Lunch

Chicken Breast in a Creamy Mushroom Sauce


I love Chicken! Especially with a sauce. If you like Mushrooms and Chicken you will love this dish.

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It’s a quick recipe and you don’t need a lot of ingredients. You will need fresh chicken breast, fresh mushrooms, an onion, some garlic, white wine (any wine that isn’t too sweet will do), heavy cream and chicken broth. I didn’t have any fresh herbs so I used dry thyme. Parsley or oregano is also suitable.

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First you start with the chicken. You have to hammer the chicken using a tenderizer and plastic wrap. Put each piece of chicken breast between the plastic wrap and hammer the chicken with the tenderizer. Don’t hammar it too hard, that you don’t break the meat fibers. You can skip this part, but I have made the experience, that the meat is softer and tender, when you do it.

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The next step is to saute the meat. Place a large pan over medium heat and add 3 Tbsp Olive oil to lightly coat the pan. Once the oil is hot, add the chicken breast and saute until golden brown. Season the chicken with salt and pepper. You can also use different spices. When the meat is done, put the chicken breast in a baking dish. Don’t clean the pan yet, it will still be needed for the sauce.

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Now you have to make the sauce. First cut the mushrooms. You can cut them in halves or however you like them. Then you cut the onion and garlic. Place the pan, that was used before, over medium heat. Into the pan put 2 Tbsp. Olive oil and 2 Tbsp. butter. Once the oil and butter are hot, put in the mushrooms, onions and garlic. Allow the mushrooms to sear for 6 minutes, while stirring them.
Put the mushrooms over the Chicken breast in the baking dish.

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Put the pan over high heat and add the white wine. Let it simmer, till it’s reduced by half. Add heavy cream and Chicken broth and let it simmer for another 5 minutes on medium heat. Season with salt and pepper. Then put the sauce over the chicken and mushrooms. Sprinkle the herbs on top.

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Preheat the oven to 350 Fahrenheit. Bake the Chicken for 30 minutes. This time I served it with Spaetzle. It’s a type of Pasta made with eggs and a German speciality. But you can use any other side dishes, like potatoes or rice.

Ingredients serves 4

  • 4 Chicken breast
  • 1 lb Mushrooms
  • 1 onion
  • 1 garlic clove
  • Olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp Butter
  • 2 Cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 Cup White wine
  • 1/2 Cup Chicken broth
  • Salt and Pepper

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Using a mallet, pound down the chicken breast. Sprinkle a pinch of salt and pepper on both sides of the chicken.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350ºF.
  3. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add the chicken and allow to brown on both sides for 2-3 minutes per side. Don’t worry if the chicken isn’t cooked completely, it’ll be finished in the oven. Remove the chicken and place it into a baking dish.
  4. Heat 2 Tbsp Butter and 2 Tbsp Olive oil over medium high heat , add the mushrooms, onions and garlic to the skillet.
  5. Allow the mushrooms to sear for 6 minutes, while stirring them.
  6. Put the mushrooms over the chicken.
  7. Put 1/2 cup wine in the skillet, cook on high heat till it’s reduced by half. Add 2 Cups heavy cream and 1/2 Cup Chicken broth. Cook on medium heat for 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
  8. Pour the sauce over the chicken and bake for 30 minutes.
  9. Enjoy!

Grilled Pizza

It’s BBQ Season again. I almost couldn’t wait. A Pizza from the BBQ is so delicious. While my family likes a plain Pizza, just Pepperoni or Salami and Cheese, I prefer a Pizza with tuna and onions, or even more with lot’s of vegetables, Olives and Feta cheese. In this recipe I’ll give you the basic recipe for the grilled pizza and you can choose your topics.

The dough doesn’t need much of ingredients. Just flour, yeast, salt, sugar, olive oil and warm water.

First you combine yeast, sugar and warm water. Stir it until yeast is resolved. Let it rest for 15 min. If it has to go quick, and that is often like that, I just skip the 15 min. It works as well.

Put all the other ingredients in a bowl and add the yeast water. Knead it with hands or with the kitchen aid for 5 min. Cover the dough and let it rise for 1 hour or until the dough has doubled.

Divide the dough into 6 equal pieces.

Cover the dough with a kitchen towel or with tinfoil. Prepare the cheese and tomato sauce. You can either buy your favorite tomato sauce or take your homemade sauce.

Roll each piece on a floured surface until it has a thin shape. Take some semolina and litter it on a wooden board. Use enough or the dough will stick on the board. Put the dough on the wooden board and then put tomato sauce on it. Use as much as you like. My family doesn’t like too much sauce.

Put the grated cheese on top of the tomato sauce and then cover it with pepperoni or salami or what ever you like.

Put a Pizza stone on your BBQ and preheat it to 550 Fahrenheit.

Transfer the Pizza from the wooden board to the pizza stone with a spatula.

Close the BBQ and bake the pizza for 5 min. Don’t open the lid.


