Monday, March 23, 2009

Sauteed Onions & Chicken with Spinach Fettucine

Matt and I, as part of a concentrated effort to drop a few pounds before an upcoming vacation, made this for dinner last week and goodness gracious. It was unbelievably good - and good for us.

The breast of chicken, although just gently seasoned, serves as the perfect vehicle for the onions, which caramelize to candy-like proportions. Plate on top of spinach fettucine and trust me - eating healthy has never been tastier.

Sauteed Chicken With Caramelized Onions
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Serves 4

1 1/2 lbs medium onions
4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves (about 4 to 5 ounces each)
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
4 tsp olive oil
2 tbsp sugar
1/3 cup chicken broth
1 tsp fresh rosemary
1 tsp chopped fresh thyme
1 tbsp red wine vinegar

Cut onions into 6 wedges each. Sprinkle chicken with 1/4 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp pepper.

Coat skillet with cooking spray. Add 2 tsp olive oil and heat over medium high heat for about 30 seconds. Add chicken and saute until browned, about 3 minutes on each side; transfer to plate.

Reduce heat to medium and add remaining oil. Saute onions, 1 tbsp sugar and remaining salt and pepper until onions turn golden brown and caramelize, about 8 minutes. Stir frequently, breaking onions apart as they cook. Add broth and boil until it evaporates, about 2 minutes.

Stir in rosemary, thyme and remaining sugar. Return chicken to skillet and sprinkle with vinegar. Cook uncovered until juices of chicken run clear, about 4 minutes.

Divide into 4 portions. One serving equals one chicken breast half topped with about 1/2 cup onions and served over 2/3 cup spinach fettucine.
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  1. Congrats again on the your weightloss! I know I'm a bit late in asking for recipe but could you please post Pasta Primavera. If you haven't already done that one in the past.

  2. You are doing so awesome I am.. I am dying over here :)

    You've done AWESOME and Baby Bear (once he understands) will be so damn proud to have you two as parents.

    Congratulations on the weight loss especially. I don't deprive myself of stuff like super thick icing or chips once in a while, but it's like you said -- never a good idea to eat that stuff every day.

    However when I'm in NYC tomorrow, food and calorie consciousness is off limits hahahaha

  3. Great work on the weight loss! Thanks for the chicken recipe, we'll be sure to try it. I LOVE carmelized onions too. Good work on the financials, you've done well. Baby bear will be proud of you both. love, auntie M

  4. You're doing awesome!!!!!

    Way to go :)

  5. Danna - thank you!! I will post the Pasta Primavera recipe ASAP.

    Fabulous - haha thank you!! We're so contemplating 'letting loose' while we're in CA. Heheh.

    Auntie M - thank you!!

    Frugal Dreamer - thank you! We're so excited about this it's ridiculous. Hehe.


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