Yum Peaceful Cooking: Chicken in Garlic and Herb Sauce

Friday, January 2, 2009

Chicken in Garlic and Herb Sauce

I cook dinner almost every night. I don't cook breakfast often (making toast is not cooking) and I rarely "cook" lunch. I get to rack my brain for good things to put on my families plates night after night. I don't mind eating leftovers but my husband is a bit of a "snob" about it. Thats when I get to remake last nights dinner into something else tonight that he won't recognize. When it comes to preparing dinner, I have to consider what's in the cupboards, whos going to be home and who likes what. You won't believe how many times I've gone to make something (that really sounded good!!) and discovered that I'm missing one major ingredient, or didnt make enough because I didn't know one of my daughters was coming home with a friend. Frustrating. I guess thats where flexibility comes in handy and we add another veggie or bowl of salad to the menu,

Today is my husbands birthday. We can't afford to go out for a special dinner so I was going to make Chicken Piccata, which happens to be a family favorite. The only thing I needed to get from the market was a jar of capers and a few fresh lemons. When, my husband got home from work I asked him what time he wanted to eat (he likes to eat late which would give me plenty of time to run to the market). Did I mention that he and I are in a pretty big fight? Its about the financial mess that I got us into by us purchasing a business a few years ago. (one of the major things that I'm hiding in the kitchen from...so when he drags our crap in there it really pisses me off). Having filled you in on that, he told me that he wasn't hungry and probably wouldn't be eating dinner tonight (he likes to pull this little stunt when we're in an argument. After 20 years, I still have no idea what his objective is. One time he even went as far as eating something from a fast food joint, that I wasn't suppose to know about. Gotta love mind games). Anyways....There goes his special birthday dinner. We have been fighting for a couple of days now but I was going to put it aside today. Guess thats not happening. At least I don't have to go to the market now....wooo hooo. Instead of the Chicken Piccata, I'm going to make Chicken in Garlic & Herb Sauce over Fettucini. Its shamefully very similar to something Sandra Lee would make (she irritates me to no end!!!). It tastes great, but I don't like using processed foods all that often. 

Soooo, I'll get to eat dinner in peace tonight since no one is home. If you stop by, you'll find me standing over the kitchen counter with a glass of wine in one hand (my 2nd or 3rd no doubt) and a fork in the other.

Anyway...here's the recipe. Sorry I don't have a picture, but I'll add one eventually. It basically looks like any other dish of chicken in sauce over noodles..ha ha.

5 chicken thighs (boneless, skinless)
2 -3 tablespoons olive oil
2 garlic cloves, crushed
6 oz sliced fresh mushrooms
2 tablespoons butter
1 packet of Knorr Garlic Herb Sauce Mix
1 1/2 cups milk

Heat olive oil in skillet, season chicken with salt and pepper. (I usually cut the chicken into chunks). Cook over medium / high head until chicken is brown on both sides. Remove from skillet.
Melt butter in skillet. Saute mushrooms and garlic (don't saute the garlic until the end when the mushrooms are almost done.) Combine sauce mix with milk in  a bowl. Stir until blended. Add sauce mixture to mushrooms, stir and scrape bottom of pan to get the "crunchies" up. Return chicken to pan. Reduce heat to simmer, cover and cook until chicken is done, turning once. 
Serve over your favorite pasta.

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