This delicious Chicken Scallopini is served over simple Parmesan noodles with a luscious sauce and is ready to serve in 30 minutes!
Every Saturday morning I sit down and make a grocery list and menu plan for the coming week. I jot the menu plan on the backside of my grocery list and keep it on my kitchen counter so that I can refer to it and stay on track throughout the week. I keep these little slips of paper and it’s fun to look back over the weeks and months to see what I’ve been cooking. It helps me remember dishes we really liked and also inspires my menu plan.
Sometimes, while relaxing with my coffee on Saturday morning, I can have some pretty unrealistic ideas about what I’d like to cook for the week. At the end of a completely crazed, frustrating, ridiculously overbooked day I curse the relaxed, coffee drinking Saturday morning version of myself that thought homemade lasagna sounded good. I’ve learned to force myself to add in two or three super quick, easy meals for when I have one of those days. You know the days I’m talking about.
This is a dish for one of those days. You can throw this together in thirty minutes, but the end result is unbelievably tasty. The chicken is sauteed in a little butter and olive oil and then you make a quick pan sauce that gives it an elegant, sophisticated flavor making it worthy of serving to guests but easy and quick enough to throw together on a busy weeknight. Don’t skip the fresh chives. They add to the flavor but also add a nice brightness to the dish that makes for a very nice presentation.A word about chicken broth. I always keep this Better Than Bouillon on hand so I can mix up very high quality, low-sodium broth as needed. You can control the strength and richness of the broth by adding more or less of this base and it doesn’t take up much room in the fridge. Our local Costco carries this reduced sodium version which is what I always use. It’s good stuff.
Easy Weeknight Chicken Scallopini
- 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
- 2 tablespoons butter, divided
- 2 pounds thin-sliced boneless skinless chicken breasts
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- 1 teaspoon all-purpose seasoning (like Lawry's), or to taste
- fresh ground black pepper to taste
- 1/4 cup dry sherry or dry white wine (like Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio)
- 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth, prepared with chicken base if available
- 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
- 1/2 lemon, juiced
- 1/4 cup heavy cream or half and half
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 2 tablespoons water
- 1/4 fresh chives, chopped
- thin spaghetti, cooked according to package directions
- olive oil
- Parmesan cheese
- If chicken pieces are large, cut them into smaller serving-size pieces.
Heat 1 tablespoon each of the butter and oil in a large, heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Add as many pieces of chicken as can comfortably fit in the skillet without overcrowding. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes on each side, until golden brown and no longer pink inside, seasoning each side of the chicken with all-purpose seasoning and pepper to taste as it cooks. Transfer chicken to a platter or large rimmed serving dish and cover with foil to keep warm. Repeat with remaining butter, oil, chicken and seasoning.
Mix cornstarch with water in small bowl and set aside.
Add garlic to the skillet and cook, stirring for just a minute or two until softened and fragrant, being careful not to burn. Add the dry sherry or white wine to the skillet. Using a whisk, scrape the brown bits from the bottom of the skillet and let the sherry simmer for a minute or two. Add the broth, Dijon mustard, and lemon juice and whisk again to combine. Allow the sauce to simmer for several minutes to reduce slightly. Add the cream and simmer for another 2 to 3 minutes, stirring constantly. Add cornstarch/water slurry to skillet and stir until slightly thickened. Add chicken back to pan, spooning sauce over chicken and sprinkle with chives.
- Toss prepared pasta with a little olive oil and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Serve chicken over prepared pasta with sauce drizzled over the top.
- Note about scaling down: If you scale this down and use less chicken, I would not recommend scaling down the sauce ingredients. A little extra sauce is never a bad thing.