Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Pan Seared Airline Breast

I'm always on the look out for a new recipe involving chicken, esspecially if I think I can substitute in boneless skinless chicken breast. I found this recipe on an episode of Guy's Big Bite and knew I wanted to try it. It's loaded with flavor and the chicken came out juicy and tender with plenty of spice coming from the black pepper, so be prepared to scale it back if your not a big fan of the pepper.

4 full chicken breasts, (ribs removed and wing intact)
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup julienned yellow onion
1 cup trimmed julienned leeks
2 tablespoons roughly chopped garlic
1 cup jarred pitted Spanish olives, plus 1 tablespoon olive juice
1/2 cup white wine
Pinch freshly chopped thyme leaves
2 tablespoons butter

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Rinse and pat dry the chicken. Preheat a heavy-bottomed skillet over medium heat. combine paprika, granulated garlic, salt and pepper, in a small bowl. Rub seasoning mix all over the chicken. When skillet is hot, add oil and sear chicken, skin side first, turn over and sear other side. Remove to a sheet ray and put into the preheated oven to cook through, about 15 minutes.

To the pan you used to sear the chicken, add in to the onions and leeks. Saute for 4 to 5 minutes or until lightly caramelized. Add garlic and olives and olive juice. Saute for 2 minutes more, then deglaze the pan with white wine. Reduce wine by half. Finish sauce by stirring in thyme and butter. Adjust seasoning, if necessary, and keep warm.

When chicken is done. remove from oven, place on serving platter, and pour any juices into vegetable mixture. Pour over chicken and serve immediately.

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