Chicken Breasts with Green Chile-Almond Cream Sauce

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Here we topped seared chicken breasts with a green chile cream sauce that was inspired by green mole. A touch of cream adds an extra smoothness to the sauce, but it can be omitted if you avoid dairy. Serve with brown rice and a tossed green salad with mango and red onion slices.

Chicken Breasts with Green Chile-Almond Cream Sauce
Nutritionist Tested & Approved

Time: 60 minutes (30 minutes prep)

Ingredients
  • 2 cups unsweetened almond milk, (see Shopping Tip)

  • 1/2 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth

  • 3/4 cup chopped seeded fresh New Mexican green chiles

  • 3 scallions, sliced, white and green parts separated

  • 3 tablespoons slivered almonds, toasted (see Tip)

  • 1 clove garlic, thinly sliced

  • 3/4 teaspoon salt, divided

  • 6 chicken breast cutlets, or fillets (about 4 ounces each; see Tip)

  • 1 tablespoon canola oil

  • 2 tablespoons whipping cream, (optional)

  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds, toasted (see Tip)

Directions
  1. Combine almond milk, broth, green chiles, scallion whites, almonds, garlic and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a medium saucepan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook the mixture until reduced by half, 20 to 30 minutes. Puree with an immersion blender or puree in a blender until smooth (use caution when blending hot liquids).

  2. Sprinkle chicken with the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt. Heat oil in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Cook half the chicken until browned, 1 to 2 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate. Cook the remaining chicken until browned.

  3. Add the first batch of chicken back to the pan. Pour in the sauce and cook at a low simmer, turning occasionally, until all the chicken is cooked through and tender, 4 to 7 minutes. Remove from the heat and transfer the chicken to a serving platter. Stir cream (if using) into the sauce and pour the sauce over the chicken. Sprinkle with the reserved scallion greens and sesame seeds.

Tips: Look for almond milk near other shelf-stable or refrigerated dairy-free milks, such as soymilk and rice milk. Pacific and Blue Diamond make unsweetened varieties. Try the leftovers in a fruit smoothie.

If you can’t find chicken cutlets or fillets, purchase six 5-ounce chicken breasts. Remove the tenders and trim the fat. Place the chicken between pieces of plastic wrap. Pound with a rolling pin, meat mallet or heavy skillet until flattened to an even thickness, about 1/2 inch.

To toast slivered almonds and sesame seeds, place in a small dry skillet and cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until fragrant and lightly browned, 2 to 4 minutes.

If preparing ahead of time: Cover and refrigerate the sauce (Step 1) for up to 3 days. Reheat before serving.


Nutritional Facts

Servings
6
Calories
194
Added Sugars
0g
Carbohydrates
4g
Cholesterol
63mg
Dietary Fiber
1g
Fat
8g
Monounsaturated Fat
4g
Potassium
323mg
Protein
25g
Saturated Fat
1g
Sodium
454mg
Bonus
Vitamin C (78% daily value)
Carbohydrate Servings
0
Exchanges
3 lean meat
1 fat

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11 replies

Rhinegold
Rhinegold 2012-01-24 19:36:24 -0600 Report

Wonderful dish! Served for company Saturday night and they raved about it. I simmered the sauce a bit longer and added more of the broth and almond milk to let the chicken simmer in it for a bit. This is a keeper, now to find a really good complementary side dish.

Zoitsa
Zoitsa 2011-11-30 23:28:05 -0600 Report

If you're going to write official articles, you need to be accountable for your facts! Almond Breeze also sells unsweetened varieties!