Fancy or family friendly. Here is a great chicken dish that you can prepare for company or for your family by making a simple substitution. For impressive entertaining use wine in the recipe, for everyday cooking substitute with chicken broth. Delicious results both ways!
1/2 cup chopped raw pistachios (about 2 ounces)
1/2 cup chopped raw slivered almonds (about 2 ounces)
1/2 cup Panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)*
1/4 cup Dijon mustard
3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
1 teaspoon dried rosemary
4 5-ounce skinless boneless chicken breast halves
2 tablespoons (about) olive oil
Preheat oven to 400°F. Coarsely grind nuts in processor. Transfer to shallow baking dish and stir in Panko* crumbs. Mix mustard, basil and rosemary in medium bowl. Spread mustard mixture over both sides of each chicken breast. Dip chicken breasts into nut mixture, coating completely. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Heat 2 tablespoons oil in heavy large skillet over medium heat. Add 2 chicken breasts to skillet and cook until golden brown, about 2 minutes per side. Transfer chicken to baking sheet. Remove any leftover nuts from skillet. Repeat with remaining 2 chicken breasts, adding more oil to skillet as necessary. Add to baking sheet.
Bake chicken in pre-heated oven until cooked through, about 10 to 14 minutes. While chicken is baking prepare Cream Sauce.
Light Cream Sauce:
1/2 cup chicken broth
1/2 cup dry white wine (OR substitute with additional ½ cup chicken broth)
1/4 cup chopped shallots
1/4 cup Fat Free Half and Half (OR substitute with ¼ cup Cream)
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
In the same skillet that chicken was cooked in, add white wine, chicken broth and shallots. Simmer over medium heat while stirring to scrape the brown bits from the bottom of the skillet until liquid is boiled down, about 4 minutes. Add cream , Dijon mustard and basil. Stir well to blend flavors. Remove from heat. Season sauce to taste with salt and pepper.
Spoon Mustard-Cream Sauce over chicken and serve immediately.
*If you can't find Panko breadcrumbs, regular breadcrumbs can be used.