Knorr came out with these concentrated stocks not too long ago, but I’m only now getting around to using them. Honestly, I wasn’t sure WHAT to do with these cute little pockets of stock. That was until I realized just how I needed to treat this stock – with a sauce.
The Knorr Homestyle Stock directions say that to use the stock as part of a sauce, you can dilute it with water, wine or whatever liquid suits your fancy. I decided that this would be a great way to amp up some bland chicken breasts without having to fry them.
Since this was thrown together, I’m not going to write it in my usual recipe format. I also think saying “Chicken breasts with green beans” doesn’t really explain the complexity of flavor I was able to achieve with this dish!
Here’s what you do:
Grab some thinly sliced chicken breasts. Heat a tablespoon of oil and a tablespoon of butter in a large skillet.
Grab a bag of frozen green beans. In a saucepan, add 2 tablespoons of water, some minced garlic and the green beans. Heat over medium-high heat, stirring every so often.
Season the chicken with salt, pepper and whatever spices you prefer – I used the Murals Seasoning from Penzey’s.
Add the chicken to the large skillet and brown until cooked through, about 3-4 minutes per side depending on how thin your chicken is.
When the chicken is done and the green beans are cooked, open up your cute little pocket of chicken stock and add it to the large skillet. Leave all of the chicken drippings in the pan. Using a spoon, allow the chicken stock to break apart and melt into the pan. Add the green beans (with their juices) and mix it all together.
Okay so this is obviously not the best picture ever, but you get the point. This was a delicious dish! The chicken stock really brought out the wonderful flavors of the chicken and green beans. I don’t think I would have been able to accomplish this with a liquid chicken stock unless I thickened it with flour or corn starch.
We made some packaged mashed potatoes with this dish and called it a night. All in all, it took about 20 minutes to pull this whole thing together. Not too bad if I say so myself. Rahul and I had long, busy days and needed a culinary break. I hope you decide to make this when time is limited – MUCH more satisfying than anything a drive-thru could give you.