How To Pan Fry Chicken Breasts
Not only is this a delicious chicken recipe, it is great way to demonstrate the proper way to pan fry. You will definitely want to read my article on The Difference Between Saute – Pan Fry and Stir Fry before you start this recipe.
And once you know how to saute a chicken breast properly, you can create dozens of other meals just by changing the ingredients for the pan sauce.
This recipe requires you to reduce 1 cup of homemade chicken stock for the sauce. Stock reductions are often used in professional kitchens to make sauces.
If you don't want to spend the time reducing stocks, you can try making your own stock reductions or glaces yourself.
An alternative is to buy professional quality stock reductions at your gourmet market or online. For learn more and a great source to buy online, check out my stock reduction suggestions.
Sauteed Chicken Breasts with Shallots and Garlic
- 4 chicken breast halves boneless - skinless
- 1½ tablespoons butter unsalted
- 1½ tablespoons olive oil or vegetable oil
- salt and ground pepper to taste
- 3 shallots finely chopped
- 2 cloves garlic finely chopped
- ½ cup dry white wine
- 1 cup chicken stock
- ¾ cup heavy cream
- Finely chop the shallots and garlic. Have the rest of the ingredients ready to go.
- Season the chicken breasts with salt and pepper on both sides.
- Pre-heat your saute pan (frying pan) until drops of water quickly evaporate. This means the pan is at least 212° F.
- Heat butter and oil in a heavy bottomed pan over high heat until butter stops foaming and just starts to turn a light brown.
- Sauté the breasts until they are lightly browned on one side, approx. 3 minutes.
- Turn breasts over and sauté for another 3 minutes, again until lightly browned. (At this point the meat should be firm to the touch.)
- Transfer the chicken breasts to a plate, cover with aluminum foil, and keep warm in the oven or toaster oven set at low.
- Remove the pan from the head source, and add half of the wine to deglaze the pan, stirring to dissolve the flavorful brown particles stuck to the pan.
- Return pan to the stove and add the shallots and cook until translucent, about 2 minutes.
- Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute, making sure the garlic doesn’t burn. (It makes the dish bitter if it does)
- Add the remaining wine and reduce (boil) until only a trace of wine is left in the pan.
- Add the chicken stock and reduce to half the original amount, approx. 6-7 minutes.
- Add the cream, and again reduce until the sauce is thick enough to coat a spoon.
- Spoon sauce over cutlets and serve.
I have cooked this several times and it has always been a hit, with many nice remarks about the delicious sauce. It's definitely a winning recipe.