Friday, December 27, 2013

One Pot Meal: Chicken and Asparagus Skillet Supper

Hi there!  I hope you all had a wonderful holiday.  Ours was filled with pretty decorations, great food, and lots of love.

But, the party season isn't over yet!  New Year's is just around the corner.  Not sure about you but we're expecting lot of friends popping in over the weekend and into the new year.  

One thing I like to do after a big holiday spread is to cook some easy dishes. This chicken dish is a one pot wonder, done all in your skillet.  Don't you just love one pot meals?  Simple, good quality ingredients make for one tasty the clean up is a breeze!

Chicken, asparagus and summer squash go great together, and when cooked in a wonderful broth you get that comfort feeling.  I would add a little white wine to the broth next time for added flavor, but it's wonderful as it is.  Then to top it off...we have BACON!  Just a touch for that extra something special.  Everything's better with bacon as they say...I do agree!

So when you need a quick meal on the table over the next couple of days, reach for your skillet and put this one together.  It's something the whole family will enjoy.

Happy Holidays!

Chicken and Asparagus Skillet Supper

Serves 4

4 boneless, skinless, chicken breasts
salt and ground black pepper
4 slices bacon, coarsely chopped
1 pound asparagus spears, trimmed
1 small yellow summer squash, halved crosswise and cut into 1/2-inch strips
1/2 cup chicken broth
2  tablespoons flour
1/2  teaspoon  finely shredded lemon peel
Lemon wedges 

Pound chicken between plastic wrap until they are even.  Season chicken with salt and pepper. In a large skillet cook bacon over medium heat until crisp.  Remove and drain on a paper towel.  Add chicken to dripping and cook for 8 minutes, turning half way through.  Remove chicken from skillet; keep warm.

Add asparagus and squash to the skillet and cook for 3 to 5 minutes or until vegetables are crisp-tender.   In a small bowl stir together broth, flour and lemon peel.  Add to the skillet.  Cook and stir until thick and bubbly, several minutes.   Add chicken  and cook an additional 5 minutes more or until chicken is completely done.   Sprinkle with bacon and serve.  

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