Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Creamed Chicken

Well folks, here we are. Thanksgiving week. Folks are gearing up for big family gatherings, big meals and a few folks are working no matter that the calendar says it's a holiday. It's important for me to remember that it ain't all about the turkey or the meal.  No, it's about thankfulness and coming together and appreciating the wonderfulness of God's bounty.  As I started writing this post, I gave some serious thought about what I'm thankful for and it dawned on me that I am thankful for more than could ever be fit into a blog post. And as I type it down here, I also realize how important it is for me to count my blessings than to focus on what is missing.  It changes your whole outlook on life when you focus on the good stuff. Because no matter how bad life may seem in any given moment, there is always good stuff in there when you look for it. What's the good stuff in your life?  Now onto some other good stuff I am thankful for: food!

This is a great anytime meal than can be served over noodles, rice or mashed potatoes. And this will work with any leftover turkey you may have from Thanksgiving as well! Also, if you like this recipe, be sure to check out my Ground Beef Stroganoff recipe.
Ingredients:
1 – 1 ½ pounds chicken breast tenders
3 tbsp. olive oil
1 cup chicken stock
¾ cup half and half
¼ cup finely diced yellow onion
¼ teaspoon dried thyme
2 tbsp. butter
½ cup all-purpose flour
¼ cup water
¼ cup sour cream
Salt & freshly ground black pepper, to taste


 Directions:
 If serving over egg noodles, you may want to begin by bringing a large pot of water to boil so your noodles will be ready at the same time your stroganoff mixture is finished.

Dice up raw chicken tenders. In a large sauté pan over medium heat, add oil and chicken tenders. Season with salt and pepper and cook chicken until chicken is thoroughly done.
Whoa! Who turned down the lights?

 Remove cooked chicken from pan. Add in chicken stock, half and half, onion, dried thyme and butter. Stir thoroughly.
In a small bowl, combine all-purpose flour with water. It should make a very thick paste.
 Add paste to pan and whisk thoroughly until combined. Keep stirring until mixture begins to thicken then turn down heat and add chicken. 
 At this point taste seasonings and add salt & pepper if necessary (I usually need to add about a teaspoon or so of kosher salt and about ½ tsp. of fresh ground black pepper). 
Allow chicken to heat back up and then add sour cream. Stir to combine.

Turn heat off and serve stroganoff over cooked egg noodles
 Cook’s Notes: If you want to add a little kick to this, try adding ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper. Dried thyme works better than the ground thyme in this dish but if all you have is the ground thyme, then go with that.  

Enjoy!

17 comments :

The Mom Chef said...

Your dealing with some serious comfort food here (for which I'm very thankful). :)

I agree that we all have so much to be thankful for, and not the big stuff. A roof over our heads, a hand to hold, so, so much. Thanks for the reminder.

Angie's Recipes said...

This is indeed comforting and delicious.
Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!
Angie

The Cannary's said...

This reminds me of the creamed turkey we make with leftovers after Thanksgiving - very comforting and filling. Yours looks delish!

Mandy said...

Yum yum yum! Happy Thanksgiving!

RavieNomNoms said...

Yummy what a comforting dish...sounds absolutely delicious!

Have a great Thanksgiving!

Cucina49 said...

I'm not sure I've ever had chicken stroganoff--this looks delicious!

Anonymous said...

Sounds great! Could you use milk instead of half and half?

Christine's Pantry said...

Sounds and looks so good. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

amy foosaner said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. Thank you for all your wonderful recipes.

The Better Baker said...

Thanks much Brandie - I do believe I'll be making this with leftover turkey next week. Sounds/looks wonderful!!! Great post - I'm thankful for sweet blogging friends like you who encourage me. Enjoy a blessed and happy THANKS-LIVING! XO

Eliotseats said...

Wonderful commentary and a great hearty recipe! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

The Country Cook said...

Anonymous, you could use milk with this (although I would advise against skim milk). The half & half just gives it a nice thickness & good flavor but if milk is all you have, then go with it!

Jill@MadAboutMacarons said...

Brandie, love the look of this creamy stroganoff. Food for thought on both fronts. Enjoy your Thanksgiving and restau over the weekend.

Lizzy said...

Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving, my friend!!! I am thankful that blogging has brought me many new foodie friends...and you're at the top of my list :)

PS...your stroganoff looks great!

Krista said...

I bet people everywhere are using this for leftover turkey! Hope your Thanksgiving was great. Thanks for sharing at Church Supper.

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~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Thanks for the recipe! You can make this with turkey, too...heehee! ♥

The Country Cook said...

Hi Lavender - glad you liked the recipe!!