Oyster mushrooms, asparagus, and pine nuts give crunch and snap to this delicious, simple braise. Oyster mushrooms are an Asian variety with pale, creamy flesh and a flowerlike cap.
- 2 tablespoons olive oil or cooking oil
- 4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves (1 pound total)
- 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
- 1/4 cup chopped shallots or green onions
- 1 cup chicken broth
- 12 ounces fresh asparagus spears or one 10-ounce package frozen asparagus spears
- 2 cups fresh oyster mushrooms or other mushrooms (about 4 ounces)
- 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- 2 tablespoons margarine or butter, softened
- 2 tablespoons toasted pine nuts
- Hot cooked rice
Companion recipe: Chicken Broth
In a large, heavy skillet heat oil over medium-high heat. Add chicken and cook for 2 minutes. Turn chicken over in skillet and sprinkle with white pepper. Add shallots or green onions to skillet; cook for 2 minutes more. Drain off fat. Add chicken broth. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 5 minutes.
Meanwhile, snap off and discard woody bases from fresh asparagus. Cut asparagus into 2-inch lengths. Halve any large mushrooms. Add asparagus to skillet; cover and cook for 5-7 minutes, or till asparagus is just tender and chicken is tender and no pink remains. Add mushrooms. Cover and cook for 1 minute.
Use a slotted spoon to transfer chicken, asparagus, and mushrooms to a serving platter. Add vinegar to liquid in skillet. Bring to boiling; boil over high heat for 5 minutes, or till liquid is reduced to 1/3 cup. Remove skillet from heat. Using a wire whisk, blend margarine or butter into liquid in skillet. Spoon over chicken; sprinkle with pine nuts. Serve with rice.
Recipe reprinted by permission of Weldon Owen. All rights reserved.
nutrition information per serving
445 calories; 18g total fat; 152mg cholesterol; 204mg sodium; 10g carbohydrates; 3g fiber; 60g protein
These nutrition facts are calculated according to the ingredients listed in this recipe. Any substitutions will change these facts. Although we strive for accuracy, please note that food manufacturers occasionally change their food formulas, which could affect the calculations as shown.
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