Chicken with Sun Dried Tomato Cream Sauce
chicken breast, boneless, skinless (1 per person) Olive Oil to coat pan butter Shallots, chopped fine Garlic, peeled and chopped fine Mushrooms, canned or fresh, sliced Sun Dried Tomatoes packed in oil Chicken stock or fruity white wine Half and Half or Cream pasta or other starch of choice, cooked
In between sheets of wet plastic wrap or in a large zip-top bag pound the chicken breast to about 1/2 to 1/4 inch thick. The goal is to have an even thickness. Thinner cooks faster. Add olive oil to a skillet over medium to medium-high heat. Use enough to coat the bottom of the pan. I also add butter for extra flavor and wait until the butter completely melts and stops bubbling before adding the chicken.
Sauté the chicken until done. Depending on the thickness it should be done by the time the outside starts to get some brown color. Remove chicken from pan, cover and set aside. Sauté the shallots for a minute or so until tender. Add garlic and sauté one more minute. Add mushrooms and sun dried tomatoes and heat through being careful not to burn them. Deglaze the pan with a little chicken stock or other flavorful liquid being careful to scrape up all the brown bits on the bottom of the pan. Add enough cream while stirring to make a rich sauce and reduce heat to simmer. Slice the chicken across the grain in bite sized pieces, add to sauce. Simmer uncovered stirring occasionally until sauce is reduced to your desired thickness.
Serve over egg noodles, fettuccine or your favorite pasta. I like the Lemon Basil pasta from Trader Joe's.
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