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20 Minute Company Chicken is an easy and elegant, one skillet, gluten-free chicken breast recipe that’s ready in just 20 minutes. Perfect for entertaining!

20 Minute Company Chicken is an easy and elegant, one skillet, gluten-free chicken breast recipe that's ready in just 20 minutes. Perfect for entertaining! | iowagirleats.com

If you had to decide between eating only sweet foods or only savory foods for the rest of your life, which would you pick? (And there’s no hybrid, sweet +¬†savory category, by the way. Mom, I’m looking at you!) ūüėú

Prior to going sugar free (psst the next course starts May 4!) I was 100% Team Sweet. In fact I had a ride or die favorite in every category. Chocolate: Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups in holiday shapes, naturally (better peanut butter to chocolate ratio.) Fruity: Grape Laffy Taffy (the big bars vs¬†the mini ones, which taste like a completely different product – dislike!) Other: Australian licorice.¬†Go me!

These days I am ALL about savory flavors. For better or worse, nothing gets my tastebuds tingling like the thought of pickles, prosciutto, and White Cheddar BoomChickaPuffs. Holy (gluten-free) cannoli, have you tried? Like healthier Cheetos puffs. Upgrade!

20 Minute Company Chicken, the easy and elegant recipe I’m sharing with you today, falls¬†firmly¬†in the savory category, though no matter where you stand on the sweet vs savory debate, I’m confident you’ll lick every last drop of this dish off¬†your plate!

20 Minute Company Chicken is an easy and elegant, one skillet, gluten-free chicken breast recipe that's ready in just 20 minutes. Perfect for entertaining! | iowagirleats.com

Company Chicken, as I’m calling this 20 minute, one skillet¬†dish, is easy enough to make any night of the week, but so elegant and impressive that you’ll want to serve it for dinner the next time company comes a-callin’ – because if you’re anything like me, the moment you realize you have to cook for someone other than your immediate family members you begin¬†to panic. Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered!

The first time I made this dish¬†was a few months ago when Ben’s¬†brother and his girlfriend were over¬†for dinner. Not that we usually¬†get too fancy for family¬†– it’s more of a familiar and cozy¬†chili, enchiladas, or crock pot soup occasion – but we had all the ingredients already on hand, and it turned out so amazing that I was actually spoon drinking the leftover sauce after the dishes were cleared away. No shame in my non-beverage drinking game (and thank goodness for family members who don’t frown upon spoon-drinking pan sauce!)¬†ūüėā

Picture Company Chicken as kicked up Chicken Picatta. Simply seasoned chicken breasts are sauteed then drizzled with a luscious, ultra-savory pan sauce made from garlic, chopped prosciutto, chicken broth, butter, capers, and fresh lemon juice that’s soaked up by a bed of pasta or rice pilaf served underneath. SO simple, yet a beautiful plate of food that¬†you’ll still be thinking about days¬†later.

I’ve heard from tons of¬†people who’ve¬†bought my¬†Gluten-Free for Beginners ebook¬†say they purchased it to safely cook for their friends or family members that have Celiac Disease or a¬†gluten intolerance. If you are in a similar position, needing to entertain or cook for someone who’s gluten-free, this is a knock out¬†dish that¬†everyone¬†is going to love, regardless of if their bodies hate gluten. Just make sure you’re using¬†gluten-free chicken broth (these days many if not most brands ARE,) and gluten-free capers (Mezzetta brand is¬†gluten-free.) The rest should be smooth, delicious sailing!

20 Minute Company Chicken is an easy and elegant, one skillet, gluten-free chicken breast recipe that's ready in just 20 minutes. Perfect for entertaining! | iowagirleats.com

Start by sauteing 4 chicken breasts (or heck, you could slice 2 chicken breasts in half to create 4 cutlets,) that have been pounded thin then seasoned with homemade gluten-free seasoned salt (it really makes a difference!) and pepper in a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil for 3-4 minutes a side, or until cooked through. Remove the chicken to a plate then cover with foil to keep warm.

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Turn the heat down to medium then add another drizzle of¬†extra virgin olive oil to the skillet and saute 1 Tablespoon minced shallots until golden brown, about 1 minute. Next add 3oz prosciutto that’s been chopped and saute until crisp, 3-4 minutes. Add 3 cloves minced garlic then saute for 30 more seconds.

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Pour 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth into the skillet then add 2 Tablespoons butter or ghee and simmer until the sauce has reduced and thickened, 3-4 minutes. (This is about the time that you’ll be going absolutely nuts over the scent wafting from the skillet!)

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Last step is to stir in 2 Tablespoons capers and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice (start with a little Рyou can always add more,) then stir to combine.

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I like to plate the chicken over a bed of gluten-free¬†pasta or¬†rice pilaf, which soaks up all the delectable sauce (YUM!!!!) and serve roasted asparagus and a fresh¬†salad alongside. I suppose it doesn’t really matter¬†what¬†you serve this chicken with, as the sauce totally steals the show!

20 Minute Company Chicken is an easy and elegant, one skillet, gluten-free chicken breast recipe that's ready in just 20 minutes. Perfect for entertaining! | iowagirleats.com

20 Minute Company Chicken

Description

20 Minute Company Chicken is an easy and elegant, one skillet, gluten-free chicken breast recipe that's ready in just 20 minutes. Perfect for entertaining!

Ingredients

serves 4

  • 4 chicken breasts, pounded to an even thickness
  • homemade seasoned salt (see notes for recipe) and pepper
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon minced shallot
  • 3oz prosciutto, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup low-sodium gluten-free chicken broth
  • 2 Tablespoons butter or ghee
  • 2 Tablespoons capers (Mezetti are GF)
  • Squeeze fresh lemon juice

Directions

  1. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat then spray with nonstick spray. Season chicken breasts on both sides with seasoned salt and pepper then saute for 3-4 minutes on each side, or until cooked through. Remove chicken to a plate then tent loosely with foil and set aside.
  2. Turn heat down to medium (remove skillet from heat to cool for a couple minutes if using a cast iron skillet like the one pictured,) then add a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil to the skillet. Add shallots then saute until golden brown, 1 minute. Add prosciutto then saute until crisp, 3-4 minutes. Add garlic then saute for 30 more seconds. Add broth and butter then simmer until sauce has reduced and slightly thickened, 3-4 minutes. Add capers and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice, then plate chicken and serve sauce on top.

Notes

This recipe is courtesy of Iowa Girl Eats, http://iowagirleats.com.

20 Minute Company Chicken is an easy and elegant, one skillet, gluten-free chicken breast recipe that's ready in just 20 minutes. Perfect for entertaining! | iowagirleats.com

Easy, absolutely luscious, and as the name implies, totally company-worthy. Or date night-worthy, or any day ending in -ay-worthy…you get it. Enjoy!

20 Minute Company Chicken is an easy and elegant, one skillet, gluten-free chicken breast recipe that's ready in just 20 minutes. Perfect for entertaining! | iowagirleats.com