Savory chicken with lemon cream sauce. Sound delicious, right? It is. It’s also really easy.
It was one of those evenings when I’d managed to procrastinate until the last minute to plan dinner, and I stood staring at an unappetizing plate of raw chicken…wondering what on earth to do with it. None of the old standbys sounded good, and my creativity was running low. I asked my husband if he had any ideas. “Do something Mediterranean with it,” he suggested. “What about a lemon cream sauce?” Suddenly, the chicken on the plate stopped looking boring and started looking full of potential! I checked the internet and found a promising recipe at Taste of Home. I altered it a bit to make it gluten free and organic, and in no time we had a new family favorite!
Start with organic, free-range chicken breasts. I used four of them, cut into pieces and tossed with a little gluten free flour (you can use organic coconut flour, rice flour, or wheat flour if you’d like). Then, I melted some coconut oil in a pan and cooked the chicken pieces, making sure they were browned all the way around.
In the same pan that you cooked the chicken, add some chicken broth (here’s how to make it yourself!). Bring the broth to a simmer, stirring up all the bits of chicken left in the pan as you do. Let the broth reduce by about a third, then add some organic cream and lemon juice. Finally, mix a little of the flour you used on the chicken in with some cream, and add it to the sauce to thicken it. The sauce is rich, creamy, and so savory! It’s excellent on vegetables, too.
Once your sauce is done, put the cooked chicken back into the pan and let it heat just a bit. It’s ready to serve! This meal is wonderful with roasted broccoli and garlic mashed cauliflower and potatoes. You could also add mushrooms, capers, or artichoke hearts and serve it over cooked pasta! If you’d like to make the sauce vegan, you could use vegetable broth and coconut milk instead of the cream and chicken broth. It’s very versatile, and it adds an exotic flare to dinner…without taking a lot of time or using ingredients you might not have on hand in your kitchen. I’ll be making this one again soon!
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What new ideas have you tried with chicken?
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