Its a chilly late spring night and I just didn’t feel like salad. When its cold and rainy, suddenly thick sauces and hearty stews come to mind. Or hot soup, even. I wanted something warm and filling and easy to make and within the limited ingredients in my fridge.
If you ever need one solitary chicken breast to stretch into multiple meals or feed multiple people, this is the way to go. The sauce is simple, and bursting with flavour. I serve it over red quinoa but you can serve it with rice, pasta, or mashed potatoes. Bump it up with some freshly roasted broccoli.
That was my dinner. *happy grin*
Chicken N Bacon
- 2-3 strips bacon
- 1 chicken breast
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1/2 cup white wine or sherry, 1/4 cup marsala, or 1/4 cup white vermouth
- 1/4 cup rice milk, almond milk, coconut milk, or table cream or whipping cream, or yogurt
- pinch salt
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- Slice the chicken breast into thin strips and then cut them in half so you have bite-sized pieces.
- Chop the onion, and add to a hot skillet (don’t use non stick for this recipe, I’ll explain later).
- Cut the bacon in small pieces and add.
- Toss in the chicken pieces. Cook everything on high heat till browned on one side, then flip over the ingredients as much as possible, till browned on both sides. You should have lots of brown crust sticking to the pan. The bacon should be as crispy as possible- and the onions caramelized.
- Take the chicken mixture of the pan and put in a separate container.
- Turn up the heat to maximum, and add your choice of alcohol plus the lemon juice to deglaze the bottom. (which is why non-stick won’t work). Boil till the liquid reduces to your preferance. Serve over quinoa (cook the same way as rice), rice, pasta, or potatoes, with a side of roasted broccoli.
- Add the chicken and onions and bacon back to the pan, and put in your splash of milk. Turn down the heat, and simmer until everything is fully incorporated. If you want the sauce thicker, take1 tsp of tapioca or corn starch, mix with 2 tsp water, then add to the simmering mix till sauce thickens.