Thursday, September 23, 2010

What's for dinner?

The other night at soccer practice another mom and I were talking about cooking dinner for our families. I shared with her my thoughts on cooking (a philosophy I learned from a great friend and cook in Chicago) 'I like to cook, just don't make me do it every night - it takes the fun out of it'.

But dang it - my family feels the need to eat dinner every night.

Part of the problem we decided is coming up with what to make - I am hoping this get's easier as my kids learn to appreciate more foods (I appreciate their velveeta shells, can't they pretend to appreciate my lemon asparagus without plugging their noses and making gagging sounds?)

Well, last night I found a new family favorite. So here it is - and it is SO GOOD!

Oh - if you don't have white wine - apple juice works great too, I even used a juice box - that's how we roll around here.

Ingredients

  • 6 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
  • 6 slices Swiss cheese
  • 6 slices ham
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 1 teaspoon chicken bouillon granules
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream

Directions

  1. Pound chicken breasts if they are too thick. Place a cheese and ham slice on each breast within 1/2 inch of the edges. Fold the edges of the chicken over the filling, and secure with toothpicks. Mix the flour and paprika in a small bowl, and coat the chicken pieces.
  2. Heat the butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat, and cook the chicken until browned on all sides. Add the wine and bouillon. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 30 minutes, until chicken is no longer pink and juices run clear.
  3. Remove the toothpicks, and transfer the breasts to a warm platter. Blend the cornstarch with the cream in a small bowl, and whisk slowly into the skillet. Cook, stirring until thickened, and pour over the chicken. Serve warm.


4 comments:

klonghall September 24, 2010 at 4:49 AM  

Yum! That sounds tasty! I've made a deconstructed version of this that bakes in the oven. It's got the same flavors, but is good for a day when you don't have much prep time. I like the idea, though, of this new one bc it's all on the stove. I agree w/ the "don't make me do it every night." I try to cook M-Th. And, most of those days, it's hard, no matter how much I plan in advance. F & Sat. are my days off. That's what fish sticks, corn dogs, mac 'n cheese & leftovers are for. (Plus, mom & dad's date night!) I sometimes cook on Sun, but Donnie will often take care of dinner for us. And, nothing chaps me like hearing complaints when I've worked like crazy to get said dinner on the table. Grrr... I tell them, if you don't like it, you can still be polite. Oh, and I'm not making you anything else. THIS is dinner. (And, Abby, lately will just say, "I'm not really hungry.")

mindy September 25, 2010 at 8:03 AM  

looks delish!! i'll try it this next week. ery excited that i can find all those ingredients here--especially the juice box. love you!

David & Alayna Despain September 28, 2010 at 1:05 AM  

That might be something my whole family actually likes! Between David and Emma, that's pretty rare. I'll let you know how it turns out!

klonghall October 5, 2010 at 5:28 PM  

We made this for dinner tonight. Everyone just about licked their plates clean! I wish I had made more! We doubled the sauce & ate this with rice & baby peas. Thanks for sharing.

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