Marsala, an Italian wine, traditionally flavours this classic dish. The chicken breasts are sautéed and served on a bed of sautéed red pepper and carrot sticks. A thyme–marsala sauce is then poured over and the dish is served with linguine.
Place each chicken breast between 2 pieces of cling film/wrap and, working from the centre to the edges, pound lightly with a rolling pin to flatten.
Spread the flour onto a plate. Then coat each chicken breast in the flour, shaking off any excess, and transferring to a clean plate. Set aside.
Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in the pan over a medium heat, add the carrot strips and cook for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Add the red pepper, garlic, and seasoning to the pan and cook for a further 5 minutes, stirring occasionally until tender. Divide between the four plates and return to the oven to keep warm, while cooking the chicken.
You are now ready to cook the chicken. Depending on the size of your pan this may need to be done in two batches. So, pour the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil in the pan, add the chicken and, over a medium heat, cook for 4 minutes each side until cooked through. Place the chicken on top of the vegetables and keep warm in the oven.
Reduce the heat to very low and stir the wine and thyme into the pan. Scrape up any crusty bits from the bottom of the pan and stir for 1 minute. You just want the wine to warm through but don’t let it evaporate.
Pour the sauce over the chicken and vegetables. Serve with linguine.
Chicken strips are marinated in lemon and then stir-fried with broccoli florets, carrot sticks and spring onions/green onions and tossed in soy sauce. It is served over a bed of rice and is just perfect for a summer dish.
450g (1 lb) boneless chicken breasts cut into strips (4)
small head broccoli
340g (12 oz) carrots (6–8 medium)
2 tbsp olive oil
60ml (2 fl oz) water (¼ cup)
2 tbsp clarified butter*
2 spring onions/green onions cut into 2.5cm/1 inch pieces
1 tsp cornflour/cornstarch
1 tsp water
4 tbsp soy sauce
* To clarify butter, melt in a saucepan over a low heat. Skim off the clear liquid from the sediment that collects in the bottom. Discard sediment.
Large sauté pan with lid
Place the chicken strips in a non-metallic bowl. Finely cut the rind from a quarter of the lemon and put to one side. Squeeze the juice from the whole lemon (this should produce 3 tablespoons). Pour the lemon juice over the chicken and season with pepper. Refrigerate, covered, for at least 1 hour.
Cut or break the broccoli into small florets. Cut the carrots into 8cm (3 inch) batons.
Heat the oil over a high heat and add the broccoli florets and carrots. Stir-fry for 1 minute.
Add the water, then cover and reduce the heat to medium. Steam for 5 minutes until the vegetables are tender-crisp.
Make a well in the centre of the vegetables and add the butter, lemon rind, and onions.
Drain the chicken, reserving the marinade, and add to the pan. Stir-fry for 6 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through.
Combine the cornflour/cornstarch and water until smooth. Add to the pan along with the reserved lemon marinade and let it bubble for 1 minute until thickened.
2 Romano peppers /long red peppers or shepherd peppers
For the salad dressing
115g (4 oz) Mary Berry’s Special Mustard Dressing/Walden Farms Honey Dijon Dressing (⅓ cup)
1½ tsp clear/runny honey
1 small orange, juice only
A green salad and crusty rolls
Preheat the barbecue or grill/broiler.
Slice each chicken fillet in half to make 2 thinner fillets.
Stir together the garlic, tomato paste, olive oil, oregano and seasoning. Spread over both sides of the chicken.
Halve the peppers lengthways, de-seed and then cut into thin strips.
Whisk together the dressing with the honey and orange juice. and stir through the salad.
Barbecue or grill/broil the chicken for 5 minutes on each side until they are cooked through.
After the first 5 minutes of cooking the chicken, add the pepper strips to the barbecue or grill/broiler and cook for about 5 minutes, turning them a couple of times. They should be just soft but not blackened.
Divide the peppers between 4 plates, top with 2 pieces of chicken and serve with the salad, and crusty rolls on the side.
Chicken goujons are a great hit with young family members, with or without the mustard sauce. (They can always leave the creamy mustard sauce for the grown-ups!)
The lemon and thyme marinade makes the chicken really juicy and tender before it is covered in breadcrumbs and sautéed. Served with a creamy sauce which has a blend of mustards and a little horseradish for an extra kick.
