Chicken with Basil Brown Butter

IMG_2007I love to make a brown butter sauce because it so easy!  Just melt butter in a pan until it turns brown?  What could be better!  It’s great on chicken, nice on veggies and even makes for a tasty steak!  To add flavor, I tossed in some shallots and I had some leftover elephant garlic I chopped up too.  With the crisp taste of basil, it was a yummy dinner!

Ingredients:

2 chicken breasts

1 shallot – chopped

1 clove elephant garlic (or a couple cloves of regular garlic) – chopped

1/8 cup chopped fresh basil

1 cup butter

Preparation:

In a skillet, saute your garlic and shallots until they are soft – about 3 minutes.  Remove and place them aside.  Cook your chicken until it is about 3/4 of the way cooked. I ended up with large breasts again (what’s up with the huge chicken breasts in the packages at Ralphs these days?), and cooked them for 6 minutes on each side.  Return the shallots and garlic to the pan with the chicken, add the basil and then the butter.  Once the butter is melted completely, let it simmer on medium heat until it turns a bit brown – about 1 to 2 minutes. Then cover the pan and let it cook for another 7 to 8 minutes, or until your chicken is cooked through.

If you notice you are running low on butter as it cooks, you can add some more to the pan.  I started with a cup and ended up with a good amount of sauce to pour over the chicken when plating but adding extra won’t ruin this dish.  It makes for a nice, juicy chicken breast and the butter, shallots and garlic, along with their basil buddy, adds the perfect flavoring!

I served this up with quinoa mixed with shallots and cauliflower.  Just cook the quinoa as recommended – 1/2 cup of quinoa to 1 cup of water, let it boil then cover and cook for about 15 minutes or until the water is absorbed.  Saute the cauliflower in a pan with some olive oil and the shallots, while the quinoa is cooking, and mix it all together with a little lemon juice for a nice side!

Opened a good bottle of Spanish wine called Casa Especial, which made the meal all the more enjoyable.

On another note, I found this article for my fellow sufferers of endo and I’m giving it a try – http://www.healthcentral.com/chronic-pain/c/240381/160820/endometriosis/  Just started so don’t notice any differences just yet but hopefully it will help a little since there’s nothing else I can do about it, since I can’t take birth control!  I welcome any other remedies or recommendations you’ve found beyond sticking to my diet.

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