Friday, June 27, 2008

Creamy Dill Chicken

After a crazy week and traveling to Memphis for work, I finally was able to cook last night. I had chicken in the fridge as well as leftover dill from the dip I made last weekend, so I looked for a recipe using both. I love my lemon dill chicken, but felt like something a little different. I found this recipe on the Food Network web site.

The recipe was for Chicken with Tarragon Cream Sauce, but it also noted that it would work with dill.

  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 1 teaspoon plus 1/2 cup all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1 teaspoon plus 1 tablespoon butter, divided
  • 3 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 1 1/2 pounds), trimmed
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper
  • I added a pinch of turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon peanut or canola oil (I used olive oil)
  • 1 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth, divided, plus more as needed
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas, thawed
  • 3 tablespoons finely minced fresh tarragon or dill, plus sprigs for garnish


  • Combine lemon juice and cream in a small bowl. Season with 1/4 teaspoon salt.
  • Mash 1 teaspoon flour and 1 teaspoon butter in another small bowl until a paste forms. Set both bowls aside.
  • Dry chicken thoroughly with paper towels. Season with the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and white pepper.
  • Dredge lightly in the remaining 1/2 cup flour (I seasoned the flour with white pepper, salt, black pepper, and turmeric), shaking off any excess.
  • Heat the remaining 1 tablespoon butter and oil in a 12-inch cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chicken—do not crowd the pan. Cook, turning once, until nicely browned on both sides, about 10 minutes total.
  • Add 1/2 cup broth, reduce the heat and cover. Simmer until the chicken is cooked through, 4 to 6 minutes. (Check to make sure the pan juices don’t run dry. If necessary, add more broth, a tablespoonful at a time, to prevent scorching.) Transfer the chicken to a clean cutting board and tent with foil.
  • Add the remaining 1/2 cup broth to the pan and bring to a boil over high heat. Cook until reduced to about 1/4 cup, 2 to 4 minutes.
  • Reduce heat to medium, add the reserved lemon cream and bring to a simmer.
  • Gradually whisk in the reserved butter-flour paste, a few bits at a time, until the sauce coats the spoon, 1 to 2 minutes.
  • Stir in peas.
    Reduce the heat to low and return the chicken to the pan along with tarragon (or dill). Turn to coat with the sauce and cook until heated through, 1 to 2 minutes. Slice the chicken and serve with the sauce, garnished with sprigs of tarragon (or dill), if desired.

This was an ok dish - good enough for something quick and easy on a weeknight. It had a bit too much dill for my taste. The sauce was nice served over egg noodles.

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  1. other great Meals on Wheels lunch leftover from my chef daughter :) Thanks M E

  2. This looks amazing, you always amaze me MaryEllen!!! I hope all is well with you and you are enjoying your summer.