I usually only get one day a week off, if I get that, and that's always taco night. Well, this week I had four days off and I wanted to try something new for dinner. So last night I made garlic chicken. And now you can too:
Garlic Chicken 'n' Gravy
prep/total time: 25 minutes.
4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (4 ounces each)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
5 garlic cloves, peeled and chopped
2 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons chicken broth, divided
1/2 cup white wine or additional broth (I went with the broth; no point in buy a bottle of white wine--I prefer red--if this dish sucks)
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper. In a large skillet, cook chicken and garlic in butter over medium-high heat for 5 minutes or until browned. Add 1/2 cup broth, wine or additional broth, basil and oregano. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 7-9 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink.
Remove chicken with a slotted spoon and keep warm. In a small bowl, combine flour and remaining broth until smooth; stir into pan juices. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 1-2 minutes or until thickened. Serve over chicken.
(from Taste of Home: Simple & Delicious Cookbook, Readers Digest Press, 2007)
I liked the chicken, and the garlic made the kitchen smell great. However, I forgot to halve the chicken, so I had these four HUGE, fat chicken breasts, and could only fit 2 in the skillet, so I had to use a second skillet to cook the other two. Instead of chopping ANOTHER 5 cloves of garlic, I just transferred half of what I already had cooking into the other skillet, halving the amount on each side. I think this was a big mistake; the chicken wasn't as garlic-y, in the end, as I'd hoped it would be. In fact, most of the real flavor in each bite came from the garlic/broth gravy I poured over it at the end. I need to try this one again, this time with the proper amount of garlic in the pan.
I served it with garlic roasted instant mashed potatoes and mac and cheese.