4.06.2009

Lemon Chicken with Roasted Potatoes and Artichokes

Lemon Chicken with Roasted Potatoes and Artichokes
I have found that my best dinners are the ones in which I do not put much thought. Even though I am a firm believer in planning dinners and limiting my grocery store trips each week, being able to toss together dinner with the ingredients I have on hand is a satisfying experience. By keeping a few staple ingredients on hand, I can improvise our dinner without too much strain on my brain.

My pantry usually contains rices, pastas, olives, canned artichoke hearts, canned diced tomatoes, olive oil, sun dried tomatoes, roasted peppers, canned beans, potatoes, garlic, and onions. My freezer holds chicken, fish, ground turkey, edamame, peas, spinach, and corn. The refrigerator always has milk, half and half, eggs, butter, soy sauce, mustard, Parmesan cheese, and a vinaigrette dressing for a quick marinade.

With the varying palates of the members of my family, my meal plan revolves around serving dinners that have something for everyone. I am of the tough love school of thought in that you eat what is served for dinner. I save my short order cooking skills for weekend mornings. With a variety of ingredients in each dish, those who like chicken and potatoes are just as happy as those who prefer artichokes and sun dried tomatoes in a creamy lemon sauce.

By using ingredients such as tangy artichoke hearts, slightly fruity and chewy sun dried tomatoes, and crispy roasted potatoes, the dish is infused with a variety of flavors with minimal work. Combining roasted vegetables, sauteed chicken, flavorful tomatoes and fresh herbs with a creamy lemon sauce, dinner can be on the table before in a snap. With the variety of ingredients, all who join your dinner table will find something to please their tastes.



Creamy Lemon Chicken with Roasted Potatoes and Artichokes

serves 5

5 red potatoes, cubed, bite-sized
2 - 3 tablespoons olive oil
salt
pepper
1 (15-ounce) can artichoke hearts, quartered and drained
4 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cubed
1/4 cup white wine
1/3 cup cream
1/2 cup chicken stock
4 sun dried tomatoes, soaked in boiling water to rehydrate, and sliced thin
juice of 1/2 lemon
2 tablespoons of chopped fresh parsley
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, shredded

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

On a large rimmed baking sheet, toss potatoes with olive oil, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, and 1/2 teaspoon of pepper. Roast for about 25 minutes, stirring once, until beginning to become golden brown. Add artichoke hearts and roast an additional 20 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside.

Meanwhile, in a large saute pan over medium high heat, drizzle 2 tablespoons of olive oil and add the chicken. Saute for 6 - 7 minutes or until chicken to cooked through. Add wine and cook for 1 minute. Add the cream and chicken stock and let reduce for 3 - 4 minutes. Add roasted potatoes and artichokes, sun dried tomatoes, lemon juice, parsley, Parmesan cheese and toss to coat. Season with salt and pepper. Serve.

20 comments:

Patti Anastasia said...

Amy, you've done it again. I must make this.

Ninette said...

I would eat this for dinner!

kat said...

All those flavors together sound wonderful

Jeff said...

I have done something very similar to this but I throw everything into a foil pouch and cook/grill in that. Going to have to give this a shot because I love those flavors and for week nights simple is best.

Hillary said...

This is such a great recipe! Would you have a non dairy substitute for cream or can this be omitted altogether?

teresa said...

Oh this is just beautiful! What a great combination of food!

DineInDiva said...

Looks yummy!

Bellini Valli said...

Anything with lemon, artichokes and chicken has to be on my list to try:D

EAT! said...

patti anastasia - thanks so much. too bad there weren't any leftovers.

ninette - give it a try. you'll love it.

kat - lemon, artichoke and sd tomatoes are such great ingredients!

jeff - I love cooking in foil pouches - no clean up.

hillary - there is a sub. called MimicCreme that is non dairy. Look for it at your grocery store. Otherwise plain soy milk will work. You could leave it out and add a little more stock, but it wouldn't be as creamy. good luck.

Dragon said...

I'd be asking for seconds before I even started to eat this. Yum!

MaryBeth said...

This dinner just screams SPRING to me, it looks so delish!

Elyse said...

I love dishes that you can just throw together--especially when they involve artichokes. I ADORE artichokes. This chicken dish sound just delightful. A perfect weeknight meal!

Kevin said...

That looks so good! I have been looking for new ways to enjoy artichokes.

Lauren said...

looks divine!

Elin said...

I love this my husband can not eat dairy so we skipped the cream, and we did not use any wine either but we added mushrooms, cherry tomatoes and bell pepper. :)

Lori said...

This dish looks really good.

I am that way too with my kids. You eat what you are served. Sometimes if I am making something like curry I will make them "kid" food but otherwise they eat what I make.

3outta5 said...

WOW!!! Fabulous!!! Just enjoyed it for dinner -- my whole family loved it. Thanks!

EAT! said...

3outta5 - so glad the family loved dinner. I had forgotten about this recipe for a while. Time to put it back in the queue.

Juliann said...

Super delicious!
Quick, Easy, super clean up, and my toddler loved it too. Cant ask for anything more then that. I loved the mixture of ingredients and it had just the right amount of creamy-mess without being too much. I used fresh tomatoes instead of sundried and it was delicious.

Bunny Adoption said...

I just stumbled onto this recipe! It's a chilly, rainy evening in Antigua, Guatemala and I wanted to cook something hearty, without feeling "heavy."

This dish was perfect. It's tough to find sun dried tomatoes down here, so I just roasted tomatoes in the oven, and that worked well.

I also added 3 crushed garlic gloves to the potatoes and artichokes while roasting.

When my picky husband says, "and you WILL make this again" after one bite, I know it's a winner!

THANK YOU!