The leaves are changing, it’s cooling down, and I’m on a comfort food kick. And how about that World Series?!?! Wow…I’m so proud of both teams! How else do we commemorate such events, than with a skillet full of Sun-Dried Tomato Vodka Chicken?!
Sun-Dried Tomato Vodka Chicken
For World Series, Game 7, I wanted to create a pasta dish with ingredients I had on hand, but I wanted it to be unique. Vodka came to mind. And since tomato season is in the past, oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes are my winter tomato staple. The oil in itself is like no other with that embedded sweet and savory tomato flavor…yumm!
I’m really inspired by instructional cooking shows lately. I’m focusing on new flavor combinations and cooking techniques, especially the simple ones. So, with some newfound knowledge, I wrote this recipe for Sun-Dried Tomato Vodka Chicken. I tested it, made a few edits, and the dish far exceeded my expectations. Here are my favorite things about this dish:
- It’s a simple, one-skillet meal and comes together in about 30 minutes.
- It’s seriously delicious cold-weather comfort food.
- There’s Vodka in it…great flavor enhancer! If you don’t have it, your neighbor does.
A few things to note:
For this recipe, I you can either butterfly the chicken breast, or pound it down to 1/2″ thickness with the flat surface of a meat tenderizer. Either method will help it cook faster and more evenly. I then coat it with paprika, and briefly sear it just to the point of being opaque in the middle.
Btw, I like to cook the penne to al dente (slightly chewy) to prevent overcooking so I can finish cooking it in the final sauce. This is an old restaurant hat-trick.
For the cream sauce
incorporate a roux into my sautéed veggies and add milk to create a Bechamel (white sauce). But, notice I use 1% milk instead of a traditional heavy cream. I like this substitution because it’s not too rich, or too fatty, yet maintains a creamy decadence.
I cannot wait for you to try my Sun-dried Tomato Vodka Chicken. Let me know how you like it! If you like the one-pot wonder, check out my Daytime Ale and Jack Chili Mac, my Homemade Beef Stroganoff in 30 Minutes, or my Magic Wand Any Sausage Skillet Meal.
All three of those dishes are a HOME RUN!
Cheers to exciting weeknight dinners…and always, to your health!