Chicken with Sherry Mushroom Sauce & Baconated Collard Greens

Being a working mom can often leave me beat at the end of the day. I always try and throw something together, but once in a while it’s nice to make something fancy.

Chicken in a Sherry Mushroom Sauce & Baconated Collard Greens

The dish I made tonight was again inspired by an NPR show. Today on Fresh Air the chefs from America’s Test Kitchen were talking turkey and mentioned a collard greens side dish that sounded pretty tasty. I wasn’t able to find the recipe on Fresh Air’s website, so I winged it.

I’m not too familiar with cooking collards, but what I came up with was bright, slightly smoky and delicious.

The chicken, coincidentally enough, was inspired by an America’s Test Kitchen recipe for chicken piccata. This was healthy meal and was enjoyed by all (even our son liked the collards!)

Serves 3, prep/cooking time: 45 mins.

Ingredients for the chicken:

2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

Olive oil

2 tsp. soy sauce

3 Tbs. apple cider vinegar

5 cloves garlic, chopped

1 tsp. Dijon mustard

salt and pepper

flour

butter

1/2 medium onion, finely chopped

2 cups chopped fresh mushrooms (such as button, crimini and baby portobello)

1/4 cup sherry or white wine

3/4 cup chicken stock

2 Tbs. fresh parsley, chopped

1 tbs. capers (optional)

squeeze of lemon

 

Ingredients for the collards:

1 bunch collard greens

3 slices bacon, chopped

1/2 medium onion, finely chopped

1 cup chicken stock

2 tsp. apple cider vinegar

salt and pepper

Directions:

With a fork, stab the chicken all over. Place in a large Ziploc bag with 3 Tbs. olive oil, the soy sauce, vinegar, mustard, 3 cloves of garlic, salt and pepper. Marinate chicken in the fridge for 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, rinse the collards and remove the stalks. Roughly chop the collards. In a dutch oven, brown the bacon and set aside. Add 1 Tbs. olive oil and sauté the onions till soft, about 5 minutes. Add the collards and stir till they are wilted, about 3 minutes. Add the chicken stock, cover and let steam for 30 minutes, adding more stock if needed. There should be very little liquid in the pot toward the end, so partially cover and let liquid evaporate if needs be.

While the collards cook, pat dry the chicken and dredge in flour.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Heat a large oven-safe skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1 Tbs. butter and 1 Tbs. olive oil. When pan is hot, add the chicken and brown on both sides, about 5 minutes per side. Set chicken aside.

Add the mushrooms and onions and sauté till onions are soft. Add 2 cloves of garlic and cook for one minute. Stir in 2 Tbs. flour and cook for another minute. Pour in the sherry and stock and bring to a simmer, scraping up all the yummy burnt bits from the bottom of the pan.

When the sauce has thickened, place the chicken back in the pan. Cover the pan and place it in the oven. Bake for 20 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.

Set the chicken on your serving plates and add parsley and capers to the sauce in the pan. Stir and spoon over the chicken. Add a fresh squeeze of lemon juice to each plate.

To finish the collards, stir in the bacon bits and vinegar. Add salt and vinegar to taste.

Serve with brown rice or farro.

 

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