Photo: Jennifer Causey; Styling: Claire Spollen
Stir in the butter with a whisk or wooden spoon, shaking the pan as it melts to help the sauce emulsify. For the best sauce-to-bird ratio, cut the chicken into slices before finishing the dish with the sauce.
Serves 4 (serving size: 1 breast half, about 1/2 cup carrots, and about 2 tablespoons sauce)
1. Preheat oven to 400°.
2. Heat a large ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Sprinkle chicken with 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Add chicken to pan. Cook 4 minutes or until browned on one side. Turn over; place pan in oven. Bake at 400° for 8 minutes or until a thermometer registers 160°. Remove chicken from pan; keep warm.
3. While chicken cooks, arrange the carrots in a vegetable steamer; steam 7 minutes or until tender. Remove from steamer; sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon salt.
4. Return skillet to medium-high heat. Add shallots and thyme; sauté 1 minute. Add wine. Bring to a boil; cook until reduced by half. Add stock. Bring to a boil, and cook 5 minutes or until reduced to 1/3 cup. Reduce heat to low. Add butter, stirring constantly with a whisk until butter melts. Remove from heat. Add remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, remaining 1/8 teaspoon pepper, parsley, and juice, stirring with a whisk. Divide carrots evenly among 4 plates; top with chicken. Spoon sauce over chicken and carrots.