This easy pan-seared chicken is a great weeknight dinner! It seriously tastes restaurant quality. The creamy mustard sauce compliments the broccolini perfectly!
One of my friends, who is just a couple weeks more pregnant than I am, told me that she’s like regular size pregnant, and I’m like “fun size” pregnant.
Here’s the most recent picture I could find of myself. Does this look FUN SIZE to you? Or anything involving the word fun??
Okay, so it was kinda fun to meet Chewy I guess. Kinda. (Does anyone else think it’s weird meeting characters at Disneyland as an adult? I’m like, hi stranger wearing a costume, let’s take a picture. Or maybe let’s not?) Someone was telling me about a comedian’s stint they heard (I can’t find it?) about how the characters at Disney are really just regular employees who are on probation. Walt’s like, “Until you start showing up to work on time, you’re gonna have to wear the fur suit and wave all day.” “No, please!”
Today’s recipe is adapted from my dear friend Amy’s new cookbook, Good Fast Eats. (See I TOLD you I had a ton of friends writing cookbooks!) Amy has been blogging over at BellyFull for years and years, and is an amazing cook. She lives right here in Sacramento, so unlike most of my blog friends, we get to hang out in real life (like last week when she threw me a baby shower!)
If anyone should be writing a cookbook, it’s Amy. She’s mastered the art of delicious dinners on the go. She’s got two busy kids who won’t take drive-through for an answer (well. Maybe they would, but she won’t!) and she’s compiled her favorite go-to meals in a truly awesome collection. I’m so proud of her!
Last week we made the 7 hour drive home from Disneyland and pulled up to the house a little before dinnertime. Of course there was hardly any food in the fridge, but Amy’s new cookbook was sitting in my mailbox and I started flipping through it. I saw her recipe for Easy Ground Beef Stroganoff and happened to have all the ingredients, so I threw it together in less than half an hour. It was delicious. So I really do mean it when I say the recipes Amy brings to the table are easy and fast, and often use staples so you don’t even have to run to the store.
Another example, I mentioned above that she threw me a baby shower for us Sacramento bloggers (thanks again Amy!!), and made this Chile Relleno Casserole for brunch. I had like 3 servings it was so good. Then I went home and made it for dinner that night. For real:
Lucky for you this one’s on her blog, not in the book, so you can get the recipe here. I know that photo above is just making your mouth water…ha. I swear it’s delicious.
I decided to make her Chicken with Creamy Mustard and Thyme Sauce from the book, but decided last minute to add broccolini and double the sauce. (Any excuse to double the sauce, amiright?) It turned out AH-MAY-ZING. So much flavor!
Have you ever made broccolini? I don’t know why it’s not more popular. This was my first time cooking it at home and now I’m wondering why. It’s delicious and super easy to throw together. Just like broccoli, it tastes best when blanched, which is a fancy way for saying “boil for a couple minutes.” I guess the difference is that you have to be really careful that it really is only a couple minutes–2 to be exact. Overdo it and you will get mush instead of crisp-tender awesomeness. Have your timer handy!
I can’t recommend Amy’s book enough. If you want to read more about what it’s like, visit her page about the book here. If you want to buy the book you can get it here. Congrats Amy! You’re published!
Source: this recipe is adapted from my friend Amy’s amazing new cookbook, Good Fast Eats!
This Garlic and Rosemary Skillet Bread that I just posted would be a great side dish for this meal!
Other quick chicken recipes from The Food Charlatan!
Prosciutto-Wrapped Chicken with Asparagus << this is a huge reader favorite!
Easy Baked Pesto Chicken << this is a super quick weeknight meal.
Garlic Lime Chicken << another super easy recipe from the archives.
More chicken recipes from friends!
Honey Mustard Baked Chicken Fries from Will Cook fro Smiles
Pan Seared Chicken Drumsticks with Vegetables from The Cookie Writer
Pan Seared Chicken with Wild Mushroom Thyme Sauce from Joyful Healthy Eats