By Luby Luby Luby on June 30, 2003
Photo by Jesse and Eliza's Mom
Photo by Jesse and Eliza's Mom
"This recipe comes from the restaurant "Brennan's" located in New Orleans. No one has to know how simple and quick it is. I posted this recipe exactly as it was in the book, however, if you like a little "heat" please feel free to add some cayenne pepper to taste."
Serving Size: 1 (285 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 4
"Thank you Luby for a great recipe. As I try to substitute low fat ingredients for most recipes, I wondered how I would go doing it for this one without sacrificing flavor but it worked out great. I substituted olive oil spray for the butter and skim evaporated milk for the cream in the sauce – I didn’t add butter to the sauce at the end of cooking either. I cut each chicken breast into 4 strips and shook them in a freezer bag along with the dry ingredients until they were evenly covered. The sauce didn’t thicken like it would have if I had used the cream but the flavor was still there and the chicken strips in the thin sauce were great served over rice. Glen. "
"I'm giving it 5 stars because it is so easy and very moist. I enjoyed the flavor, but I do have a few notes.
I added only a pinch of salt which was plenty. I felt at the end of cooking I could always add a bit more salt if needed, but it definitely was NOT. A small pinch was plenty for me.
As you noted, I did add cayenne, but I like heat, so I did do that and I was glad I did.
Make sure to use Heavy cream, it will thicken naturally, half and half or milk will NOT, and using UNSALTED butter to me is important. As I said you can always add more.
For those who said the chicken took longer to cook. Yes, every piece of chicken regardless of weight can vary in thickness and therefore take longer. I pounded mine, just lightly in the center to make it a bit more even. I didn't flatten it however, just a light couple of pounds to make mine even. I cooked as you said, probably 6-8 minutes for me per side until golden brown before I added the cream, the chicken was close to being done at that point. You just got to adjust cooking time according to how thick your chicken is.
I didn't find more sauce was necessary. I enjoyed it as is. I thought the nice glaze it made was just enough.
I served mine over a yellow rice which I added some cilantro to, thin sliced the breast and laid it on top and then added chopped black olives as a garnish. Served it with sauteed green beans and shallots for a very easy dinner.
It was very enjoyable and everyone liked it. Salty was the only thing I thought was off. But again, that can be a personal taste.
"I can't get over how good this is! Such simple ingredients shouldn't add up to such great flavor, but they do. I didn't have boneless breast on hand, so I used skinned chicken drumsticks and some wings - just adjusted the cooking time a bit. I added a little water to the pan after I browned them and let them steam 'til done, then added the cream and butter per directions. I think a key to the good flavor of the sauce is to let the chicken really brown - the spices get very dark and the flavor is intensified. I'm not surprised someone's DH would drink the sauce from the cup! Will definitely make again - thanks for posting!"
"DELICIOUS! I doubled the sauce and served it all over fettucini because the sauce tasted so similar to alfredo sauce. It was absolutely LOVED! Thanks for a great, simple recipe!"
"Love it! Five stars for being big on flavor and simplicity. I tripled the sauce, knowing my sauce crazy family like I do! I followed directions to the letter, with the addition of adding a bit of cayenne and a sprinkling of parsley to the finished dish. I served with cajun rice, fresh bread and ice cold beer and felt like I was on the Bayou ;) Really, a great recipe and I'll certainly be making this again. I did sample the sauce before it was finished cooking and there was a bit of a "raw" chili flavor, but that cooks away if you let it simmer a bit...seems like the longer it simmered, the better it got. Thanks, Luby...it's a winner!"
"This was easy to make and my family of picky eaters all liked it. They liked having the sauce to put on it. I used only 1 tsp of chili powder when I made it. "
"This was really fabulous. The chicken retained its moistness due to the cooking technique, and the sauce was so flavorful. I think my husband would have rolled in it if I had let him!"
"This didn't look like anything amazing, but due to the reviews, I tried it. I am so very glad I did- it was a huge hit. I have two children, ages 3 and 6, and for all four of us to agree on something is rare- they both gobbled this up, and DH has asked for it several times again. I used kosher salt and thought everything was just right. I have made it quite a few more times, and as with all leftovers (I always make extra) I have started playing a bit- I have added a good fragrant sweet curry powder instead of chili powder, and that was good, and also have stirred in a bit of peanut butter- a tremendous hit, especially with the children. If you are on the fence, please make this- something so simple and so delicious in such a short period of time is a gift in a busy household."
"This tasted great; I used fresh onion and garlic since I don't use onion or garlic powder. I finely chopped half an onion and one-and-a-half cloves of garlic and sauteed them in the butter for a few minutes before adding the chicken. It turned out really yummy, but I had to keep a close eye on the onion and garlic so that they didn't burn. Don't let the chili powder scare you if you're cooking for someone who doesn't like spicy things...it wasn't spicy at all, just flavorful. This will be a repeat dish at our house."
"WOW! What an incredible sauce! This is definitely my new favorite recipe! The sauce was already delicious so I only added another tablespoon of butter at the end. What a great recipe to make when you are having company over. Oh, I also pounded the chicken breasts to make them a little thinner. Thank you for the best recipe ever!"
"Very good recipe that is easy to make. My kids ate it up! I used half and half instead of heavy cream to reduce the fat. The sauce didn't thicken because of this though."
"I was a little worried when I mixed up the spices that it would be overwhelming, but it wasn't. I made it exactly as listed, and it came out perfectly. Really easy and tasty. My husbands only complaint was that there wasn't enough - I'm going to double it next time."
"This is a very easy and tasty dish. I've been making it for about 5 years now - ever since I first saw Chef Mike Roussel prepare it on the TV show "Breakfast from New Orleans" and hence ordered the cookbook. Everyone that I've served it to has loved it and wanted the recipe. It really is quick and simple but hardly tastes that way!"
"I have two boys who complain about eating chicken, but, both they and the entire family loved this recipe! Thank you."
"Add me to the list of this recipe's endorsers. WARNING; DOUBLE OR TRIPLE THE SAUCE INGREDIENTS. You will definitely want more sauce. Thanks luby for sharing this one with us."
"Nice, subtle blend of flavors made the sauce perfect on the chicken and over whole-wheat noodles. Yummy!"
"I made this recipe for the family last night and it was big hit. I did pound out the breasts to make sure that they were even, other than that I followed the recipe to a tee. The seasonings were just right. Everyone was begging for seconds, which I did't have -so we all fought over dipping buttered bread in the sillet to get the remaining sauce. I have never seen such pushing and shoving to be the one that gets to clean the pan. Thanks for the recipe!"
"Luby - Thanks for posting this delicious and EASY recipe. My husband actually put some of the sauce in a cup and drank it. Needless to say, this will be made in our home again. And it is something special to serve guests. "
"Now THIS is a GREAT recipe! My boys (6 & 4) LOVED it! Perfectly spiced - made the recipe exactly as described - THIS is a wonderful low-carb keeper! THANK you!"
"For years I've rated all the recipes I use and discover: 1-5, with 5 being high and I NEVER make anything under a 4.5 again. Well! After we ate this for supper? My husband insisted it is higher than a 5 and I had to give it an 8! He's always been the harshest judge, but not this time!
For me, lo-carb recipes are my goal. This one is perfect! I used mild chili powder vs. spicy. I had 1/2 & 1/2 on hand vs. heavy cream, the result was too milky, it didn't thicken up, but the flavor remained spectacular! Finally I used the chicken breast for me, but boneless/skinless chicken thighs for him.
Again - an astonishing success!"