Quick Chicken and Veggie Dinner With Farro

Chicken. What can I say? It can be a bit boring, yet is a steady performer, and always in our freezer “just in case”. But this one? Not boring, that’s for sure.

Here’s how we roll:

Cut 2 chicken breasts in half diagonally. Dredge the chicken in flour that is seasoned with a dash of salt and pepper. (Save the flour for later) Cook the chicken in olive oil until lightly browned.

Remove chicken to a plate. Add a bit more oil to the pan, and add diced celery and carrots. Cook over medium heat until tender; remove from pan.

Chop Ingredients

Add sliced mushrooms to the pan and saute until the juices are released.

Cook mushrooms

Add 4 cloves of minced garlic and finely chopped fresh rosemary. Return the cooked carrots and celery to the pan.

Add chopped veggies

BTW, the smell is divine about now….

Sprinkle the remainder of the flour on the cooked veggies, stirring for about a minute to coat them. This step allows you to cook out the raw flour taste.  (Plus, it helps make the sauce thicker.) Add wine (or broth) to deglaze the pan, while stirring for about a minute.

Dump in Add a can of chopped tomatoes (we did not drain them), 1 tablespoon of capers, and some chicken broth (used less than the recipe called for, since we used the tomato juices from the can).

Stir in Stock

Stir in tomatoes

Close up of sauce

Bring to a simmer, return the chicken to the pan, and cook until the sauce gets a bit thickened – about 7 minutes or so – just until the chicken is cooked through completely.

Add chicken to pan

Place a pile of nicely sized helping of farro or rice on a plate, top with a piece of chicken, and top with the saucey goodness.

Ready to Eat

Viola: Add a side salad, and dinner is served.

Verdict: This chicken – Not boring in the least.

Finished Dish

Loosely adapted from EatingWell – Quick Chicken Cacciatore

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6 Responses to Quick Chicken and Veggie Dinner With Farro

  1. Yum, I’m really liking those mushrooms in there. You know for as boring as it sounds, you can sure do a lot with chicken and have it come out tasting fantastic. I was going to ask you if you added some capers in there & just realized that yes, you did & you even said so. Guess I was too busy looking at those pictures.

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    • I’ll have to tell the Hubby that his pictures caught your eye – He’ll be really appreciative of that! This little dish sure did have some flavor to it….I guess chicken is a bit like tofu, absorbing the flavors as you go. How’s your weather? Is Spring there yet?

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      • So close, so close…We had a couple days in the 40’s & even 50’s. Thankfully that melted a ton of the snow but we’ve still got about a foot 1/2 out there in the yard. Tomorrow alas, back down to the 30’s. It’s going to be interesting to see if any of my bulbs bother to come up once the snow melts. Usually by the end of March I’ve got some flowers popping but they might just say fergetaboutit this year.

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        • I hate to tell you this…but it is BEAUTIFUL here today…in the 70’s then back in the 50’s this coming weekend…soon, very soon, Spring will realize it’s time to be here, right?! Hang in there!

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  2. Debra Kolkka says:

    This looks delicious.

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