Tuesday, November 13

Chicken Breasts, Pan Gravy, and "Mashed Potatoes"

This is a comfortable, DELICIOUS, home-style, quick, easy, dinner without the normal accompaniment of calories of a nice "Sunday dinner".  My husband made this for me on a weekend, but it was done in approx 25 minutes, so it would work for a weeknight too. You will love this one. It tasted so good. One of my favorite things about cooking with wine is that its easy to have a glass while you cook. Stay in, skip making reservations or waiting at a restaurant for table, have a glass of wine, and give this recipe a try. See if you like the creative twist on "mashed potatoes". You can keep this veggie a secret or make it a game for your family. Once everyone has sat down at the table and is eating just ask them what they think the mashed potatoes are! You might get some shocked expressions or some concerned looks but this could be a great fun game if your kids are little bit older. 

Did I mention that my husband made this meal? (well the chicken and pan gravy) I should add that he cooks like 3 or 4 times a year tops and that includes one frozen pizza at some point. I didn't marry him because he could cook - its no big deal really. But just so you know, that even if your hubby doesn't cook, he can do this meal - THAT is how easy it is to make. I really didn't feel like giving away my veggie secret so I handled that part of the dinner. So give the recipe to your hubby and see if you can get a night free from the kitchen. This recipe has been adapted from the chicken recipe by Teri Tsang in the October 2007 issue of Everyday. For two other great meals from the same issue try How to Make Green Colored Pasta and/or Pumpkin Pasta. You won't be disappointed!

 This recipe serves 4. 
For "mashed potatoes" 
1 head of cauliflower
1/8 cup - 1/4 cup half & half
1/8 to 1/4 cup chicken broth/stock homemade or out of a box

For  Chicken & Pan Gravy
2 Tbs butter, the real stuff unsalted, organic if you have it
Four  4-6 oz each skinless/boneless chicken breasts
1/4 cup flour
2 Tbs Olive oil
2 shallots finely chopped
1 cup dry white wine
1 cup chicken broth
1. Fill a pan with water to start steaming the head of cauliflower, start steaming it as soon as the water boils. 

2. In a medium or large skillet heat 1 Tbs of butter over medium - low

3. Put flour, small amount of salt and pepper ( a couple pinches each maybe 1 tsp) in a flat bowl or large zip lock style bag 

4. Dredge the chicken breasts until both sides of each piece is lightly covered

5. Cook the chicken in the skillet with the butter approx 5 minutes each side until done and golden brown. 

6. While chicken is cooking finely chop the shallots

7.  Let the chicken rest in a warm place on a plate near the stove or in the oven

8. Add the remaining 1Tbs of butter and the shallots into the chicken juice in the skillet. Cook the shallots until they are translucent. 
9. Deglaze the pan with white wine. Lower heat and simmer for 2-3 minutes. Stir and scrap the chicken bits off the bottom of the pan. Sauce should reduce and look syrupy. 

10. Add the 1 cup of chicken broth. Bring it to a boil and then simmer on low heat until it is reduced by half. 

11. As soon as the cauliflower is done steaming (mine took about 15 minutes) carefully move it to your food processor. 


12. Cauliflower can be watery so the amounts of liquids to add are approximate. Add chicken broth first and whirl/blend for 2-3 minutes. Scrap the sides if needed. Then slowly add half and half a little at a time. Keep it thick but smooth like mashed potatoes. 


13. Taste pan sauce - adjust seasonings if needed. Taste the "mashed potatoes" - adjust the seasonings if needed. 

14. Spoon the pan gravy over chicken to create an elegant look. 

15. Eat!   (perhaps with another glass of wine) 

From my kitchen to yours


  1. Love that your husband cooked this! And I have been wanting to try the "mashed potatoes" with cauliflower! Sounds great!

    1. Me too! Hahaha I love it anytime he wants to cook. Its just not his thing which I am okay with :) The cauliflower was totally easy - you should try it! My sister was hesitant about trying it so I suggested to her that she could half of head of cauliflower and one large potato (peeled) together. They should blend up well together and then you have more potato taste. I am going to try parsnips and cauliflower together next - mashed potatoes with a kick.


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