Food on Fridays – Chicken Breasts with Tomato-Herb Pan Sauce


So here is where I try to motivate myself to make at least one yummy thing each week – and to get you to do it with me (grin).  I am a little limited because one of the burners is out on the oven and I have to call Ackerman’s ($$$) to come over to look at it and hopefully fix it next week.  So everything has to be stove top (since Chip converted our gas grill to a charcoal grill and its in the backyard and he basically has taken the dang thing over).

I am a magazine cook.  I like to have a picture of what it is supposed to look like at the end to compare with what I made – usually not the same but it at least gives me something to strive for.  My favorite magazine for cooking recipes is Bon Appetit.

This is the July 2011 issue, for those of you who don’t have it – and the issue I am working with this week.  They have a section each month called “Fast, Easy, Fresh”.  Seems to call my name – how about yours?  That is where this meal starts – with their recipe for    Chicken Breasts with Tomato-Herb Pan Sauce (page 41 of the magazine if you have it).  It says that the recipe can be made start to finish in 30 minutes – hence the “Fast”.  (That usually means 45 – 60 minutes considering my young help but that’s still pretty good for us.)  The ingredients are pretty simple.  The below quantities are only for 2 servings.  Obviously we will triple (or more) everything to feed my family.

Basically you make a herb butter by mixing the first five ingredients together.  Then you saute your chicken in half of the herb butter until the pink is gone and your chicken is cooked – about 5 minutes per side.  Then remove the chicken, turn your heat to high, add your tomatoes and cook them until they start to char and burst – stirring occasionally.  The tomatoes take about 5 minutes.  Then add your remaining herb butter to the tomatoes, crush the tomatoes enough to release the juices, stir for a minute, add salt and pepper if you want (I won’t – never do), and then put the tomato sauce over the chicken and garnish with parsley.

I think this with a fresh salad and some italian bread will make a nice dinner without heating up the kitchen too much.

The only negative with this recipe is that they did not give me a picture – but I don’t think I need it on this one.

So are you in with me on this one?  My hope is that you try it too sometime next week and we can compare notes next Friday when I will post what we did and how it came out along with what we are going to try the following week.  Post in the comments if you have other recipes you all want to try.  Danielle, I know you found a great macaroni and cheese recipe that would be great to do here, but I can’t until the oven is fixed.   This is a good one because it is quick, simple ingredients and we don’t need any special gadgets to make it.

By the time my boys finally move out on their own, they at least will know how to cook!

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About Shelly R.

I am a Mother, a daughter, a sister, a wife, an attorney, a crafter and the granddaughter of an amazing woman - my Polish Grandmother. My Grandmother gave me so much, through her love and her patience, her sayings and her time teaching me how to craft and to give to others, that it seemed fitting to share some of that wisdom, to tell some of her story, and to chat about life and crafts in a way that would be a testament to what she gave me.
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2 Responses to Food on Fridays – Chicken Breasts with Tomato-Herb Pan Sauce

  1. danielle says:

    Hmmmm…my first instinct was to immediately say no way, too much work. But then I thought more about it, and read through the recipe again, and I think I will try it next week. I’m always whining that we eat the same stuff every week, and we need to try new recipes….so maybe I’ll start with this! And that Mac and Cheese recipe was AMAZING. I’ve got to have mom try making that one too….it was really easy….(it would have to be for me to make it.)

    • Shelly R. says:

      Believe me that the mac and cheese is first on the list once the oven is working again. This recipe really seemed simple and I thinkit is the combination of fresh cherry tomatoes with melted butter and fresh herbs that will give it its taste. I had a fresh cole slaw recipe to go with it but after thinking about it decided they would clash so I am going to wait before doing that one. Plus if I set the recipe on Friday, I can check at the Farmers Market on the weekend to see if I can get any of the ingredients there on Sunday. The boys are always game for a day in the kitchen. Maybe Emmet will join you in cooking it and we can get both boy’s perspectives. Take pictures and we can each post about it on our blogs next Friday. Hee Hee. Mike did such a great job setting up your blog, I have to get you to use it more.

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