Chicken Thighs in Sun Dried Tomato Sauce


Today’s adventure in Saturday night suppers is Chicken Thighs in Sun Dried Tomato Sauce. As a bonus we prepped a side dish, Roasted Asparagus in Lemon Vinaigrette. Both are reasonably simple recipes, however, we made a few changes due to a poor shopper, me. We used 18% cream instead of heavy cream, and dried basil instead of fresh basil leaves for the chicken. The asparagus did not have lemon zest because someone forgot to buy lemons and we did not have parsley either. Still, both turned out fine, and after the second bottle of wine, we didn’t care very much.

Today’s adventure in Saturday night suppers is Chicken Thighs in Sun Dried Tomato Sauce. As a bonus we prepped a side dish, Roasted Asparagus in Lemon Vinaigrette. Both are reasonably simple recipes, however, we made a few changes due to a poor shopper, me. We used 18% cream instead of heavy cream, and dried basil instead of fresh basil leaves for the chicken. The asparagus did not have lemon zest because someone forgot to buy lemons and we did not have parsley either. Still, both turned out fine, and after the second bottle of wine, we didn’t care very much.

Chicken Thighs in Sun Dried Tomato Sauce

These chicken thighs are quick and easy dinner. Eat them as is, or serve over pasta or rice.

Course Main Course

Cuisine American

Prep Time 5 minutes

Cook Time 25 minutes

Total Time 30 minutes

Servings 4

Calories 566kcal

Ingredients

1 1/2 lb. chicken thighs skinless and boneless

Salt and black pepper

1 tablespoon olive oil

1/2 cup white wine

1 cup chicken broth/stock sodium free

1 cup cup heavy cream

2 tsp Dijon mustard

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

1 teaspoon Italian seasoning

1 teaspoon onion powder

2 teaspoons garlic powder

1/2 cup sun dried tomatoes chopped

1/2 cup parmesan grated

1 cup basil leaves

Instructions

1. Pat the chicken thighs dry with paper towel

2. Preheat a large skillet on medium high heat. Add olive oil and then add the chicken and cook until golden brown on both sides.About 6-8 minutes total. Remove onto a plate.

3. Chop your sun-dried tomatoes and add them to the pan. Cook for about 2 minutes.

4. Add white wine and simmer for 2 minutes to let the alcohol evaporate.

5. Now add chicken stock heavy cream, Dijon mustard, salt, Italian Seasoning, onion and garlic powders. Bring the mixture to a low simmering point and then add Parmesan cheese. Use a whisk or a wooden spoon and mix it in until you have a smooth mixture.

6. Add basil leaves and cook until wilted.

7. Return chicken to skillet and allow it to warm up for an additional 5 minutes.

8. Serve chicken with sauce on top.

Roasted Asparagus with Lemon Vinaigrette

Prep Time 10 mins

Total Time 22 mins

Cook Time 12 mins

Servings 4

Calories 91 kcal

INGREDIENTS

1 pound (450 g) asparagus

2 tablespoons (30 g) very finely chopped shallot

1 tablespoon (15 ml) red wine vinegar

Freshly grated zest from one lemon

1 tablespoon (25 ml) fresh lemon juice

½ – ¾ teaspoon fine sea salt

2 tablespoons (30 ml) extra-virgin olive oil

Freshly ground black pepper

1 green onion root end and one inch green top trimmed

2 tablespoons finely chopped Italian parsley

Flaky sea salt optional

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Preheat oven to 450 (225C) degrees.

2. Trim off the tough ends from the asparagus and place on a small rimmed baking sheet.

3. Whisk together shallot, vinegar, 1 teaspoon lemon zest, lemon juice and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a small bowl. Let it sit for 10 minutes, then whisk in the olive oil until the dressing is emulsified. Taste and season with additional salt, if needed.

4. Pour 2 tablespoon of the vinaigrette over the asparagus and season to taste with black pepper. Sprinkle with 1 tablespoon water.

5. Slice the green onion into thin rings. Combine the green onion, parsley and remaining lemon zest in a small bowl.

6. Place the baking sheet in the oven and roast10 – 12 minutes, until the asparagus is beginning to brown at the tips.

7. Transfer asparagus to a serving plate. Drizzle with the remaining vinaigrette and sprinkle with the parsley mixture. Finish the dish with a pinch of flaky sea salt, if you like.

We served with a bed of white Basmati rice and paired with Chilean wine, one of our favourites, Coyam. It is a blend of a variety of organic grapes. A very good wine, in the $20.00 range and is great with food and and as a glass when the doctor orders it.

What’s Up Next – Some Notes – December 10, 2021


It’s Friday, and a good week it was. Just a reminder, we are looking for contributors to the blog. We are planning on expansion in the new year and it is your opportunity to get in on the ground floor. Do you like music, sports, food, beverages, travel or just like to write, then we have a place for you as a weekly, monthly, daily or your schedule contributor. Reply to this post or email me at johnlorieh@gmail.com.

Now a look at the next week. The weekend will see some musical posts on random bands (Sylvia Tyson is up next) and we continue with our countdown of Canada’s top 100 rock songs.Starting Monday, we will have another Saturday special recipe. We have a new post from Dean and Laynni, who are on their way home from Cyprus as I write. Safe travels. Our interview with Maddisun will be up during the week, we had a nice conversation on the 9th.

If you are an active musical artist and would consent to an interview, please contact me at johnlorieh@gmail.com and we can have a chat.Have a great weekend all.

Images Of World War 1 Sites Today


Very interesting article showing sites of WW1 battles as they look today.  The war to end all wars started just over 100 years ago.  One of my grandfathers fought for Canada in this and was gassed at some point.  I’m going to have to look into that a bit further.

The Article

29 Untouched Corners Of The Earth Where You Can Completely Abandon Civilization


Have you have had the feeling that yo wanted to go completely off grid and lose yourself where you will never (maybe) be found.  The link gives you 29 possible places that you may be able to realize that dream. although several might be a bit to off the grid for even the craziest among us.

 

Distractify | 29 Untouched Corners Of The Earth Where You Can Completely Abandon Civilization.

The World’s Ten Most Famous Streets


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An interesting article from m Readers Digest.  I have done 3 of 10 listed, Bourbon Street in New Orleans, the Champs Elysees in Paris and Abbey Road in London.  How many have you done?

http://www.readersdigest.ca/travel/world/worlds-10-most-famous-streets

Canada, Anthems and Beer


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Gibsons Harbour, British Columbia (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Back after our beautiful drive from Calgary to Gibsons, BC through the Rocky Mountains.  What a beautiful drive.  We live in an astounding place, this country of ours.  One of our breweries, Molson’s (owned by Coors now, I think) has put together a great set of marketing tools, usually involving beer coolers and a uniquely Canadian only way to open it.  The first series involved using a Canadian passport to open randomly placed machines around the world.  Very cool idea.  The video here represents their latest interesting take.  Enjoy eh!

 

Field Guide To Darryl Sutter Facial Expressions


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IMG_7146.jpg (Photo credit: bridgetds)

I found this on Tumblr.  If any of you are hockey fans, you know about Darryl Sutter, coach of the LA Kings.  He has a penchant for unintentionally funny press conferences and is well-known for his demeanour.  Check this out for a good chuckle.

 

Field Guide To Darryl Sutter Facial Expressions.

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