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Chicken with Sun-Dried Tomato Cream Sauce

Posted Feb 21 2011 12:53pm

Hello. My name is Erin and I’m a Costco addict.

The first step to recovery is admitting the problem.

For NOW (ahem :) ) there is just The Husband and I living together in our little house – well and Keenan and two kitties. Is it sad that our pets outnumber us? Ok – back on topic. So there should be really no practical reason to NEED to shop at Costco. I mean who really needs a 50 pound bag of rice for two people?

But somehow I manage to shop there on a monthly basis and find things that I MUST HAVE, including a huge jar of sun-dried tomatoes. You just never know when there could be a sun-dried tomato shortage. It’s good to stock up on these things.

Chicken with Sun-Dried Tomato Cream Sauce
Adapted from Epicurious

2 boneless skinless chicken breast halves
1 Tablespoon olive oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 cup drained sun-dried tomatoes, patted dry and coarsely chopped
3/4 teaspoon dried hot red pepper flakes
1/4 cup dry white wine
1 can fat free low-sodium chicken broth
2 cups fresh mushrooms, sliced
1/4 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup thinly sliced fresh basil

Directions 1. Pat chicken dry and season with salt and black pepper.
2. Heat oil in a 12-inch heavy skillet over moderately high heat until hot but not smoking, then brown chicken, turning once, about 6 minutes total. (Chicken will not be cooked through.) Transfer with tongs to a plate.
3. Add garlic, tomatoes, and red pepper flakes to skillet and sauté, stirring, until garlic is pale golden, about 1 minute.
4. Add wine and boil, stirring and scraping up brown bits, until reduced by half, about 1 minute. Add chicken broth and mushrooms and bring to a boil, covered.
5. Add chicken to skillet with any juices accumulated on plate and simmer, covered, until just cooked through, 4 to 5 minutes.
6. Transfer chicken with tongs to a platter and keep warm, loosely covered with foil. Stir cream and 2 tablespoons basil into sauce in skillet and bring just to a simmer.
7. Serve sauce over chicken and sprinkle with remaining 2 tablespoons basil.

Nutrition Notes: Basil is an herb used in many Italian dishes and it’s loaded with vitamin K, vitamin A, beta-carotene and flavonoids (antioxidants). Also, basil has been shown to provide protection against unwanted bacterial growth. These “anti-bacterial” properties of basil are associated with its volatile essential oils found in the basils’ leaves. These oils have also been shown to have anti-inflammatory effects and they work on the same enzymes as over the counter non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDS) including aspirin and ibuprofen.

Taste Test: I love sun-dried tomatoes – they give this dish such a unique flavor. The addition of basil was delicious too. You could serve this over rice or quinoa but it was just as good served with a big ole’ salad on the side!

Anyone else obsessed with Costco? Please tell me I’m not alone!

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