Think that gourmet meals need hours of preparation, expensive ingredients and counter space galore? Think again! The art of fine dining at home can be accomplished with as little as one or two pots, a handful of tasty--and often inexpensive—ingredients, and just a little planning ahead. With a dash of kitchen know-how and some great starter recipes, you will be turning out tasty and inexpensive meals with minimal effort and satisfying results. Try this simple, low-calorie, low-fat recipe and pair it with white or wild rice for a dish that's easy enough for a weeknight standard, but flavorful enough for a special weekend dinner. It requires 5 minutes of preparation time and only 25 minutes of actual cook-time. Using only 1 pot and few ingredients, this recipe makes a healthful and delicious meal without hassle.
3 tablespoons butter
6 skinned and boned chicken breasts
1 (14 ounce) can chicken broth
1 medium-sized sweet onion, diced
3 tablespoons cornstarch (or all-purpose flour)
3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken and cook until golden (about 2 minutes on each side). Meanwhile, whisk together the broth, onion, cornstarch (or flour), and mustard. Pour this mixture over the cooked chicken in the skillet and cover. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes. Serve and enjoy!
Try mixing it up by adding half a cup of dry white wine or adding a 10-ounce package of frozen vegetables, such as broccoli, spinach, or a mixed vegetable medley, to the skillet after adding the broth mixture. This recipe yields 6 servings. Any extra chicken can be frozen for another night's meal. Leftovers are great in salads or on sandwiches, and also make an ideal basis for chicken salad.
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