3 large chicken breasts cut into strips, about 400g (14 oz)
1 tbsp fresh thyme leaves
2 tsp lemon juice
2 tbsp olive oil
1½ tbsp flour, seasoned
1 egg, beaten
2 tsp olive oil
1 cup fresh fine white breadcrumbs (2 slices bread)
oil for frying (not olive oil)
For the sauce
140ml (5 fl oz) crème fraîche (⅔ cup)
1½ tsp Dijon or English mustard
1½ tsp whole-grain mustard
½ tsp horseradish sauce
Can be served with sautéd potatoes (see recipe below) and fine green beans
For the goujons
Place the chicken strips in a shallow dish. Sprinkle over the thyme and lemon juice then add 5 teaspoons of the olive oil. Cover and leave to marinate for at least 2 hours.
Drain the chicken and toss in the seasoned flour, shaking off any excess.
Add 2 teaspoons olive oil to the beaten egg and dip the chicken strips into the mixture.
Finally roll in the breadcrumbs until well coated.
Place on a plate and chill for 15 minutes.
Heat a little oil in a large frying pan/skillet over a medium to low heat and add the chicken. Cook for 10 minutes, turning frequently, until crisp and golden all over. Drain on kitchen paper before serving.
For the sauce
Stir all the ingredients together until combined. Then serve separately in a bowl.
This chicken dish just takes 20 minutes to cook – one to choose when time is short. The chicken breasts, chunky potatoes and garlic are sautéed in olive oil and butter until crisp and then covered in a white wine sauce.
Preheat the oven to a low heat and put the serving dish in the oven to warm.
Peel and cut the potatoes into small chunks. Bring a pan of water to the boil and simmer the potatoes until just tender, about 15 minutes.
Season the chicken breasts.
Divide the butter and oil between the two pans.
Place one pan over a medium heat and when the butter is foaming add the chicken breasts and brown on both sides, about 5 minutes. Reduce the heat and continue to cook the chicken until it is cooked through, about 15 minutes.
Meanwhile, drain the potatoes when they are just tender and leave for a couple of minutes to dry out while you place the other pan over a medium heat. Once the butter is foaming add the potatoes with the garlic and turn to coat. Continue to cook until the potatoes are golden and crisp, turning occasionally.
When the chicken is ready, transfer it to a warm serving dish and keep warm in the oven. Add the potatoes and garlic once they are ready.
Pour the chicken stock and wine into the pan the chicken was cooked in and let it bubble over a high heat until reduced by half. Stir occasionally and scrape all the crispy bits from the bottom of the pan.
Pour over the chicken, potatoes and garlic and serve garnished with the parsley.
225g (8 oz) fine fresh white breadcrumbs (about 4 slices, or 3 cups)
A green salad
Preheat the oven to 200°C (400°F) (gas 6).
Beat together the butter, garlic, parsley and seasoning. Set aside.
Cut a slit along the thickest part of each chicken breast, 4cm (1½ inches) long and 2cm (¾ inch) deep. Push one-quarter of the butter mixture into each slit and secure with a cocktail stick.
Put the beaten eggs in a shallow bowl and spread the flour and breadcrumbs over separate plates. Coat each breast in the flour, tapping off any excess, then dip into the egg and coat in the breadcrumbs. Dip again in the egg and follow with a final coating of breadcrumbs.
Put the chicken on a greased baking tray and bake for 20 minutes until the chicken is cooked through and the breadcrumbs are golden.
Remove the cocktail sticks and serve with a salad.
Rice, whole green beans/extra fine whole green beans and tomatoes
Put the chicken in a baking dish.
Measure the soy sauce, honey, dry sherry, ginger and garlic cloves into a jug and whisk to combine. Then pour over the chicken. Turn the chicken in the sauce to coat. Cover and refrigerate for 6 hours turning the chicken a couple of times.
Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F) (gas 4).
Remove the chicken from the marinade and place in an ovenproof dish in a single layer. Reserve the marinade. Cover and bake in the oven for 20 minutes.
Remove from the oven, turn the chicken and baste with some of the reserved marinade. Return to the oven, uncovered, for a further 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, mix the cornflour/cornstarch in 2 teaspoons of water and stir into the reserved marinade. Pour into a small pan and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat to very low and keep warm.
