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Sunday, January 11, 2009

Chicken St. Rémy, and one of life's great mysteries...

Happy Sunday, everyone! Today I'm sharing a recipe I've been fooling around with, and I think I've finally gotten it right.

Herbes de Provence is featured in this dish--and it's one of my favorite herb blends to use. If you've never tried it, you should! The name of the dish was chosen by my friend, Jane. St. Rémy is a town located in Provence, and from what I've seen online, it's a gorgeous place! Someday, right?

So this recipe came to be from a pack of boneless chicken, and a trip through my pantry. We've got canned tomatoes, Herbes de Provence, some shallots and garlic, and the ever important red wine. mmmm. And it's really easy, too!

Chicken St. Rémy

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2 boneless chicken breasts, filleted (about 1 1/2 lbs total)
dried Herbes de Provence, for sprinkling over the chicken
2 good sized shallots, finely diced
4 cloves of garlic, chopped
1/4-1/2 cup red wine, for deglazing pan
1 cup chicken broth
14 oz can diced tomatoes, undrained
1/2 tsp dried Herbes de Provence
1/2 tsp dried basil
salt and pepper, to taste

Sprinkle both sides of filleted chicken breasts with salt and pepper, and Herbes de Provence. How much? Not too much, but don't be stingy, either.
Heat a pan over medium high heat, and add a couple tablespoons of olive oil.
Saute each piece of chicken for 2-4 minutes per side, depending on thickness. You're not cooking them fully now, just getting some nice color on them.
Remove to a plate.
Add shallots and garlic to the pan, deglaze with the wine, and saute for about 5 minutes.
Add broth, tomatoes, the 1/2 tsp Herbes de Provence and basil.
Bring to a boil, add the chicken and any accumulated juices back to the pan.
Cover and simmer for 10 minutes, or until the chicken is done.
Serve chicken with tomatoes and sauce.

The potatoes in the photos are amazingly simple, and totally addictive. Take your favorite potatoes, scrubbed clean. Partially bake them in the microwave--but be sure to poke them with a fork so they don't explode first! Give them a few minutes in there, then cut them into roughly equal size. Heat some oil in a pan, add your potatoes and whatever seasonings you like-salt and pepper, in this case a little Herbes de Provence. Really, whatever you like. Get them nice and brown and crunchy and that's it. So easy!

And now for the mystery. Disappearing flatware. Does this happen to you guys? I don't know how in the heck it happens! Sometimes it's forks, other times it's spoons or knives. At this moment, it happens to be forks. WTF (what the fork)? We had a lot, now I need to go out and buy some. And also 1/4 cup measuring cups. I have 3 sets of measuring cups, and each one is missing the 1/4 cup. huh???

It's like socks in the dryer. I just don't get it. And...I don't like it. ;)

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Bunny said...

This looks very good Elle!

Vicki said...

Looks easy and delicious! And I have the same problem with spoons. I blame my Youngest, but I never have proof.

LizNoVeggieGirl said...

YES!! My dishware is disappearing too!! I need more knives :-(

Bob said...

That sounds wicked good. I have some chicken I need to use in the fridge right now...

Yeah, I have disappearing flatware too. It's forks here. I blame my cats... :)

kat said...

That sounds fantastic! Does anyone take silverware to work for lunch?

Kaitlin said...

That looks amazing! I've got to try it.

Sharon said...

I still haven't gotten my hands on Herbes de Provence. My spice rack is overflowing, but I suppose I can squeeze another bottle in there. The chicken looks amazing!

Celine's Cuisine said...

Herbes de Provence, Tomatoes, garlic, onions , chicken make always a great marriage! I guess your kitchen was smelling like the one in St Remy de Provence the one near the " Place du Village" and church!
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Ingrid_3Bs said...

That looks and sounds like a great dish. Hopefully I don't do my usual & overcook the chicken.

I've never cooked with red wine or bought any. Do you have one you can suggest? And how do I store it after I open it? I don't drink at all!
Thanks and thanks for sharing another great recipe!

Rhyleysgranny said...

That looks delicious. I loves herbs de Provence too. I do like your tip about the potatoes.I have a habit of not using my microwave enough.

grace said...

super simple yet completely delicious. plus, i like saying "herbes de provence" in my artificial french accent. :)
i'm the opposite of you in the flatware conundrum--i often find pieces that i've never seen before. so maybe the stuff you're losing is finding its way into my drawer... :)

Anonymous said...

This looks fantastic Elle - I can't be without herbs de province in the kitchen -so versatile & a great store cupboard substitute!

Anonymous said...

Wow- this looks wonderful. I am adding it to my to try soon list. Great photos too. I love your blog. Check it daily. Thanks!

Judy@nofearentertaining said...

Great looking dish Elle!!! Where does that silverware go?

RecipeGirl said...

Looks really great. I just used HDP on a roasted lamb this weekend- so good.

In my house, it's the spoons. They are slowly disappearing.

Half Baked said...

Sounds like a super easy tasty weeknight recipe! Thanks!! Hope you locate your runaway flatware;-P

Unknown said...

That looks incredible. I adore Herbes de Provence! I have been to Provence and it is more beautiful than you can imagine! The colors, the smells, the people... Good times...

PS some of my corningware containers are missing! Tell me how do those get out of my site?!


Anonymous said...

So weird.... I *just* bought herbes de provence last week for the first time in my life. I was going to google for a recipe using the herb mix. Now I don't have to! I have every ingredient you list!

Anonymous said...

Oh, Elle. I must have your forks over here. Btw....have you seen mine? lmfao Seriously...I have unidentified flatware in my drawer, and yet am *missing* a good part of my own. Where has it gone? I mean seriously! How is that even possible?

Your chicken sounds divine....I love every single recipe you post, girl. MUAC!

Karen @ Mignardise said...

A perfect dinner!
Teaspoons are always disappearing in our house. When a snowstorm is forecasted, the kids put them under their pillows because it's supposed to bring a school snow day. And I never get them back. Did you ever hear of such a thing?

Lore said...

Gorgeous place, delicious doesn't get better than this! I think I'm in love with herbes de Provence just as much as I love Feta.
The dish looks absolutely gorgeous!

test it comm said...

That chicken looks really tasty and good!

Anonymous said...

And what the HELL happens to Tupperware and its lids?????

Peter M said...

Herbs de Provence is a fave of mine too and I love the simplicity here. Noted for a tasting in the near future.

Mrs Ergül said...

This looks great! just chicken and pantry essentials! i will be trying this out soon!

while we were renting last time, we keep losing 1 particular model of spoon. even after replacing it with the same model the first time. Shortly after, it went missing again!

Unknown said...

Oh wow, that's how I make my fish! Never made it with chicken. I have to try that.

Laurie said...

This dish looks delicous and simple enough to make on a weeknight!

Your silverware dilmma cracked me up. At my house it's spoons and Tupperware. I literally buy spoons every time I'm in a thrift store because I refuse to buy new ones just to fret when they disappear.

toontz said...

Ha! I think all those things hang out together and party. The chicken looks delicious. That is one herb blend I never think of using. I will have a good excuse to pick it up now. Thanks, Elle!

Anonymous said...

The chicken looks great! I have a weakness for chicken and potatoes, so you're definitely after my heart with this one.

And I've got the same problem with disappearing ware too! The last time it was my measuring cups, so I went to get a new set, only to find the missing ones in my niece's toy box. So maybe you should look around to suspects who might play with them!

Anonymous said...

Made this last night and it was quick, simple & good. Thumbs up from the hubs, too! Thanks. :)

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