The delicious beauty of chicken is that it pairs so easily with a myriad of flavors and can be prepared in so many different ways. On its own, however, it can be a bit boring and drab. Yet you can easily spice up your chicken with simple sauces that rejuvenate it from the mundane to the fabulous. The following easy-to-prepare sauces will pep up your chicken for meals that are perfect to serve any night or even when entertaining company.
Adorée This Veloute Sauce
Veloute sauce is an easy sauce inspired by France. It is so easy and requires the humblest of ingredients: flour, butter, and chicken broth. While two cups of chicken broth are brought to a boil in one pan, take another and melt two tablespoons of butter. Add three tablespoons of flour and whisk into a roux—this should take no more than thirty seconds. Remove from heat. Add the hot broth and stir. It’s ready to transform your chicken into a savory French meal.
Chicken with Italian Red Sauce
A can of inexpensive diced tomatoes and a can of stewed tomatoes and you are halfway to making a great Italian chicken dish. In a large pan, sauté some garlic and onion in about two tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil. You can also add fresh mushrooms or green peppers if you like. Add your cans of tomatoes along with their juice and simmer. While simmering, add spices to taste like oregano, basil, or simply some Italian seasoning. You can vary the recipe by adding black olives or other tasty ingredients. Then add your chicken—boneless breasts or bone-in pieces are fine in either case; though boneless cook up much more quickly. Serve with pasta or crusty garlic bread.
Sweet (Seconds Please) Garlic Sauce
So delicious, this sauce is perfectly easy for any night of the week. In a sauté pan, heat two tablespoons of olive oil and add four cloves of minced garlic. Turn off the heat and add four tablespoons of brown sugar. Season four chicken breasts to taste and coat with the mixture before baking in a 450-degree oven for about twenty-five minutes uncovered.
White Wine-Dijon-Sage Sauce
This lovely sauce will transform any boneless chicken breast into an elegant entre. If you have four breasts, cut them in half and dredge through flour to coat each. Heat two tablespoons of butter and about a ¼ cup of olive oil in a large skillet. When the pan is hot enough, add the chicken pieces and cook through. Then remove the chicken to prepare the sauce. Add two tablespoons of flour and stir into a roux. Add one cup of chicken broth (stock is richer so feel free to upgrade), a half tablespoon of Dijon mustard, a cup and a half of white wine (try Chardonnay), and some fresh sage to taste. As soon as the sauce is heated through and thickens, spoon it atop the chicken and serve.
This sauce will zip up any boring chicken dish and is simple to prepare. In a saucepan, add one cup of chicken broth, 1/3 teaspoon of ground ginger (or a little goes a long way), three tablespoons of orange marmalade, two tablespoons of soy sauce, two teaspoons of lemon juice. Stir the mixture until it thickens and is completely heated through and serve over chicken.
You’ll love these sauces for their great taste but will love them just as much for their convenience. So adaptable, you can even add other ingredients to make them your own signature sauces!
Peter Richardson enjoys cooking and finding new recipes that his family of 4 will enjoy. He shares his cooking ideas with like-minded people by blogging. See here for chicken breast recipes.