This is my pizza. Tomato sauce, cheese, tuna and onions and olives

Ingredients serves 6

  • 500 g all purpose flour
  • 300 g warm water
  • 10 g yeast
  • 30 g olive oil
  • tomato sauce
  • 1 kg cheese, grated
  • pepperoni or
  • topping of your choice
  • semolina

Directions

First you combine yeast, sugar and warm water. Stir it until yeast is resolved. Let it rest for 15 min. If it has to go quick, and that is often like that, I just skip the 15 min. It works as well.

Put all the other ingredients in a bowl and add the yeast water. Knead it with hands or with the kitchen aid for 5 min. Cover the dough and let it rise for 1 hour or until the dough has doubled.

Divide the dough into 6 equal pieces.

Cover the dough with a kitchen towel or with tinfoil. Prepare the cheese and tomato sauce. You can either buy your favorite tomato sauce or use your homemade sauce.

Roll each piece on a floured surface until it has a thin shape. Take some semolina and litter it on a wooden board. Use enough or the dough will stick on the board. Put the dough on the wooden board and then put tomato sauce on it. Use as much as you like.

Put the grated cheese on top of the tomato sauce and then cover it with pepperoni or with toppings of your choice.

Put a Pizza stone on your BBQ and preheat it to 550 Fahrenheit.

Transfer the Pizza from the wooden board to the pizza stone with a spatula.

Close the BBQ and bake the pizza for about 5 min, depends how much toppings you have. It will take longer, if you have more toppings. Don’t open the lid.

In the meantime you can make the next pizza.

Enjoy!

Gyros in Ajvar Sauce

I have been asked many times to share this recipe. It is not very low in fat, but it’s delicious!

You will need fresh chicken breast, fresh mushrooms, red pepper, beef broth, Greek seasoning, Ajvar, olive oil, whipping cream, table cream, white wine, garlic, corn starch and cheese. You can take mild Ajvar or the hot version. I took hot Ajvar, and it was just perfect. Not too hot.

The first thing to do is marinate the meat. Cut chicken breast in stripes. Mix with grated garlic, olive oil and Greek seasoning. Let it rest for 30 min. The meat can be marinated a day in adance. Then keep in the fridge.

Cut the pepper in cubes, mushrooms in slices.

Heat 2 Tablespoons of Olive oil in a skillet on high heat. Add marinated chicken and cook until it’s brown. Put the chicken in a baking dish.

Add 2 tbs. of olive oil to the skillet. Add peppers. Cook on medium heat for 5 min.

Put the peppers in the baking dish.

Add again 2 tbsp. of olive oil to the skillet and cook the mushrooms until they are brown. Put them on top of the peppers.

Heat 1 tbs of olive oil in the same skillet over medium heat. Add the minced garlic and let it cook for 1 minute. Add white wine and let it cook for 2 min.

Add Ajvar sauce.

And whipping cream, table cream and beef broth.

Whisk the corn starch with whipping cream. Add to thicken the sauce.

Let it cook until it boils up. Add salt and pepper if needed.

Pour the sauce over the meat and vegetables.

Put grated cheese on top and bake on 350 Fahrenheit for 30 min.

Ingridients

  • Chicken breast 1kg
  • Olive oil 40 ml +7 tbsp.
  • Greek spice 3 Tbsp.
  • Beef broth, 2 Tbsp.
  • Mushrooms, fresh 200 g
  • Pepper, red 1
  • Garlic, 2 gloves
  • White wine, 150 ml
  • Ajvar, 3 Tbsp.
  • Whipping cream, 400ml
  • Coffee dream, 200 ml
  • Corn starch 1 Tbsp.
  • Grated cheese 200g
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Instructions

Cut chicken breast in stripes. Mix with grated garlic, olive oil and Greek seasoning. Let it rest for 30 min. The meat can be marinated a day in adance. Then keep in the fridge.

Cut the pepper in cubes, mushrooms in slices.

Heat 2 Tablespoons of Olive oil in a skillet on high heat. Add marinated chicken and cook until it’s brown. Put the chicken in a baking dish.

Add 2 tbs. of olive oil to the skillet. Add peppers. Cook on medium heat for 5 min.

Put the peppers in the baking dish.

Heat 1 tbs of olive oil in the same skillet over medium heat. Add the minced garlic and let it cook for 1 minute. Add white wine and let it cook for 2 min.

Add 2 tbsp. of olive oil to the skillet and cook the mushrooms until they are brown. Put them on top of the peppers.

Add Ajvar sauce, whipping cream, table cream and beef broth.

Whisk corn starch with whipping cream. Add to thicken the sauce.

Let it cook until it boils up. Add salt and pepper if needed.

Pour the sauce over the meat and vegetables.

Put grated cheese on top and bake on 350 Fahrenheit for 30 min.

You can serve this dish with rice or noodles.

Enjoy!