Free-Range Chicken Breast with Lemon-Olive Oil Pan Sauce

by Cate on January 8, 2004

Recipe courtesy of Rachael Ray (as printed in OK! magazine)

3 T extra virgin olive oil
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (6 oz, pounded to 1/4″)
salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
3 T butter
2 shallots, thinly sliced
2 T flour
2 cups chicken stock
1/4 cup heavy cream
3 lemons, peel and pits removed and segments carefully cut out, reserve juice
1/2 cup Sicilian green olives, pitted, halved lengthwise
1/2 cup flat-leaf parsley leaves, roughly chopped

Add 1-2 T of oil to nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.  Season the chicken breast with salt and pepper and add to the hot pan.  Cook through about 2 minutes per side.  Remove the chicken from the skillet and cover with foil to keep warm.

Turn skillet down to medium-low, add butter and shallots and let cook until translucent, about 3-4 minutes.  Sprinkle flour and cook, while stirring, for about 1-2 minutes.

Whisk in the chicken stock and heavy cream; bring to bubble and simmer about 4-5 minutes.  When the sauce is done, mix in the lemon, olives and flat-leaf parsley and return the chicken to the pan.  For a little extra zip, add a T or two of the reserved lemon juice.

To serve, cut the chicken into 2-3 pieces and place on a platter.  Spoon the pan sauce over the top and serve alongside roasted potatoes and sauteed green beans.

Serves 4-6 people.

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Raezin January 13, 2009 at 1:36 am

I just thought you might want to know — I made this for dinner and it turned out *great*. I’m a big fan of lemon. It’s such a happy flavor.

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April September 28, 2009 at 7:21 pm

Served over pasta–it is fantastic.

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