Monday, May 23, 2005

Chicken "Provencale"

I've been making this light, tasty dish for several years. I love it. The bright crisp flavors of the vegetables that have been lightly sauteed, then simmered in white wine with fresh basil and lemon on top. It's a perfect dish for a hot summer lunch.

Serves 4

4 Chicken breasts, boneless, skinless

1/2 cup Flour
Salt and Pepper
Dried Parsley (optional)
Cayenne Pepper (optional and to taste)

2 Tablespoons Olive oil
1 green bell pepper, diced
1 small or medium onion, diced
3-4 cloves, garlic, minced
4-6 Roma tomatoes, seeded and diced
6-8 leaves of basil, fresh, chopped
1 cup dry white wine
1 lemon, zested and juiced

Dredge the chicken in the flour that has been seasoned with salt, pepper and if you wish, parsley and cayenne pepper.

Heat the oil in a large, heavy skillet over medium high heat. Add chicken and saute until golden brown and delicious, depending on the thickness of the chicken, 3-6 minutes.

Remove and set aside and keep warm. Add the onions, toss to coat in oil, allow to saute for 1 minute. Add the garlic and peppers to the pan. Saute another 2 minutes. Add the tomatoes and basil. Cook for 2 minutes. Add the lemon juice and zest.

Add the wine and simmer for 2 minutes. Check the seasonings. Spoon over the warm chicken.

Serve with linguine if you want.


1 comment:

Dancer in DC said...

Easy and delicious - a nice dish to pull out when you have guests and are short on time (or $).