Wednesday, September 26, 2007

What's For Dinner Wednesday - Chicken with Cranberry Sauce

Here is another couple of yummy recipes from Martha Stewart's Everyday Food book that I bought. We were surprised at how yummy the beans were. I served these two recipes with a side of broccoli and it made a colorful and yummy meal.

Chicken with Cranberry Sauce

Serves 4

2 tablespoons butter
1 1/2 teaspoons dried thyme
Coarse salt and ground pepper
4 bone-in chicken breasts (8 ounces each)
1 medium onion, finely chopped (about 1 cup)
1/2 teaspoon dried sage
2 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
1 cup cranberries
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon cornstarch (mixed with 1 tablespoon water)

DIRECTIONS:

1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. In a small bowl, mix 1 tablespoon butter, 1 teaspoon thyme, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Rub evenly under chicken skin. Place on a rimmed baking sheet; roast skin side up until skin is golden brown and meat is cooked through, about 25 minutes.
2. Meanwhile, melt remaining tablespoon butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Cook onion, stirring occasionally, until golden, about 8 minutes. Add sage and remaining 1/2 teaspoon thyme; cook 1 minute. Add broth; simmer until reduced to 1 1/2 cups, 10 to 15 minutes. Strain mixture; return to saucepan.
3. Add cranberries and sugar; boil until berries burst, 5 to 8 minutes. Whisk in cornstarch mixture; return to a boil. Cook until slightly thickened, 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from heat (sauce will thicken as it stands). Season with salt and pepper. To serve, spoon sauce over chicken.

Mashed White Beans
Serves 4

1 tablespoon olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 cans (19 ounces each) cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
1 tablespoon chopped fresh sage, (or 1 teaspoon dried)
Coarse salt and ground pepper

DIRECTIONS:

1. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Cook garlic, stirring often, until golden, about 1 minute.
2. Add beans, sage, and 1 1/4 cups water. Cook, stirring often, until beans are hot and liquid thickens, about 4 minutes.
3. Mash beans, leaving some whole. Season with salt and pepper.

2 comments:

Tex said...

Oh my goodness ... this sounds divine, Amanda! Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm! Your family is going to love this!

~Bev

Anonymous said...

Sounds yummy! TFS!! Love the recipes for the cupcakes too. Haven't made any YET, but they look great! Keep the recipes comin'... :) Lisa K