Finding a simple weeknight dinner sometimes feels like winning the lottery. Well, get ready to jump for joy because FoodNetwork.com shared with us their pick for an easy dinnertime dish. Here shallots are the perfect size for roasting whole with larger cuts of meat. When halved or quartered with chicken breasts, they make a quick weeknight dinner, complete with a pan sauce. If you have champagne vinegar or white wine vinegar on hand, add a splash to the sauce just before serving.
Total Time: 25 minutes
Yields: 2 servings
2 bone-in chicken breasts, skin on, halved (about 10 ounces each)
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
4 medium shallots, peeled and quartered lengthwise through the root (about 8 ounces)
2 sprigs fresh rosemary
3/4 cup chicken stock, plus 1/2 cup more if needed
1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Sprinkle both sides of the chicken breasts with salt and pepper.
2. Preheat a large skillet over medium-high heat for 2 minutes. Working quickly, melt 1 tablespoon of the butter, swirling it around the pan. Add the chicken, skin side down. Add the shallots, cut side down and not overlapping. Cook until the chicken and shallots are browned on the bottom, 2 to 3 minutes. Flip the shallots and chicken, nestle in the rosemary sprigs, then carefully pour in the chicken stock.
3. Transfer the skillet to the oven and roast until the chicken is cooked through and the shallots are tender, 12 to 14 minutes, removing the smaller pieces of chicken first as they become cooked. Transfer the chicken to a serving plate.
4. Check the skillet with the shallots to make sure the stock has not evaporated; if less than a few tablespoons remain, add 1/2 cup more stock or water. Reduce the pan juices over medium heat until about 1/2 cup of liquid remains, about 2 minutes. Remove the skillet from the heat and stir in the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter with a wooden spoon to thicken the pan sauce until it coats the spoon. Remove the rosemary and season the sauce with salt and pepper. Spoon some of the sauce over the chicken and scallions and the rest onto the plate.
Will you make this simple chicken dish this week?
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