Don’t hate me, but I made this chicken with thyme from our potted herbs. Our outdoor potted herbs. Yep. Phoenix is already experiencing consistent highs in the upper 60s to mid 70s. Three weeks ago I was complaining about this. You see, I’m one of those people who actually likes cold weather. I realize I’m in the minority. I also realize I live in the desert. As much I dislike it, I (sometimes) accept it. One of these times is Presidents’ Day weekend when I finally concede that winter isn’t coming (again) and instead take to the warm temperatures. A fabulous Sunday brunch on a warm patio and potted herbs in full swing will help that.
With a jam-packed schedule for my long weekend, I needed to have a quick and healthy dinner in my back pocket. This chicken, served with lemon-roasted potatoes and a simple green salad, was just right. Sautéed chicken with a simple pan sauce is a general win in my book, anyway. This pan sauce was surprisingly flavorful. I had a typical lemon-thyme sauce in mind, but the chile really came through here. Not in a spicy way, though. It was more of a “just letting you know the heat is here a little bit” kind of way. Sort of like the sun during my Sunday brunch.
Chicken Sauté with Thyme, Lemon, and Chile
from Williams-Sonoma, Weeknight Fresh and Fast
2 TBSP olive oil, divided
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
coarse salt and pepper, to taste
1 large shallot, minced
2 tsp. fresh thyme, minced
1/2-1 serrano chile, seeded and minced
1/3 c. dry white wine
2 TBSP fresh lemon juice
1. In a large sauté pan over medium-high heat, warm 1 TBSP olive oil. Sprinkle the chicken with salt and pepper, and add to the pan. Sauté until cooked through, 5-6 minutes per side. Transfer chicken to a warmed plate.
2. Add the remaining 1 TBSP oil to the same pan. Add the shallot, thyme, and chile and sauté until shallot begins to soften, about 1 minute. Add the wine and lemon juice, then bring to a boil, stirring up the fond (browned bits) from the bottom of a pan. Boil until slightly syrupy, about 1 minute more. Remove the pan from the het.
3. Add any juices from the plate to the sauce. Stir to combine. Taste and adjust the seasoning. Spoon sauce over chicken and serve right away. Serves 2.