week 2: pan-roasted chicken & mushrooms

Although chicken is probably the easiest, most obvious protein, I don’t cook it often. To be completely honest, I just feel like chicken is so…boring. So you’re never going to hear me just “throwing some chicken breasts in the oven” Not. My. Thing. That’s why I loved this recipe, it’s so much more than just roasted chicken breast. The chicken is so moist and the flavors are so rich and developed. I used chicken breasts with skin on and bone in, which enhanced the flavor even more.

{ roasted chicken & mushrooms }

  • 2 boneless chicken breast with bone in, skin on
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 5 fresh white mushrooms, halved
  • 2 shallots, quartered
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 2 springs fresh thyme
  • ¼ cup white wine
  • ¼ cup water
  • ½ lemon, juiced

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Season the chicken on both sides with salt and pepper. Place a cast-iron skillet on the stove over medium heat. Drizzle the pan with the oil and lay the chicken in the oil, skin-side down. Cook for about 5 minutes until the skin begins to crisp. Remove chicken. Throw in the mushrooms, shallots and white wine. Cook until liquid is almost evaporated. Add the chicken and thyme and rosemary sprigs. Stick the whole thing in the oven and roast for 25 minutes until the chicken is cooked, and the mushrooms and shallots are soft and roasted.

The last thing to make is a quick sauce using the flavors left in the bottom of the skillet. Take everything out of the pan and arrange on a dinner plate to keep warm while preparing the pan sauce. Pour out all but 1 tablespoon of the rendered chicken fat and return the skillet to the stovetop. Stir in the water and lemon juice and cook over medium heat, scraping up the flavors with a wooden spoon. Reduce the liquid down to until it thickens, about 5 minutes. Drizzle the pan sauce over the dish and enjoy!

NOTE: The final dish looked MUCH more delish! But I was so busy in the kitchen I didn’t get a chance to get a good picture.

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