Thursday, February 25, 2010

Okay/Chicken with Creamy Dill and Mushroom Sauce

So, I've been really..really...really busy with school and work lately. So I'm sorry I've been neglecting you. I really am. I hope that pretty soon, I will be able to work on getting more recipes. As for right now, try this one out. I, once again, do not have a picture. BUT, I will get a camera eventually. After...I pay for college. I kinda threw this together, but I love it...so I hope you do to.

Chicken with Creamy Dill and Mushroom Sauce

4 Large Chicken Breasts (thawed)
16 oz container of mushrooms (i used the white button ones, but its your choice)
8 oz container of heavy whipping cream
6 tablespoons of chopped fresh dill
3 tablespoons butter
4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon garlic (minced)
1 cup of grated Italian Blend cheese
Thyme (dried or fresh) to season chicken (little goes a long way)
Salt and Pepper to taste

1.) Chop up the dill and set 4 tablespoons of it to the side.
2.) Season your defrosted chicken with the thyme.
3.) Heat pan and add 1 tablespoon of oil. Put your seasoned chicken in the pan with the 1 tablespoon of minced garlic. Throw in the 4 tablespoons of dill.
4.) Cook the chicken through, then remove the chicken from the pan. If you cut all your mushrooms in half while you're waiting for the chicken to cook, it saves time.
5.) Throw your halved mushrooms in the same pan and cook until mushrooms have reached prefer ed texture.
6.) Add 3 tablespoons of butter and 3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil. Melt butter on medium heat.
7.) Add the 8 oz of heavy whipping cream to the pan and season it with salt and pepper. After the heavy cream reduces a little, stir in the Italian cheese blend and make sure it melts completely.
8.) Plate your chicken and ladle out the sauce over it. Garnish with leftover dill.

TIPS:
1.) Fresh Dill often has a thick stem on it. You do not want this stem in your dish. When you're chopping your dill, make sure that you try to get as much of the stems off as you can.
2.) Remember, you cook the meat first for a reason! After being cooked, the chicken will leave behind some grease and some flavor crystals on the bottom of the pan. DO NOT clean your pan after cooking the chicken because you need that flavor for your dill and mushroom sauce.
3.) When buying your Italian Cheese Blend, look for something that has a harder cheese in it, like Parmesan. The harder cheeses mixed with softer cheeses with keep your sauce at the right consistency. If you JUST have mozzarella cheese, you may encounter a problem when you start to melt the cheese in the sauce. Besides, the cheese blend tastes better!




Okay guys, this one's definitely a killer! I know most people feed more than 4 people around here, so if you have a big family (like me) don't be afraid to double or even triple your recipe. Just make sure that you do the math right, or it'll turn out kinda funkkky!

And if you have kids at home, and want this chicken dinner night to be a family affair...
do something fun!
Like? Dessert!
Chocolate Covered Strawberries are a great dessert for this dish. The dish is super rich and creamy, which makes this light fruit covered with a thin layer of chocolate a good ending to a meal.
Its fun to get your kids to help make them! Just make sure you're wearing...chocolate worthy clothing. It could get messy.
All you have to do is:
1.) Buy strawberries and microwavable dipping chocolate (available in the baking section of your grocery store)
2.) Wash strawberries and heat chocolate in the microwave. (Read the instructions because I don't really remember how long it takes)
3.) Lay out a piece of wax paper on some sort of baking sheet.
4.) Dip the red ends of the strawberries in the chocolate, twirl to get of excess chocolate, and set on wax paper.
5.) Either let the strawberries sit in the icebox overnight, or put them in the freezer for about 20 minutes to let them harden.
Then, ENJOY! :)


Easy, peasy, awesome. Strawberries aren't just fun for the kids but they're romantic too. Mmmhhmm. That's right. Send the kids to Grandmas and get to the McLuvin. Haha.

Whether you're at home with the family, with friends, or with the love of your life, this dish is sure to be a favorite.


Thanks for tuning in! Sorry for my negligence! I am officially trying harder to make this blog happen.
With Love,
Stephanie

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