Friday, November 30, 2012

What's for Dinner? Chicken w/ Artichokes in White Wine Sauce


I love simple recipes like this.

This recipe was excellent and perfect for a weeknight. And it made more than enough for 4 people.

I followed the rules pretty much, except that I used champagne! because I didn't have any white wine in the house! (The bottle was a gift, shhhhh). I guess you could use chicken stock if you are really desperate, but then it wouldn't be called "chicken in a wine sauce", now would it.


Make sure you have everything ready to go, and it will take you less than 30 minutes to prepare.

Chicken w/ Artichokes in a Wine Sauce: (adapted from The Kitchn)

2 cups artichoke hearts, frozen and thawed, or canned and drained
2 boneless skinless chicken breasts, about 1 pound
flour
salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
2 cups white wine, such as Chardonnay
1/2 lemon
Flat-leaf (Italian) parsley, to garnish
8 oz. of penne or rigatoni (half a box)

Cut the artichoke hearts in half lengthwise. Cut the chicken into bite-sized pieces, about 1 inch to a side. In a medium bowl, mix the flour with about 1 teaspoon salt and a generous quantity of black pepper. Toss the chicken pieces in the flour.


Set a large skillet (at least 12 inches wide) over medium-high heat. Heat 1 tablespoon of butter and 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Add the artichokes. Cook for about 5 minutes, cut side down, undisturbed, until lightly browned on each side. Remove the artichokes from the skillet and transfer to a plate. Set aside.


Melt the remaining 1 tablespoon butter in the skillet along with the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil. Lift the chicken pieces out of the flour and shake off excess.

Place in the skillet. Sauté the chicken pieces for 5 to 7 minutes or until well-browned on both sides. (For best flavor, look for a golden crust to develop, and make sure both sides are browned.) Add the browned artichokes back to the pan.


Pour in the white wine and and stir and scrape up all the yummy brown bits on the bottom of the pan. Bring to a simmer and let simmer for 8 to 10 minutes over medium heat. The sauce will thicken. Stir well to coat everything with the wine sauce. Stir in a few squeezes of fresh lemon juice.

While your chicken and sauce is simmering, make your pasta. When ready, drain and add the pasta to the chicken and artichokes in the skillet.

Garnish with fresh parsley.


My husband loved this, he came back for a 3rd helping, which is rare for him (but not for me!). The sauce was so yummy, we mopped it up with good toasted Italian bread.

Yum yum!

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15 comments:

Anonymous said...

I too adore recipes like this! So comforting and warming - only problem is how do you stop taking 2nds, 3rds and so on.....

CB said...

I so love your style ---- a house without champagne on hand is, well --- empty!

Anonymous said...

Recently, a friend of mine came back from a vacation in Turkey completely besotted with Turkish Delight, specifically a pomegrante/pistachio version. She keeps sending me photos and recipes - going to try a little DIY. Your photo of the pyrex pie plate full of floury chicken chunks weirdly echoes the look of the sugar dredged confection!

Meghan said...

Wow now I kind of just want to try cooking with champagne!

I love artichokes, but I totally always forget about them. I also love white wine sauce and quick weeknight meals so this is totally a winning combo!

Susan said...

Hi Stacey,
Just had to tell you I made this tonight for dinner.OMG it was so delicious...and so quick and easy to throw together!
Thanks so much for the recipe.
Susan

Ciao Chow Linda said...

Henry has good taste. i'd have trouble stopping at one serving.

Jeff @ Cheeseburger.net said...

This dish is simply delicious. And it just so happens that I like artichokes.

Lori Lynn said...

A simple elegant dish. Sounds delightful...
LL

mary said...

i just made this recipe. It was literally the worst thing i have ever tasted; i had to throw it out. I followed the recipe to a T, used the same wine and everything. but once i made it there was so much sauce, and the wine made it so bitter and acidic. i tried to save it with spices and other odds and ends, but nothing could be done. I am so disappointed. i make your recipes all the time, and nothing like this has ever happened.

are you sure that 2 cups of wine go into this?

Stacey Snacks said...

Mary,
It's not my recipe, if you go to the link, you can see that I made the recipe exactly as it reads.
We have made it numerous times and have loved it.
Sorry you did not care for it.
Stacey

Lena said...

Stacy,
We made this tonight and my kids loved it, which is shocking, cause I didnt knwo if they would like artichokes....We served it on penne and followed directions. DELISH!
Thank you for posting.

Anonymous said...

Not sure why Mary said this was the "worst thing she has ever eaten". I made this when the recipe came out on the KITCHN website and made it again last night. Husband loved it, went back for seconds. This recipe was easy and good, perhaps she used wine that was bad? It is so simple, can't imagine what went wrong.

Jane in Chicago

Anonymous said...

Hi all,

What are your thoughts on throwing in sun-dried tomatoes?

Thanks,
Fran

Proud Italian Cook said...

You had me at artichokes and wine!

Kacey said...

I followed this recipe as written and we found the wine taste really over-powering. I used Kendall Jackson Chardonnay, which I thought was a decent wine, but maybe not? If I were to do this again (which I doubt I will) I might try half wine and half cream or milk to cut down the strong flavor. Thanks anyway!