Tuscan Chicken

For a complete meal, serve with Poor Man’s Caviar: Eggplant Spread, Wild Mushroom Risotto and Salad for Ten in Two.


  • 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 1/2 pounds chicken breast tenderloins
  • Salt and pepper
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
  • 6 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 3 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 shallots, chopped
  • 6 sprigs fresh rosemary, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 2 cups beef broth (yes, beef broth!)


Heat a large, deep skillet over medium-high heat. Season chicken with salt and pepper. Add 2 tablespoons EVOO, half of the chicken pieces and a couple of crushed cloves of garlic.

Brown chicken 2 minutes on each side and remove from pan. Add remaining EVOO, another single turn of the pan, the remaining chicken pieces and garlic. Brown chicken 2 minutes on each side and remove. Add vinegar to the pan. Let it cook off.

Add butter, shallots, and rosemary to the pan and cook 2 minutes, then add flour and cook 1 minute more. Whisk in wine, reduce 1 minute. Whisk in broth and bring liquids up to a bubble. Return chicken to the pan and simmer over moderate heat for 7-8 minutes to finish cooking chicken through.

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