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Chicken Pomodoro

Recipe: Chicken Pomodoro

Remarks:

Servings:
Serves 4

Ingredients:

    4 boneless and skinless chicken breasts
    Salt, pepper and flour
    2 Tbl vegetable oil
    1/2 cup vodka
    1 cup chicken broth
    2 Tbl fresh lemon juice
    2 cups diced tomatoes (Canned tomatoes are just fine. Use the ones with roasted garlic included if you can find them. Drain off the excess juice.)
    1/2 cup heavy cream or half and half
    1 bunch scallions, minced

Instructions:

    Remove the chicken breasts from the package and wash. Set aside.

    In a large storage bag, put in one-half cup of flour, a half teaspoon of salt and a half teaspoon of pepper (or to taste). Shake the combination until well mixed. Now, one at a time, add the chicken breasts. Shake them until they're coated with flour. Set each one aside as you've gotten it coated. Toss out any leftover coating mixture. Depending on how big your chicken breasts are, it might even take a bit more flour. That's hard for me to predict.

    Heat the vegetable oil on Medium High and add the chicken breasts, breast-side down first. Sauté until that side of the chicken is golden brown. This should take just a few minutes. Turn over and lightly brown the underside of the chicken breast.

    Remove the chicken from the sauté pan and put it in an ovenproof dish. Do NOT wash out the sauté; pan! Put the chicken in the oven at 400 degrees to finish the chicken by roasting it. This should take no more than 20 minutes to a half hour.

    While the chicken is in the oven, you are going to finish your sauce. Use the same pan that has the drippings in it. With the stove burner turned OFF, deglaze the pan by pouring in the vodka.DO NOT DO THIS WITH THE BURNER ON or you'll risk singing your eyebrows or worse! Use a wooden spoon to scrape up the bits in the bottom of the pan. Add the chicken broth and the lemon juice. You'll want to reduce this mixture by about 25%. Do this on Medium High heat. Then add the tomatoes and the heavy cream. Turn to Medium Low. You are just trying to get the sauce to start to thicken up. Stir often.

    When the sauce is finished, turn off the burner if the chicken is not ready yet. You can re-heat the sauce in a few minutes when the chicken is finished. To test your chicken, you can cut a small slice into it; if the juices run clear and you don't see pink, you're ready to go.

Serving Suggestions:

    Put the chicken on the plate. Spoon sauce on top and then sprinkle with the green onion pieces for color. If you are serving the dish with potatoes and a veggie, you can sprinkle the whole plate with the onions and it will look like big city food.

Enjoy!

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