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Having literally loads of boneless skinless chicken breasts because I buy in bulk whenever they are on sale, I’m always looking for different ways to make them. Personally I find them too dry to bake so I try to introduce sauce into the mix and I prefer to cook them stovetop so they don’t overcook.
I visit Allrecipes often because there I find lots of every-day-type meals that have many photos from folks who’ve actually made the recipe and lots of reviews where cooks tell it like it is! And that’s where I found the original recipe for this chicken.
One thing I didn’t care for and changed was the way the chicken is cooked. Originally, it was done on a BBQ grill. There were instructions for oven, but as I said before, I prefer not to cook this cut by either of those methods.
So what I did was bread them with Italian-flavored bread crumbs and saute them in a bit of olive oil. Another thing I always do is hammer chicken breast to a uniform thickness so the cutlet cooks evenly. I also find it tenderized them some and does prevent them from becoming too dry. One more plus to doing this is they cook faster–and that always helps with this less-juicy cut.
I also changed the proportion of garlic and cheese. I wanted the cheese to be at best a condiment and let the garlic shine through. I also found that this needed double the amount of flour because the sauce was on the thin side for my taste.
After I cooked the chicken, I did something I rarely do–wiped out the pan with a paper towel. Reason is, I wanted the sauce to be totally white and not get discolored from the browned bits in the pan. If you don’t mind a slight discoloration, then don’t wipe out the pan. Your sauce, of course, will have more flavor because the browny bits are loaded with flavor.
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Chicken with Creamy Garlic Sauce
- 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
- 1/2 cup half-and-half -OR- light cream
- 1 - 1 1/2 cups Italian flavor bread crumbs
- 2 tbsp olive oil divided
- 2 tbsp butter
- 2 tbsp finely minced garlic
- 2 tbsp flour
- 1/2 cup chicken stock
- 1 cup cream heavy cream preferred
- 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 2 oz softened cream cheese
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp white pepper
- Using a meat mallet (smooth side), pound each breast between sheets of plastic wrap or wax paper to 1/4-inch thickness. This will give you a pretty large piece of chicken, so what I do is cut each pounded-down breast in half lengthwise.
- Heat a large skillet over medium heat; add 1 tbs of the olive oil.
- Dip each piece of chicken in the cream, letting excess cream drip off, then dredge in the Italian bread crumbs. You will probably have to cook the chicken in 2 batches.
- Place chicken in hot skillet, browning well on each side, about 5 minutes each side, until chicken tests done (175 degrees F or juices run clear when you cut.
- Add remaining 1 tbs of oil and repeat browning with remaining chicken.
- Place chicken on a platter, cover and keep warm in a 200 degree F oven.
- Wipe out the skillet, if desired.
- Melt the butter over medium heat and add the garlic.
- Cook garlic until it becomes fragrant--about 3-5 minutes--don't let it brown!
- Add the flour and blend it well into the butter/garlic. Let this cook about 1 minute.
- Slowly add the chicken stock stirring constantly until there are no lumps.
- Slowly blend in the cream then add the salt and pepper. Cook for about 5 minutes.
- Add the Parmesan and cream cheese and stir until the cream cheese melts and blends into the sauce.
- Pour sauce over chicken and serve immediately.
- Serves 4 hearty appetites, 8 light appetites