Chicken in Almond Sauce

My husband LOVES this recipe! I promise to make it again soon! The original recipe had bacon in it, but I know it was amazing without it! Enjoy 🙂

Chicken in Almond Sauce

from Gourmet March 2004

Active time: 45 min Start to finish: 45 min

Servings: Makes 4 main-course servings.

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup sliced almonds
  • 6 skinless boneless chicken breast halves (2 lb total)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 (3-inch) cinnamon stick
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano (preferably Mexican), crumbled
  • 2 Turkish bay leaves or 1 California
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 cup chopped onion (1 medium)
  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic (2 to 3 cloves)
  • 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth or water
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

Preparation

Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 375°F. Spread 1/4 cup almonds on a baking sheet and toast in oven until golden, 8 to 10 minutes. Meanwhile, finely grind remaining 1/2 cup almonds in a food processor about 1 minute (don’t grind to a paste). Pat chicken dry and sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon salt. Heat a dry 12-inch heavy skillet over moderate heat, then toast ground almonds, cinnamon stick, oregano, and bay leaves, stirring constantly, until almonds are pale golden, about 2 minutes. Transfer to a bowl and wipe skillet clean. Heat oil in skillet over high heat until hot but not smoking, then sauté chicken, turning over once, until golden, about 5 minutes total. Transfer chicken to a plate. Add onion and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until golden, about 3 minutes. Stir in ground- almond mixture and chicken broth and boil, scraping up brown bits, 1 minute. Stir in pepper and remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt. Add chicken, turning to coat, then reduce heat to moderate and simmer, covered, until chicken is just cooked through, about 5 minutes. Stir in parsley and sliced almonds. Discard cinnamon stick and bay leaves. Serve chicken with sauce spooned on top.

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