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Red-Pepper Lemon Chicken

This was a really tasty dinner. The warm bean salad underneath the chicken packed a lot of flavor. The chicken was really moist and the lemon really brightened the dish up. It made a really comforting meal.

Red-pepper Lemon Chicken
Sunset February 2008

Prep and Cook Time: about 30 minutes.

Yield: Makes 4 servings

2 tablespoons olive oil
4 boned skinned chicken breast halves (8 oz. each)
2 large shallots, minced
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup reduced-sodium chicken stock
1 jar (7 oz.) roasted red peppers, drained and sliced
1 can (15 oz.) cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
About 1/2 tsp. salt
About 1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 tablespoon lemon juice
Shredded zest of 1 lemon
1/4 cup freshly and finely shredded parmesan

1. Preheat oven to 375°. Heat olive oil in a large, heavy ovenproof frying pan (not nonstick) over high heat until oil is hot but not smoking. Add chicken breasts, top side down, and cook until golden, 2 to 3 minutes. Turn chicken over.

2. Add shallots and garlic to pan with chicken, stirring occasionally so garlic doesn’t burn, until shallots are soft and translucent, 3 to 4 minutes. Add chicken stock, roasted red peppers, cannellini beans, 1/2 tsp. salt, 1/4 tsp. pepper, and red pepper flakes and cook until mixture begins to boil, about 1 minute.

3. Cover pan and put in oven. Bake 14 to 16 minutes, or until chicken is just cooked through (cut to check). Transfer chicken to a plate.

4. Season roasted red pepper-cannelini bean-stock mixture with salt and pepper to taste and stir in lemon juice and zest. Divide vegetables among 4 rimmed plates or shallow pasta bowls, top each with a piece of chicken, and spoon sauce over all. Garnish with parmesan.

MacGourmet Rating: 4 Stars

Ashley Covelli is a food photographer, recipe developer, and culinary instructor based in Ossining, New York. She loves helping people become enthusiastic and adventurous in the kitchen so that they can build skills and confidence to cook for themselves and their loved ones. She can almost always be found with at least 3 different beverages within arm's reach.

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