Almond Chicken

Almond Chicken by EclecticRecipes.com #recipe

I was reading through all the wonderful blogs yesterday, and stumbled across this fabulous recipe for chicken with nuts from Paula at Bell’alimento. I modified her recipe a bit, partly to suite my taste, but mostly because I did not want to make a grocery run. This dish is an easy sauteed chicken with a rich nutty sauce to die for. I first started by browning the chicken breasts. Then I pan roasted the almonds in butter. I do not have good luck with simple sauces, so I did what I do best, milk gravy, or Béchamel. I added some flour, cooked it out and added the milk. I was out of lemons, and I attempted to use dried herbs to get around it, however I had to send hubby out in the rain for a lemon, it is absolutely essential to this recipe. Paula also calls for brandy, but I only had cherry flavored, which did not sound good to me. However I did  have amaretto. So I decreased the amount of liqueur, since the almond liqueur is so strong. The end result was a rich full flavored sauce.

Ingredients

  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup almonds
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • A dash of nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley
  • 1 tablespoon dried tarragon
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme
  • The juice and zest of 1 lemon
  • 1/4 cup Amaretto liqueur, I prefer Di Saronno
  • 3 cups milk
  • Kosher salt
  • Pepper
  • Olive oil

Almond Rice Pilaf

  • 2 cups white rice
  • 1 red pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 sweet onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup chopped almonds
  • 4 cups chicken stock

Method

  1. Prepare rice by sauteing the peppers, onions, and garlic with a little olive oil and kosher salt. Add chicken stock and bring to a boil. Add rinsed white rice and turn to a simmer.
  2. Cover for 20 minutes on low and then turn off the heat and let it set for at least 5 minutes before fluffing with a fork. Do not stir the rice.
  3. For chicken, preheat skillet. Salt and pepper chicken. Add olive oil to pan, enough to coat. Brown chicken and remove from pan. Add butter and almonds. Sprinkle with kosher salt and saute until lightly browned.
  4. Add flour, and add more butter or olive oil if there are any dry spots. Cook for 2-3 minutes. Add milk and continually whisk as you bring the mixture to a boil. Sauce will thicken. Turn heat to a simmer. Now you can add the zest and juice of the lemon and herbs. Add salt and pepper to taste. Add amaretto. Stir well and then add chicken to the sauce and let simmer for 15-20 minutes. Serve with the rice pilaf or buttered pasta.
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12 Responses to “Almond Chicken”

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    Cookin' Canuck — September 1, 2009 @ 5:29 pm

    This sounds wonderful! I’m sure the original recipe was really good, but I do like the changes you made to put a different spin on things.
    .-= Cookin’ Canuck´s last blog, Rich & Savory Chicken Curry Recipe =-.

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    Miranda — September 1, 2009 @ 5:06 pm

    Another wonderful dish. Thank you so much for sharing!!!

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    Short and Bald — September 1, 2009 @ 8:56 pm

    sounds delicious~ i often add nuts to my chicken dishes. cashew, pistachio, almond, they seem to go so well with chicken.
    .-= Short and Bald´s last blog, Short’s Kitchen: Chicken and Shrimp salad =-.

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    sizzlechef — September 2, 2009 @ 6:04 am

    Delicious ! Yummy ! Thank you for sharing. Cheers !
    .-= sizzlechef´s last blog, Veg Mix Curry Noodles =-.

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    April Cavin — September 2, 2009 @ 7:34 am

    I’m always on the look out for new chicken ideas and I will be saving this one for sure!
    .-= April Cavin´s last blog, Chicken & Spinach Meatballs =-.

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    My Man's Belly — September 2, 2009 @ 12:00 pm

    You can never have enough chicken recipes in your collection. This looks delicious.
    .-= My Man’s Belly´s last blog, Chocolate Panna Cotta – Notta =-.

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    Debi (Table Talk) — September 2, 2009 @ 8:12 pm

    Looks and sounds like a great weeknight meal for fall. Amaretto added to the dish sounds delicious.
    p.s Love the wallpaper on your site!

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    Dawn — September 3, 2009 @ 2:24 am

    Looks delicious. I can make use of my brandy for this dish.
    .-= Dawn´s last blog, Stir-fry Tofu with Capsicum and Wolfberries =-.

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    Jessie — September 3, 2009 @ 8:33 am

    great new take on chicken, I’m always looking for ways to change up chicken. This is a delicious dish!

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    Erica — September 4, 2009 @ 11:48 am

    Wow! That looks delicious. I love chicken, this is a great recipe.
    .-= Erica´s last blog, Labor Day Recipes =-.

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    Tina Marie — September 5, 2009 @ 8:55 am

    That’s nice looking and sounds delicious. That would be a winner on my family’s table!
    .-= Tina Marie´s last blog, Man Wine =-.

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    Alisa@Foodista — September 5, 2009 @ 10:16 am

    Like my Granny used to say: One can never have enough chicken recipes!I cannot wait to try this one!It looks really delicious!
    .-= Alisa@Foodista´s last blog, International Bacon Day =-.

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