Want to know how to brighten up your Monday?
Make this dinner tonight!
This chicken is wonderfully simple, but still super flavorful. Light, but oh so comforting. The heat from the jalapenos is the perfect wake-up call to your taste buds, in the creamiest yogurt sauce that I want to put on everything from now on. (P.S. Making this recipe as written will give you some extra sauce. You're welcome.)
This worked perfectly over some wild rice, but you could also serve it on its own along with some vegetables, over lightly buttered egg noodles, or even on some good crusty bread for an open-faced sandwich. In fact, I think I'm going to try all of the above, because this was just that good!
Caramelized Chicken with Jalapeno Yogurt (adapted from How Sweet It Is)
2 boneless, skinless chicken cutlets (or 1 large chicken breast cut in half lengthwise)
salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons canola oil
2 jalapenos, seeded and chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 tablespoon flour (any kind is fine, I used whole wheat)
1/4 cup skim milk
1 cup plain Greek yogurt
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
Heat 1 tablespoon canola oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Pat chicken completely dry with paper towels. Season on both sides with salt and pepper. Add chicken to the skillet and cook for 8 minutes per side. If needed, use the remaining canola oil when flipping the chicken.
While the chicken is cooking, heat a small saucepan over medium heat and add butter. Once butter is melted and begins to sizzle, add in the jalapenos and garlic and cook for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Whisk in flour and stir continuously for 1-2 minutes, until flour is cooked. Reduce heat to medium-low and add milk and yogurt. Continue to stir continuously until the mixture thickens (5-7 minutes). Once the sauce has reached the desired thickness, take off the heat and stir in Parmesan. (Sauce may thicken while it sits; add more milk if necessary to thin out.) Taste and season with salt and pepper as desired.
Top chicken with jalapeno yogurt sauce and serve over rice, or whatever else you like! Enjoy!