Thursday, September 25, 2014

Butter Cream Chicken

This was so good!  The chicken was nice and tender and the gravy was absolutely perfect. 

4 chicken breasts
1 1/2 sleeves Ritz Cracker, ground into crumbs
Olive Oil
1 C chicken broth
4 T butter
1 C  + 2 T half and half, divided  (I used milk)
1/2 t thyme, dried
2 T cornstarch
salt and pepper (I used 2 tsp house seasoning)

Place your chicken into a gallon sized ziploc bag and seal the bag.
Pound the chicken flat with a meat mallet. 
Grind the Ritz Crackers into crumbs in a small food processor.
Place them in a shallow pan.
Press each chicken piece into the crumbs, being sure to coat both sides generously.
Place each coated chicken piece on a plate.
Heat a large skillet over medium high heat.
Once it is good and hot, pour about 5 tablespoons Olive Oil into your pan. 
Let your oil heat up just for 30 seconds or so, and then put the chicken carefully in the pan.
Don't crowd it now.
Let the chicken cook until it's nice and golden brown on the bottom, should take about 3-4 minutes. Turn each piece with a fork and allow it to cook on the other side.
Remove the chicken to a separate plate and cook your second batch of chicken, adding another few tablespoons of oil to the pan before you add the chicken.  (I popped mine in the oven while making the gravy!)
Once you have cooked all of the chicken you'll have some beautiful crispy treasures left in the pan. Add 4 tablespoons of butter and 1 cup chicken broth to the pan allowing the butter to melt. Whisk the mixture around a bit, scraping the bottom of the pan to break the crispy pieces loose.
Add 1 cup half and half and 1/2 teaspoon of dried thyme.
Whisk it around to incorporate and allow it to come to a boil. 
Into a small bowl pour 2 tablespoons half and half and 2 tablespoons cornstarch.
Stir it around until smooth.
Pour the cornstarch mixture into your pan and stir it with a whisk.
Allow it to return to a it heats it will thicken into a nice smooth sauce.
Remove it from the heat, give it a taste and add a bit of salt and pepper to you liking. 
Serve it over the crispy chicken and enjoy!

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