Italian Chicken Provencal aka red wine vinegar & garlic yumminess

Being married to an Italian has it’s dietary drawbacks – rich food and poundage. I have revised this recipe so that it is still rich and full flavored, but a little easier on the hips!

2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons butter
4 teaspoons minced garlic jar
2 large slices EXTRA SOUR sourdough bread
1/2 cup red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon white pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground basil
1 large bay leave, deveined and crumbled
1/4 cup slivered almonds
1 cup home made chicken broth*
juice of 1 lemon
1/2 cup mayonnaise**
6 chicken breasts

  • Using a mortar and pestle revive the seasoning scents of the basil, bay leaf, salt and pepper by grinding fine.
  • Whisk together the red wine vinegar, salt, pepper, bay leaf and basil.
  • Pour over the bread slices and soak the bread in the red wine vinegar mixture until all the vinegar is absorbed by the bread.
  • Heat olive oil in large skillet over a medium high heat.
  • Add garlic to skillet and saute’ until fragrant. With a slotted spoon transfer the garlic to the food processor.
  • Lightly brown the bread on both sides in the olive oil. Transfer to a small food processor.
  • Add the butter to the skillet so it can melt into the olive oil while you make the paste. Remove from heat.
  • Add the almonds to the food processor. Process until you have a paste.
  • Gradually add the broth to the paste to form a sauce.
  • Return the skillet to the heat and brown chicken pieces on both sides until golden.
  • Add the sauce mixture to the skillet. Cover and simmer about 20 minutes until chicken is cooked through.
  • Transfer chicken to a serving dish and keep warm.
  • Whisk mayonnaise and lemon juice into the sauce in the pan until smooth.
  • Pour over chicken and Parmesan Potatoes. I serve it with asparagus. The sauce is a perfect compliment for it.
  • Serve & Enjoy!

*1 cup boiling water + 1 teaspoon Better than Bouillon Chicken Base
**light works well too

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I think being married to an Italian is pretty much like being Portuguese LOL The whole food is very rich and we have to be careful not to indulge too often.

This chicken looks TO DIE FOR…YUM!