How many time have you tried to make chicken and it has come out flavorless and dry? Be honest! We have all been there. You are standing there with the chicken breast or thighs and think, “Well I guess I will just throw them in the pan.” A lot of people cook them completely dry with just some salt and pepper. Snooze button!
I have a lot of people constantly asking me how to make chicken or how to make a quick meal because they just don’t have the time. Let me say that making something that tastes and looks fancy doesn’t have to take 2 hours!
This is also perfect for a college student. They don’t have a lot of room for a bunch of ingredients or seasonings. I made this in my Aunt’s kitchen while I was watching her 3 dogs for 8 nights and she is not a cook at all and therefore has absolutely no kitchen stuff! Yes, this week I made this meal while watching her 3 dogs, my 2 dogs and a baby! It can be done people. This was a perfect meal because I just went to the store to pick up a few things and I was done! You can throw it over rice, pasta, quinoa, or some steamed veggie and you’re done!
Have you ever watched that many dogs? It’s crazy! There were dogs everywhere. I had no alone time, ever! I couldn’t even go to the bathroom without at least 3 dogs following me. Could I have just 2 minutes of privacy please! I finally found a baby gate to put up so that I could just have about a 2 foot bubble away from anything that was drooling or panting. Well, except Graeyson, he does drool at times.
This week we are in San Diego celebrating Mr. Graeyson’s first birthday! I will be anxious to get home after this. I have spent one night at home in three weeks. It has been a very busy few weeks for us! I can’t wait to get back in my own kitchen and whip out some goodness!
Happy Hump Day! Mike, Mike, Mike…
- 10 boneless skinless chicken thighs
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tablespoon shallots, finely minced
- 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
- 1 teaspoon fresh thyme, finely minced and 12 single sprigs of fresh thyme
- 1 tablespoon and 1/2 teaspoon arrowroot powder
- 10 tiny drops of liquid smoke (optional for a slight hickory flavor)
- 1 tablespoon of good balsamic vinegar
- 1/2 teaspoon worcestershire sauce
- 1 pint grape tomatoes (you could also do mushrooms instead)
- 2 cups dry white wine (preferably Italian)
- In a large skillet heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil
- Sprinkle salt and pepper on both sides of the chicken thighs
- Arrange the chicken thighs in the skillet
- Cook the chicken thighs for about 4 minutes on each side
- Once the chicken has cooked through set them aside
- Add the shallots, garlic, and the chopped thyme (not the sprigs) to the remaining chicken juice in the skillet
- Cook for about 3 minutes until it starts to get bubbly
- Add in 2 cups of dry white wine
- Add in the arrowroot powder and allow it to dissolve before adding anything else (you may need to chase it around with a wooden spoon and break it down)
- Add in the balsamic vinegar, worcestershire sauce and liquid smoke
- Add in the thyme sprigs
- Allow the sauce to cook on medium/low heat for about 20-25 minutes
- Once the sauce has thickened give it a taste and add a couple dashes of salt and pepper if needed
- If the sauce is not thick enough for you add a little more arrowroot powder
- Add the chicken back in and smother it in the sauce
- Add your tomatoes or mushrooms (thinly sliced if using) and cook on medium heat for about 2-3 minutes.
- Serve with quinoa, rice, potatoes, veggies, on top of pasta…