Serve the chicken with rice, fine green beans and baked tomatoes accompanied with the teriyaki sauce.
Chicken breasts are marinaded in a garlic, orange and wine sauce with wholegrain mustard and Tabasco to give it a kick. The marinading is well worthwhile as is produces succulent chicken breasts with lots of flavour.
1 courgette/zucchini, halved lengthways then cut into 1cm/½ inch slices
2 × 400g/28 fl oz can chopped/diced tomatoes
20g fresh basil leaves, torn
1 tsp light brown soft sugar
salt and pepper
a large sauté pan
Preheat the grill/broiler for 10 minutes.
Place the peppers on a baking tray, skin side up, then grill/broil until the skin has blackened and blistered. Remove from the heat and place in a plastic food storage bag using tongs. Seal the bag and leave to become cool. (The steam that is released helps to lift the skin away from the flesh.)
Meanwhile, season the chicken. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in the pan. Add the chicken and, over a medium heat, brown on both sides. Transfer to a plate and keep warm.
Add the other tablespoon of oil to the pan, reduce the heat to low, add the onions and cook until softened and coloured around the edges, 10 minutes.
Next, add the garlic and courgette slices, cover the pan and cook for a further 4–5 minutes, until the courgettes have started to soften.
While the vegetables are cooking, peel off the skins of the peppers and cut the flesh into thin strips.
Finally, add the tomatoes, half the basil, sugar and peppers to the pan and season. Bring the sauce to a simmer, then return the chicken breasts to the pan, pushing them down into the pan. Cook, uncovered, over a gentle heat, for 20 minutes, turning the chicken halfway through.
Serve with fettuccine and the remaining basil scattered on top.
I have two recipes for chicken cacciatore. One I have already posted (see Chicken Cacciatore) and this one I call Chicken Hunter’s Style. We like both recipes although they are slightly different. As cacciatore means hunter in Italian, it seemed an appropriate way to be able to identify the two.
Chicken Hunter’s Style – breasts of chicken are cooked with diced bacon and onions, sliced mushrooms and plum tomatoes in a seasoned tomato sauce.
I have two recipes for chicken cacciatore. One I have already posted (see Chicken Hunter’s Style) and this one is called Chicken Cacciatore. We like both recipes although they are slightly different. As cacciatore means hunter in Italian, it seemed an appropriate way to be able to identify the two.
Chicken is sautéed and then cooked with chopped onions, sliced mushrooms and chopped tomatoes in a seasoned sauce. Rocket/arugula is then stirred through before serving.
seasonal vegetables or crusty bread to mop up the juices
deep sided sauté pan
Heat half the oil in the pan over a medium–high heat, add the chicken and brown on both sides, about 5 minutes. Remove the chicken and set aside.
Reduce the heat to medium, add the remaining oil to the pan and sauté the onion and mushrooms for 8 minutes, until beginning to soften.
Stir in the tomatoes, oregano, bay leaf and chicken stock, then return the chicken to the pan and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 20 minutes, turning the chicken halfway through, until the chicken is cooked and the sauce has thickened.
Remove the bay leaf, then season well and stir through the rocket/arugula.
This chicken and mixed cheese bake is made with bite-sized pieces of chicken, strips of bacon and mushrooms, sautéed and then baked in a mixed cheese sauce with a grated Parmesan and breadcrumb topping. A very simple dish that tastes really good.
Cut the bacon into thin strips. Heat the oil in a sauté pan and add the bacon. Cook over a medium heat until the bacon starts to crisp, about 5 minutes. Remove from the pan with a slotted spoon and set aside.
Cut the chicken into bite-size pieces and put in the pan in a single layer. Brown all over adding a little extra olive oil if needed. This may need to be done in 2 batches. Remove from the pan and set aside with the bacon.
Put the mushrooms in the pan and sauté over a low heat for 2 minutes, turning occasionally.
Pour the sauce into the pan and heat through, then return the chicken and bacon to the pan and stir through. Season.
Transfer to a gratin dish. Mix together the breadcrumbs and Parmesan cheese and scatter over the chicken mixture.
Bake near the top of the oven for 20 minutes until the breadcrumbs are golden and the sauce is bubbling.