Chicken With Fennel and Red Peppers
Found this in a stack of clippings and can't quite figure out where it came from - New York Times perhaps. The combination of ingredients looks just wonderful to me and I'm keeping it safe here before I lose it.
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- 3⁄4 lb boneless skinless chicken breast
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 1 medium onion, cut in 1/2-inch thick crescents
- 1 red bell pepper, cut in 1/2-inch thick strips
- 1⁄2 large fennel bulb, cut in 1/2-inch thick strips
- 1 large garlic clove, finely chopped
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 (15 ounce) can white beans, rinsed and drained
- 1⁄4 cup chopped flat leaf parsley
- 1⁄2 cup reduced-sodium fat-free chicken broth, divided
- 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
- 2 -3 teaspoons cornstarch
- salt & freshly ground black pepper (to taste0)
- Cut chicken into 1/2-inch wide by 2-inch long strips.
- Heat oil in a medium, non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Cook chicken until white on the outside. Transfer to a plate.
- Add onion, red pepper and fennel to the pan. Stir to coat with oil and juices from the chicken. Sauté 2 minutes. Mix in garlic. Cook until onions and fennel are golden, about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Return chicken to the pan. Stir in cumin, beans, parsley, 1/4 cup broth, vinegar and salt. Simmer until chicken is white in the center and vegetables are still al dente, 5 to 6 minutes.
- With a slotted spoon, transfer food to a bowl and keep warm on the side. Mix cornstarch into the remaining broth until well blended. Stir into the liquid in the pan. Heat to a simmer, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens. Return chicken mixture to the pan. Stir until mixture is coated with the sauce and heated through. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
- Serve with rice or roasted potatoes.
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Fennel is a great addition to this dish; it really compliments the cumin and red peppers. I made a few changes based on other reviewers comments; I only used 1/2 t of cumin, which I thought was the perfect amount, not overpowering but still present. I also added an additional 1/2 cup of broth, however, when I removed the chicken and veggies from the pan there still wasn't anything left in the pan to make the sauce with. Honestly, I don't think the broth/cornstarch sauce made any difference to the dish at all and next time I'm going to completely omit that part of the recipe (and save myself from washing an additional dish!) I served with steamed broccoli. Made for Please Review My Recipe game.Reply
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