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Saturday, October 22, 2011

Chicken with Caramelized Onions & Tomato Sauce

Chicken with Caramelized Onions & Tomato Sauce
1 large onion, sliced thin
Salt and pepper
1 LB chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized chunks
Italian style bread crumbs
1 Jar tomato sauce

This simple recipe from my mom is perfect for when I have no idea what to make for dinner.  The main ingredients are items I always have on hand - chicken, onions and jarred tomato sauce.  It takes a little extra time, but breading the chicken and getting that golden crust makes all the difference in this dish.  The caramelized onions also add a little sweetness and an unexpected creamy texture.  I like this over pasta, but it's also great on a roll as a sandwich. 

Saute onions over medium low heat in 1 TBS of EVOO.  Season with salt and pepper and let cook down until caramelized (about 15 minutes).  Remove the onions from pan and set aside.

In the meantime, lightly dredge the chicken in flour.  Dip in the egg, then coat in bread crumbs.  In the same saute pan heat more EVOO over medium-high heat.  Saute chicken until golden brown on all sides, cooking in batches if necessary.  Return the onions to the pan with the cooked chicken, and add the tomato sauce.  Let simmer for a couple of minutes, and serve with some grated parmesan cheese.

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The Hungry Yuppies, Annie and Rich, are a young couple from CT who are self-proclaimed foodies. Annie is the chef, and Rich is her willing taste tester. Juggling a full time job in the city wasn't going to get in the way of Annie's love for cooking. It's about eating well whether you have just 30 minutes on a Monday night, or all day on a rainy Sunday.