I made this tonight and I think that the prep and cook time is a little skewed. It took me more like an hour to do this, but I think if you were more streamlined, you could do this in 45 minutes. I pretty much followed this spot on, except I now realize that I forgot the almonds. I think I would have scored this a 3, but my fiance scored it a 4, so maybe it's more like a 3.5.
Chicken with Haricots Verts, Potatoes, and Toasted Almonds
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- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 4 boned skinned chicken breast halves (8 oz. each)
- 2 large shallots, minced
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 cup reduced-sodium chicken stock
- 3 sprigs tarragon, plus chopped tarragon for garnish
- 12 to 16 parcooked baby red potatoes
- About 1/2 tsp. salt
- About 1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
- 1 pound haricots verts (slender French green beans)
- 4 teaspoons toasted slivered almonds
- 1. Preheat oven to 375°. Heat olive oil in a large, heavy ovenproof frying pan (not nonstick) over high heat until oil is hot but not smoking. Add chicken breasts, top side down, and cook until golden, 2 to 3 minutes. Turn chicken over.
- 2. Add shallots and garlic to pan with chicken, stirring occasionally so garlic doesn't burn, until shallots are soft and translucent, 3 to 4 minutes. Add chicken stock, tarragon sprigs, potatoes, 1/2 tsp. salt, and 1/4 tsp. pepper and cook until mixture begins to boil, about 1 minute.
- 3. Lay haricots verts over chicken, then cover pan and put in oven. Bake 14 to 16 minutes, or until chicken is just cooked through (cut to check) and haricots verts are tender. Transfer chicken to a plate.
- 4. Season haricots verts-potato-stock mixture with salt and pepper to taste. Divide vegetables among 4 rimmed plates or shallow pasta bowls, top each with a piece of chicken, and spoon sauce over all. Garnish with chopped tarragon and almonds.
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