SO, the other day I was lamenting how I don't drink enough wine and I really want to be a Drinker of Wine. Unfortunately, we're on a super strict budget and so I'd pretty much written off wine consumption as something that would have to wait until I became Employed and no longer just a Student. And then I decided to just check out the wine section at Walmart and see if they had anything cheap enough that could justify my purchasing it.
Enter Lucky Duck.
This stuff was only $3.47. We grabbed a bottle of Moscato and it was delicious! Turns out I can drink wine while being a Poor College Student. Huzzah!
Anyway, after a few days, there was still a little wine left in the bottle and I decided to see if I could come up with a recipe to use it in. Behold, Chicken Moscato.
I perused the internet for some inspiration, but couldn't find anything that a) matched the ingredients in my pantry, b) really sounded delicious, and c) took minimal time/effort for me to put together. So I came up with my own.
2 small chicken breasts (or 1 big one)
1/8 cup flour
2 tsp Herbs de Provence
1 egg, beaten
1/2 cup chicken stock
1/2 cup moscato wine
gravy (recipe follows)
salt and pepper to taste
First, take your chicken breasts (or, if you're just using one big one, butterfly it out and then halve it) and pound them out super thin. This will make them cook up faster. I cover mine in plastic wrap and then pound on them.
Once you've done that, salt and pepper the chicken on both sides. In a plate, combine your flour and herbs de provence - don't forget to season this with salt and pepper as well. It's important to s&p every step!
Now in a bowl, beat your egg until it's frothy. Dunk your chicken breasts into the egg, shake off any excess, and then coat both sides in the flour mixture.
Go ahead and put a pan on medium-high heat - make sure it's big enough for both breasts and has a high enough lip so that when you add liquid, it won't slosh out. Coat the bottom of the pan with olive oil. Once the pan and the oil have heated up, place the chicken breasts into the pan.
Once both sides have browned, go ahead and add your 1/2 cup chicken stock and 1/2 cup of wine. Drop the heat down to medium and just let the chicken simmer, turning occasionally so both sides can soak up the moscato-y goodness. If the liquid reduces too quickly, just add more wine and chicken stock as you see fit. I simmered mine for about 15 minutes. Afterward, you can go ahead and taken the chicken out of the pan.
Now it's time to make some gravy!
1 tbsp flour
1 tbsp butter
1/4 cup wine
herbs de provence, salt, and pepper
With the pan still hot, melt the butter and then add the flour. Once it starts to thicken and form a roux, you can add in the wine slowly until you reach the consistency of gravy you'd like. Now, when I say 1/4 cup, I'm just guesstimating. You can just eyeball this and make as much gravy as you like (the more liquid, you'll need more flour and you'll need to cook it longer so you don't have a "doughy" taste). You can add chicken stock instead of wine, or a mixture of both, depending on how moscato-y you want the flavor to be. And don't forget to season the gravy as well! With both the herbs de provence and s&p.
Plate up and enjoy!
I made enough gravy to put on our homemade mashed potatoes! We also had green beans and brussel sprouts. Altogether, a pretty tasty meal!
If you try this recipe or if you have a similar one that you've made and loved, let me know! I loved to hear about others' cooking forays. :]