Thursday, January 1, 2009

Chicken in a Garlic Broth

Another quick and easy chicken dish using the method I love most for easy and flavorful chicken - dredging in flour, pan cooking, and then deglazing the pan with a liquid and adding flavors.

These meals take 20-30 minutes and have so many options for ingredients. Most recently I used this way of cooking chicken to make
Spicy Chicken in a Garlic Lime Broth, my inspiration for this dish. Other favorites include Chicken in a Black Truffle Cream Sauce, Chicken in a White Wine Sauce with Crispy Sage, and the popular dish, Chicken Piccata.


  • 2 chicken breasts, pounded to 1/2 inch thickness
  • 1 tbsp butter and 1 tbsp olive oil
  • Flour for dredging
  • Salt, pepper
  • 4 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 1 small onion, sliced
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes (less if you don't like it too spicy)
  • 1/4 c dry vermouth (or dry white wine, but I was out)
  • 1 c low-sodium chicken broth
  • Fresh or dried parsley for color
  • Cooked pasta; I used linguine.


  • Heat butter and oil in a large pan.
  • Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper, and then dredge in flour. Shake off excess and add to hot pan. Cook approximately 5 minutes per side until cooked completely through. Transfer to a dish and cover to keep warm (or transfer to warm oven).
  • If your pan is dry, add a touch more oil.
  • Add garlic, onions, and red pepper flakes. Saute 2-3 minutes.
  • Add vermouth and scrape up all brown bits.
  • Add chicken broth and bring to a simmer.
  • Optional: Add parsley. I do this mostly for color.
  • Toss pasta in broth. You can also return the chicken to the pan. My pan was big enough that I was able to push the linguine to one side and put the chicken in the broth on the other. That's almost a one pot meal!

Easy, quick, and delicious! I served it with a side of sauteed spinach.

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  1. What a great dish to start the new year! Here’s wishing you a Happy New Year full of more delicious eats. I’m looking forward to future posts from Mary Ellen's Cooking Creations in 2009!

  2. the garlic lime broth sounds amazing!

    happy new year!

  3. A fantastic way to get a tasty dinner on the table for a weeknight meal.

  4. Looks yummy. I love chicken and garlic.