Written on June 19, 2013 at 8:30 am , by Kristin Porter
Hey Delish Dish’ers! Today I want to talk to you about a brand new cookbook I just received, Better Homes and Gardens’ Fresh: Recipes for Enjoying Ingredients at their Peak.
Inside is page after scrumptious page, and photo after luscious photo, of mouthwatering recipes using in-season, fresh ingredients to make all-year round. From Zucchini, Cheddar, and Sage Crust Pizza with Chicken and Apples that’s great in the early fall, to Pan-Seared Chicken with Cherry-Tarragon Sauce that’s best enjoyed in the early to midsummer (a.k.a. right now!) I have already dog-eared what feels like every other recipe to make at some point throughout the year.
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But first, let me tell you about my Pan-Seared Chicken with Cherry-Tarragon Sauce. This dish is easy enough to make on any weeknight, but special and elegant enough to serve at a dinner party. Simply seasoned chicken is sauteed then draped in a velvety, fresh cherry and wine pan sauce made in the same skillet as the chicken for ultimate flavor – and quick cleanup.
The dish uses one of my very favorite summer treats, fresh cherries, plus licorice-esque tarragon that’s incredibly easy to grow or find at the market around this time of year. The combo is just incredible.
Start by dredging chicken breasts in a mixture of flour, dry mustard, paprika, salt and pepper, then saute in a little olive oil until brown, crisp, and cooked through. Set aside to keep warm.
Meanwhile, pit then halve a couple cups of dark red cherries, mince a few garlic cloves, and chop up fresh tarragon.
One of the things I love best about summer cooking is using fresh vs dried herbs. They totally awaken every recipe I add them to.
Add the cherries, tarragon, and garlic to the same skillet the chicken was sauteed in, then add red wine and chicken broth and reduce until thick and syrupy. Finish the sauce with a pat of glossy butter.
Place the sauteed chicken over a bed of fluffy couscous or pasta then drizzle the warm cherry sauce on top. Enjoy this fresh, summery dish!