Sauteed Chicken and Green Beans with Lemon and Thyme
  • Servings: 4
  • 1/2 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 3 Tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 3/4 pound green beans, ends snapped off
  • 4 Tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into 4 pieces
  • 2 medium shallots, minced
  • 1 cup canned low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup vermouth or dry white wine
  • 1 Tablespoon juice from 1 lemon
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh thyme leaves
  1. Bring 2 quarts water to a boil in a large pot.
  2. Adjust an over rack to the lower-middle position, set a large heatproof plate on it, and heat the oven to 200 degrees.
  3. Place the flour in a shallow dish.
  4. Season both sides of the chicken with salt and pepper.
  5. One at a time, coat both sides of each chicken piece with flour.
  6. Lift each breast by the tapered end and shake to remove excess flour; set aside.
  7. Heat the oil in a heavy-bottomed 12' skillet over medium-high heat until just smoking.
  8. Place the floured chicken in a single layer in the skillet and cook until golden brown, about 3 minutes.
  9. Using tongs, flip the chicken; cook until the second side is golden brown and the meant feels firm when pressed with a finger, about 3 minutes.
  10. The meat should no longer be pink in the center. Transfer the chicken to the heater plate and return the plate to the oven.
  11. Add 1 tablespoon salt and the beans to the boiling water and cook until crisp-tender, about 5 minutes.
  12. Drain the beans and transfer them into a large serving bowl.
  13. Toss with 1 tablespoon butter and salt and pepper to taste.
  14. Meanwhile, return the skillet to low heat; add the shallots and cook, stirring occasionally, until soft, about 1 minute.
  15. Add the broth and vermouth, scraping the browned bits from the pan bottom, until the sauce is slightly syrupy, 6 to 8 minutes.
  16. Reduce the heat to low and stir in the lemon juice, thyme, and any accumulated juices from the chicken.
  17. Whisk in the remaining butter, 1 tablespoon at a time, and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  18. Arrange a portion of green beans on individual plates and place a chicken breast on top.
  19. Pour the sauce over the chicken and beans and serve immediately.
  20. vnbbbbbbbbServes 4
  21. Time: 35 Minutes