Friday, January 22, 2016

Chicken with Sun-dried Tomato Cream Sauce

Well, it's been forever since I've done a recipe post. That's because I am trying fewer new recipes these days for SPD, and I've already shared a whole lot of my old favorites with you.

But, occasionally I come across a recipe that is not new to us and is well loved, that I never got around to sharing here.

Today's recipe is one of those.

Chicken with Sun-dried Tomato Sauce.

It is the perfect combination of the dependability of chicken, cooked in a rich cream sauce that features the full bodied flavor of sun-dried tomatoes. It is all topped off with colorful ribbons of fresh basil.

Quite delicious!

We've enjoyed this recipe with pasta, rice, and couscous-all good absorbers of the amazing sauce.

To be noted...the recipe on its own is gluten-free. I really wouldn't call it healthy. Not by a long shot. But, delicious, yes.

Chicken with Sun-dried Tomato Cream Sauce
Prep time: 20 minutes, Coo time: 30 minutes, Total time: 50 minutes
4 to 8 bone-in chicken thighs, skin on
kosher salt, freshly ground black pepper
2 Tbsp butter
3 cloves garlic
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
1 cup chicken broth
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
1/3 cup julienned sun-dried tomatoes
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 tsp thyme
1/4 tsp oregano
1/4 tsp basil
1/4 cup basil leaves

-Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
-Wash chicken thighs and season with salt and pepper.
-Melt 2 Tbsp butter in an oven proof skillet over medium high heat. Add chicken, skin side down, and sear until golden brown, about 3-4 minutes per side. Set aside.
-Mince garlic.
-Lower heat to medium. Add garlic and red pepper flakes to the skillet, and cook, stirring, until fragrant, 1-2 minutes. Stir in the chicken broth, heavy cream, sun-dried tomatoes, parmesan, thyme, oregano, and 1/4 tsp basil. Bring to a boil, and cook until slightly thickened, about 3-5 minutes.
-Return chicken to the skillet, and roast in the 400 degree oven until cooked through, about 25-30 minutes.
-Cook rice or pasta if desired.
-Cut the basil leaves into strips.
-Serve immediately over rice or pasta, garnished with the basil leaves.

Hope you have an amazing weekend!