Smothered. Someone or something covered entirely. Drenched, drowned. Comforted.
This is how chicken should be.
With bacon on top.
Obligatory green veg on the side. Or not.
I’m in the zone. You know the one. I want all the foods saucy, sloppy and over a starch. Food that sits a little heavy in your belly, anchoring you to the change in seasons and the world.
Or at least adhering to your ass until the next trip to the gym.
This Smothered Chicken fits the bill and is still quick enough for a weeknight. It satisfies my lazy flannel jammy weekend longings and the reality of a mid-week homework, yelling about electronics time and tossing a coin over laundry or dishes routine.
Plus, there’s no wine in the recipe, which leaves plenty for me.
Son, “Mom are you having another glass of wine???”
Me, “Do you want any phone time???”
Son, “Well played mom, well played.”
Smothered Chicken Skillet (weeknight fast)
- 1 teaspoon oil
- 2 strips precooked bacon
- 1 tablespoon oil
- 6 boneless skinless chicken thighs
- Salt and pepper
- ¼ cup flour
- 1 medium yellow onion thinly sliced
- 1 clove garlic minced about a teaspoon
- 1 teaspoon tomato paste
- 1 tablespoon flour
- 1 cup chicken broth/stock
- ½ tablespoon soy sauce
- ½ tablespoon Worcestershire
- 1 cup milk
- Heat 1 teaspoon of oil in a 12 inch skillet over medium high heat for two minutes. Add bacon and cook for a minute on each side. Remove to plate.
- Add 1 tablespoon oil to pan and increase heat to medium high. Salt and pepper chicken and then sprinkle both sides evenly with flour and shake excess off.
- Add chicken to pan and cook undisturbed until golden, about four minutes. Flip and cook other side for four minutes. Remove to plate.
- If there’s not about a tablespoon of oil in the pan, add a little oil. Add onion and sauté until starting to soften 3-4 minutes. Add garlic and tomato paste and cook for 1 minute. Add flour and stir completely into onions.
- Add broth, soy sauce, and Worcestershire and mix completely.
- Add chicken back to skillet. Add milk stir in thoroughly and cook until thickened just a minute or two.
- Chop bacon and sprinkle over chicken.