Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Chicken Pomodoro...with a Tomato Vodka Cream Sauce






As the school year gets underway, can everyone agree that spending hours in the kitchen on the weeknights doesn't sounding as appealing as it did during the lazy days of summer?

Whew.  My brain is exhausted at the end of the day.  I find myself  scanning recipe lists for staple ingredients that I might already have in the kitchen.

I saw the photo of this dish in my binder where I used to file recipes that attracted me (before the advent of fabulous Pinterest) but I dismissed it because it looked like too much  "oh, la, la" ...for a weeknight dinner.




But as I quickly scanned the list of ingredients, I thought..."I have all of that"... and the recipe looks simple enough.  The finished dish in the photo certainly looked more elegant than the few lines of preparation required.  It was a "go".

Could be a win...win...win...for this tired mama.  Our days now are steeped in ancient civilizations, french reflexive verbs, research papers, and the 4 P's of Marketing.  I love this year's high school schedule with my son...but I am no stranger to the increased difficulty level of high school...on the brain cells!

When I placed this dish down on the table and everyone tucked in...the comments were inspiring!  "This is a definite do-again" was unanimously chorused after a few bites.






I really enjoyed this simple but very elegant looking dish and it  will become a staple for weeknight dinners.

We never go without those sweet cherry tomatoes at this time of the year.  I can and do throw them into just about every meal of the day.  

Whether roasted in the oven, sauteed in a cream sauce, or tucked into daily salads, they just make every meal so much more flavorful and pretty.

Chicken Pomodoro..with a Tomato Vodka Cream Sauce

4 chicken cutlets
2 Tablespoons oil (of your choosing)
1/4 cup vodka
1/2 cup chicken broth
2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/2  - 1 cup tomatoes chopped or halved
2 Tablespoons heavy cream
1/3 cup scallions, minced or sliced

Season cutlets with salt and pepper  then dust with flour (I skip the dusting with flour just b/c I don't think it's necessary for our whole foods diet)

Saute cutlets in oil.  Transfer to a platter; pour off fat from pan.  Deglaze pan with vodka (away from flame!!) and cook until vodka is nearly gone.  

Add broth and lemon juice.  Return cutlets to pan and cook each side 1 minute.  Transfer cutlets to a platter.

Finish the sauce with the tomatoes and cream.  Heat through, then pour over the cutlets.  Garnish with scallions

30 comments:

  1. I wonder what rum would taste like in this dish. It's the only alcohol apart from wine we keep in the house. Though I think I have a tiny bottle of cointreau. Maybe...?

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    1. I like just about any liqueur in cream with tomatoes. I would go ahead and try the rum. I would go ahead and use WINE! To me, wine, cream, tomatoes and chicken all work deliciously together! I think the vodka is tasty but it might also be for "effect" too.

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  2. Your family is so very lucky to have you Sarah...for so many reasons!

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  3. Beautiful looking presentation. I bookmarked this...looks so easy and quick for such a great end result.

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  4. The chicken looks so juicy and flavorful. And I love that it's a simple recipe. I will have to try this over the weekend. Thank you for sharing the recipe.

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  5. Thanks for your kind comments on my blog, Sarah. You know, I'm not really sure it's about the food as much as the gesture. My dad was in the Navy, so I think things like this are just second nature to me. I went to 8 different schools by the time I graduated from High School.

    And - I love this recipe. It looks great!

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  6. Ok, it's the lovely photo and the use of vodka that got my attention here! I always deglaze with wines, not vodka, so I know what I'll be opening next time! Such an easy recipe. Love it!

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    1. I know, me too, John. I usually use wine so this was interesting to use the vodka.

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  7. I do cook on a few weeknights and like you look for quick and easy yet flavorful and delicious meals. And this really does look great. Wishing you all the best with the start of a new school year. We started this week too - Junior High!

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    1. Good luck with Jr. High Meeta! I can't wait to see what exciting trips you and you teenager will go on this year.

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  8. I am always looking for new ways to cook my husband's favorite meal (chicken breast) and this looks fast, tasty and relatively healthy -- love that modest amount of cream, just enough to add flavor. Good luck with the beginning of the school year. If anyone can tackle French reflexive verbs, it's you!

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    1. Oh, Ann...I'm telling you...I'll tackle french reflexive verbs ANY day before diving into Chemistry equations and concepts. Thank goodness I have outside resources for Math and Science.

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  9. I'm just so impressed that you have the energy at the end of the day to even think about dinner..let alone cooking up something as elegant and beautiful as this. Looks yummy...perfect for this time of year!!!

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    1. You know what really saves me once a week Marcie? Those wonderful roasted chickens that they sell in the grocery stores now. Sam's has them and they are so delicious! The leftovers go into sandwiches and soup. I probably cook dinners two to three nights/week...and then rely on those roasted chickens for other meals.

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  10. Sarah, This looks like a wonderful dish. I have been trying to use all my cherry tomatoes..we have such an abundance! I have been giving them away, roasting them and just plain eating them for weeks now!! You have just inspired me to roast another batch!

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    1. Aren't you glad all of those tomatoes don't make your skin turn red/orange like they say carrots do!! Ha, Ha!!

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  11. I sure think that this recipe is a keeper. Hope the heat in your part of the world is fading. I have finally started to get my vibe back.

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  12. Oh, Sarah, this looks so tasty! Will surely try the recipe!
    Cheers:)

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  13. I'm going to start coming over to your house for dinner. I hope that's okay.

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  14. Looks delicious- and I agree- cherry tomatoes should always be on the kitchen counter ready to cook with this time of year!

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  15. Oh my Sarah! This is everyday elegance at its best. You deserve a dinner like this after keeping pace with your sons high school curriculum (pat on back coming up!)

    I have never played with vodka sauce - and why ever not? You've inspired me :)

    chow! Devaki @ weavethousandflavors

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    1. Thank you Devaki. I love anything to do with liberal arts course work...thank goodness we have a school for him for MATH!!

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  16. This one almost slipped by me---I'm sure glad I didn't miss it. I'm one of those chicken-challenged cooks. I know I should cook it occasionally, but I can never get inspired. This, however, is inspiring. A vodka cream sauce and some late summer tomatoes are welcome on my dinner table anytime :)

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  17. Looks like a great family dinner to me. I love those simple yet unforgettable dishes.

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  18. Yep - this is definitely a win, win! SO delicious
    Mary x

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  19. Looks delicious! Perfect weeknight dinner!

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  20. Oh Sarah, you have done it again! I will definitely be making this one. It looks beautiful but the best part is how easy it is. A great dish for weekday or weekend. And those photos...

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  21. thanks for sharing..

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