Almond Chicken

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Quick Facts

Servings: 10
Prep Time: 40 min.
Cook Time: 1 hr. 5 min.
Total: 1 hr. 45 min.
Angie McGowan
A nutty sauce that's to die for—served over chicken breasts and almond rice pilaf.

Ingredients

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 pinch kosher salt
  • 1 pinch pepper
  • 2 Tbs olive oil
  • 3 Tbs butter
  • 1/2 cup almonds
  • 3 Tbs flour
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 1 lemon, juice and zest
  • 1 dash nutmeg
  • 1 Tbs dried parsley
  • 1 Tbs dried tarragon
  • 1 Tbs dried thyme
  • 1/4 cup amaretto liqueur
  • Almond Rice Pilaf2 Tbs olive oil
  • 1 red pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 sweet onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup chopped almonds
  • 1 pinch kosher salt
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 2 cups white rice

Directions

  • To prepare the almond rice pilaf, warm the olive oil in a pan and sauté the red peppers, onions, garlic, almonds, and kosher salt. Add chicken stock and bring to a boil. Add rinsed white rice and bring to a simmer.
  • Cover and let cook for 20 minutes over low heat. Let it sit for at least 5 minutes before fluffing with a fork. Do not stir the rice.
  • For chicken, preheat skillet. Salt and pepper chicken. Add olive oil to pan. Brown chicken and remove from pan. Add butter and almonds. Sprinkle with kosher salt and sauté until lightly browned.
  • Add flour, and add more butter or olive oil if there are any dry spots in the pan. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Add milk and continually whisk as you bring the mixture to a boil. Sauce will thicken. Turn heat to a simmer.
  • Now add the lemon zest and juice, and the herbs. Add salt and pepper to taste. Add amaretto. Stir well and then add chicken to the sauce and let simmer for 15 to 20 minutes. Serve with the almond rice pilaf.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 423
  Calories from Fat 158 (37%)
(28%)Total Fat 18g
(26%)Saturated Fat 5g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 8g
(17%)Cholesterol 50mg
(23%)Sodium 548mg
(10%)Potassium 336mg
Total Carbohydrate 44g
(13%)Dietary Fiber 3g
Sugars 5g
Sugar Alcohols 0g
(36%)Protein 18g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Nutrition facts are calculated by a food expert using nutritional values provided by the USDA for common products used as recipe ingredients. Actual nutritional values may differ depending on the amounts or products used and can be affected by cooking methods.

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