepper and dredge in flour.  Heat the butter in a large skillet over high heat.  Add the chicken in batches and cook until browned and cooked through, 3 to 4 minutes per side.  Transfer to plate. 

2.  Add the onion, thyme and 1/2 teaspoon salt to the skillet.  Cook until the onion is golden, about 5 minutes. Add the chicken broth and cook until slightly reduced, 3 to 4 minutes.  Reduce the heat to medium low.

3.  Meanwhile, mix the egg yolks, pickles, pickle juice, scallions and parsley in a bowl.  Stir into the broth and cook, stirring, until the sauce begins to thicken, about 1 minute.  Add the chicken to the skillet and cook until the sauce thickens and the chicken is heated through, about 5 minutes (do not boil).  


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