Friday, December 24, 2010

Roasted Chicken Breast with Warm Herbed Tomatoes on garlic croutons

Its Christmas Eve, the tree is full of gifts and the kids are gazing at them with increased excitement and anticipation. They have already opened one present and cannot wait for morning to grab the rest. The only distraction i can provide at this hour is a meal that might distract their attention for an hour.
I decided not to go with the traditional chiristmas turkey dinner tonight. My husband is not a big fan of turkey for one and even the smallest size is too big to serve a family of four. I decided to go with chicken breast and roast it with a spice rub.
I served the meal with tomato carrot soup. You can serve this meal with your favourite soup. Enjoy.

Roast chicken breast

Ingredients: (serves 4)
4 boneless, skinless chicken breast 
2 tsp olive oil
1 tsp butter
Salt and pepper to taste
2 tbsp Spice Rub (1 tbsp Thyme, 1/2 tbsp Parsley, 1/2 tbsp Cayenne Pepper)

  • Rub the spice rub and seasoning on the chicken breast and keep aside for 10-15 minutes.
  • Heat oil and butter in an oven safe pan and put the chicken breasts in. Sear the chicken on one side at high heat for a minute till brown, turn and do the same o the other side.
  • Carefully transfer the pan into the oven and bake at 400F for 20 minutes till done.
  • Slice and serve drizzled with gravy.

Warm Herbed Tomatoes

Ingredients: (serves 4)
2 cloves of garlic
1 tbsp olive oil
French Baguette sliced into 12 slices
1 tbsp oil
250 gms cherry tomatoes
250gms grape tomatoes(If available use yellow pear tomatoes)
1/2 cup combined chopped fresh parsley, basil and thyme
salt and cracked black pepper
  • Combine garlic and olive oil and brush the bread slices liberally on one side.
  • Toast the slices in the oven at 350F for 5-7 min till toasty and lightly browned.
  • In a pan heat olive oil and add the whole tomatoes. Stir fry for 2-3 minutes until warm and just softened.
  • Add the herbs and seasoning and fry for another minute.
  • Serve over the garlic croutons.

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