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Pan Seared Chicken Breasts with Carrot-Ginger Broth

Pan Seared Chicken Breasts with Carrot-Ginger BrothThis Asian-inspired gourmet meal-in-a-bowl requires only basic cooking skills to make. The aroma alone is worth the effort, but the taste will win you rave reviews at the dining table. Recipe developed at The American Center for Wine, Food and the Arts, Napa, CA.

Recipe Ingredients:

2 tablespoons light olive oil - divided use
2 tablespoons ginger, roughly chopped
3 cups carrots, peeled and roughly chopped
1/4 cup fennel, roughly chopped
1 clove garlic, roughly chopped
2 shallots, sliced
1/2 cup Mirin or rice wine vinegar
2 3/4 cups chicken stock - divided use
1/2 teaspoon lime zest
4 chicken breast halves, boneless and skinless
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon white pepper
1 tablespoon butter
3 cups bok choy, sliced
1 cup jicama, sliced

Cooking Directions:

  1. In medium sauce pan over medium heat, warm 1 tablespoon light olive oil. Add ginger, carrot, fennel, garlic and shallot; cook, stirring, for 10 minutes. Add Mirin and continue cooking, stirring, about 5 minutes, or until reduced by one half. Add 2 cups chicken stock and lime zest; reduce heat to low and simmer 7 minutes. Strain broth through fine strainer, separating carrot mixture and reserving broth.
  2. While broth is cooking, pound chicken breast halves to even thickness. Season both sides with salt and white pepper. In large sauté pan over medium heat, warm remaining tablespoon light olive oil and butter. Add chicken and cook, turning, until golden brown and cooked throughout, about 6 minutes per side. Remove chicken and set aside.
  3. Place bok choy and jicama in deep sauce pan. Add remaining 3/4 cup chicken stock and cook over medium heat about 3 to 5 minutes, or until vegetables are tender but still have slight crunch left in stalks.
  4. To serve, place bok choy and jicama mixture in center of plate. Top with chicken breast half. Spoon carrot mixture on top and pour 1/4 of liquid broth over each chicken piece.

Makes 4 servings.

Nutritional Information Per Serving (1/4 of recipe): 390 calories; 14 g fat; 3.5 g saturated fat; 25 g carbohydrate.

Recipe and photograph provided courtesy of the National Chicken Council. Used with permission.