Roasted & Seared Chicken breasts… tender, juicy and delicious!

Tried Cooks Illustrated recent recipe from their March & April 2010 issue titled “A New Way to Pan-Sear Chicken Breasts”

Although I didn’t really have an issue with my chicken breasts I thought this was interesting to roast the chicken first under low heat and then finishing it off with the sear. So… did it make a difference?

Oh yeah! “Mom, this is a do-over!” says my 14 yr old son. He also thought it tasted a bit like cordon blue (but there was no ham or cheese).

Here’s the recipe with the brown sauce (slightly modified)

Roasted & Seared Chicken breasts

4 boneless skinless chicken breasts (6 – 8 oz each)
2 tsp kosher salt (approx)
1 Tablespoon Meyers Lemon Olive Oil (original recipe called for vegetable oil)
2 Tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
1 Tablespoon all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp fresh ground black pepper
1 Tablespoon freeze dried Shallots
1 tsp garlic powder
1 cup low sodium chicken stock
1 Tablespoon unsalted butter, chilled
1. Adjust oven rack to lower-middle position and pre-heat oven to 275 degrees.
2. Using fork, poke thickest half of each chicken breast 5 to 6 times, sprinkle with salt.
3. Place chicken, skinned side down in a 13 x 9 baking dish. Insert probe thermometers into the thickest part of one of the breasts, and cover dish with foil.
4. Roast until breasts registers 145 degrees (about 35 – 40 minutes).
5. Meantime, prepare the coating for chicken: whisk flour into the 2 T of melted butter, add ground pepper and set aside.
6. Remove chicken from oven and transfer, skinned side up to paper-towel-lined plate and pat dry with paper towels.
7. Heat up oil in a 12″ skillet over medium-high heat until hot. Lightly brush top side of chicken with half of the butter mixture.
8. Place chicken in skillet, coated side down, and cook until browned, about 3 – 4 minutes.
9. Coat other side of breast, flip chicken and cook for another 3 – 4 minutes.
10. Transfer chicken to large plate and let rest while preparing pan sauce. (note: if not making sauce, let chicken sit for about 5 minutes.)
11. Add Shallots and garlic powder to pan and cook over medium heat for about 30 – 60 seconds. Add chicken broth and bring to simmer, scraping pan bottom to loosen browned bits.
12. Reduce down to about 3/4 to of cup (about 3- 5 minutes).
13. Remove from heat, whisk in butter & black pepper. Pour sauce into a container through a fine mesh strainer (so you don’t’ have the shallots or browned chicken pieces in your sauce).
14. Drizzle over plated chicken and serve.


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