Seared Chicken Breast with Quick Pan Sauce Recipe

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  • 20 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins,
  • Cook: 10 mins
  • Yield: 4 Servings

This technique and the accompanying sauces also would work well with turkey cutlets, boneless pork chops, or sliced pork loin.

What You'll Need

  • 4 trimmed boneless, skinless chicken breasts, tenderloin removed and cooked separately or saved for another use
  • dash of Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 cups Flour for dredging
  • For the pan sauce:
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable or olive oil
  • 1/4 cup low-salt chicken stock
  • 1/4 cup
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 6 tablespoons low-salt chicken stock
  • 2 tablespoons
  • 2 tablespoons prepared chutney
  • 1/4 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced fresh rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 6 tablespoons low-salt chicken stock
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons drained capers
  • 6 tablespoons sweet
  • 2 tablespoons cider
  • 1/4 cup chopped prunes
  • 1/4 cup low-salt chicken stock
  • 1/4 cup dry
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh tarragon
  • 4 canned tomatoes, seeded and chopped

How to Make It

  1. Season the chicken breasts on both sides with ample salt and pepper.
  2. Put a handful of flour in a pie pan or other sided plate and position it near the stove.
  3. Combine the sauce ingredients (see options below) of your choice in a 1-cup Pyrex measuring cup or small bowl.
  4. Heat 2 tablespoons of the butter and the oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  5. Dredge one of the chicken breasts in the flour, coating both sides well but shaking off any excess.
  1. Increase the heat of the pan to medium high.
  2. Before adding the chicken, test the heat of the pan by flicking in a little of the dredging flour. If the flour sizzles enthusiastically and immediately turns golden, the pan is ready. Add the first floured chicken breast. Then quickly flour the remaining breasts and add them to the pan. Cook for about 4 minutes without moving the breasts. Then, starting with the first one in the pan, turn them over and cook for another 3 or 4 minutes on the other side.
  3. Transfer the chicken to a plate or plates and keep it warm.
  4. Add the pan sauce ingredients to the hot pan and boil, stirring and scraping up the browned bits in the bottom of the pan, over high heat until the liquid is reduced by half.
  5. Add the remaining tablespoon of butter and whisk until smooth and glossy. (Tilt the pan to bring the small amount of liquid to one side while you whisk in the butter.)
  6. Spoon the sauce over the chicken and serve immediately.

Cooking Right Notes: Choose the right size skillet so that the cutlets have neither too much nor too little space between them. A 12-inch pan works best for four cutlets.

Recipe from: How to Cook the Food You Love to Eat, 200 Recipes From the Editors of Fine Cooking. Recipe by Pam Anderson (Taunton Press) Copyright 2004 by The Taunton Press, Inc. Reprinted with express written permission.