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Sautéed Chicken with Sherry & Olive Pan Sauce & Toasted Almonds

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Serves 4

Ever wonder what to do with those thin chicken cutlets you see at the store? They’re great in savory sautés. The pan sauce here makes an excellent flavor booster and the almonds add texture and a little crunch.

  • 8 boneless, skinless, thin-cut (1/4- to 1/2-inch-thick) chicken breast cutlets (1-1/2 to 1-3/4 lb.)
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 4 tsp. extra-virgin olive oil; more as needed
  • 1 small yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 1 medium clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup sherry, preferably medium dry, such as amontillado
  • 1/2 cup lower-salt chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup green olives, pitted and slivered
  • 3 Tbs. chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds, toasted lightly and cooled
Tip:
Use a toaster oven to toast the almonds; the heat is concentrated in a small area, so the nuts toast quickly and evenly.

Season the chicken on both sides with about 1 tsp. salt and 1/2 tsp. pepper. Heat 2 tsp. of the oil in a 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat until hot. Working in two or three batches to avoid crowding, cook the chicken until lightly browned on both sides and just cooked through, 1 to 3 minutes per side. Transfer each batch of chicken to a platter, cover loosely with foil, and keep warm. If the pan seems dry at any point, add 2 more tsp. of oil.

Reduce the heat to medium, add 2 tsp. oil, and then the onion. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion softens, about 3 minutes. Stir in the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the sherry and chicken broth, increase the heat to medium high, and cook until the sauce thickens slightly, about 3 minutes. Stir in the olives and cook until heated through, about 1 minute. Stir in the parsley, season to taste with salt and pepper, and spoon the mixture over the chicken. Sprinkle with the almonds and serve.

Serving Suggestions

Serve with wilted greens with garlic and lemon, plus grilled bread brushed with extra-virgin olive oil and rubbed with fresh garlic.

nutrition information (per serving):
Calories (kcal): 320; Fat (g): 15; Fat Calories (kcal): 130; Saturated Fat (g): 2.5; Protein (g): 37; Monounsaturated Fat (g): 9; Carbohydrates (g): 5; Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 2.5; Sodium (mg): 640; Cholesterol (mg): 95; Fiber (g): 2;

Photo: Scott Phillips

My husband and I loved this dish. The combination of the sherry and the olives is wonderful and gets better over time. I am the envy of the office when I bring the leftovers in the next day for lunch.

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