Chicken with Grits

by Lana Stuart on January 4, 2013 · 7 comments

Chicken with Grits

I’m so ready for this weekend! Tomorrow morning will be the first time since Thanksgiving that I haven’t awakened with a to-do list running through my head. All the cooking, all the baking, all the shopping, all the gift wrapping, all the house decorating. That’s all behind us for another year. Now we’re in what I think of as “quiet season.” Yes, January and February are quiet months. They’re cold and wintry and best spent close to a fireplace with a mug of nice, rich hot chocolate. They’re also the best time of the year for cooking our most comforting foods. Foods like this chicken with grits.

This recipe is perfect for a cold winter evening. Creamy, buttery grits topped with pan-fried chicken and a green onion pan sauce. Yum.

You’ll start by making the grits. Bring the water, salt, and butter to a boil in a smallish saucepan. Whisk in the grits, reduce the heat to low, cover the pot and simmer for 5 minutes or according to the package directions. Keep the grits warm while you cook the chicken.

Cut the chicken breasts into thick slices lengthwise. Sprinkle the slices generously with your favorite seasoned salt, then dredge them in flour. Shake off the excess.

Browning chicken for Chicken with Grits

Heat the peanut oil in a large, heavy skillet over medium high heat. Add the chicken and cook, turning once or twice, until browned on all sides. Remove the chicken from the pan and drain off all but about two tablespoons of the oil.

Add green onions to Chicken with Grits

Add the green onions to the pan and cook, stirring, for about a minute. Add the chicken broth and continue cooking while stirring to bring up any cooked bits from the bottom of the pan.

Chicken with Grits

Add the chicken back to the pan along with the minced garlic. Stir gently to coat the chicken with the pan sauce.  Cook for a minute or two more.

Mound the grits on individual plates or in bowls for serving. Top with chicken and pan sauce.

Enjoy!

Chicken with Grits

Rating: 41

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Chicken with Grits

A Southern favorite, grits, topped with pan-fried chicken and a green onion sauce.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups water
  • 3 tblsp. butter
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup quick cooking grits (not instant)
  • 1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 tblsp. Jane’s Crazy Mixed-Up Salt
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup peanut oil
  • 1 bunch green onions, sliced
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1 clove garlic, finely minced

Instructions

  1. Prepare the grits: Bring the water, butter, and salt to a boil in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Whisk in the grits. Reduce the heat to a simmer. Cover and cook for 5 minutes or according to package directions. Set aside and keep warm while preparing the chicken.
  2. Cut the chicken breasts lengthwise into 1 inch thick pieces. Sprinkle generously with seasoned salt and dredge in flour. Shake to remove excess flour.
  3. Place a large, heavy skillet over medium high heat. Add the peanut oil and allow it to warm for a minute or so. Add the chicken to the hot oil in the pan. Cook, turning once or twice, until browned on all sides. Remove the chicken from the pan and set aside.
  4. Pour off all but about two tablespoons of the oil. Add the sliced green onions to the pan and cook, stirring, for about a minute. Add the chicken broth. Stir to release any cooked bits from the bottom of the pan.
  5. Add the chicken back to the pan along with the minced garlic. Stir gently to combine and coat the chicken with the pan sauce.
  6. Mound grits in individual plates or bowls for serving. Top with chicken and pan sauce.

Notes

Recipe adapted from about.com

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1 icakepops January 5, 2013 at 7:37 am

I think I may try this with your cheese grits. I have never made grits myself but that is going to change! (;

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2 Lana January 5, 2013 at 10:24 am

Never made grits? Well, if you can make oatmeal, you can make grits. I think the key to good grits is to get a good regional brand like Dixie Lily or Jim Dandy. I know both of those can be purchased online if they’re not in your local grocery store. The national brand that’s available everywhere…..not so much.

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3 Barbara | Creative Culinary January 5, 2013 at 10:58 am

I just made shrimp and grits for New Years and am always reminded first of how much I love them and second that I don’t make them often enough. Love the idea of serving them with chicken Lana…yum!

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4 Lana January 5, 2013 at 3:46 pm

I could quite honestly eat grits twice a day and never get tired of them. I should do more blog posts featuring them.

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5 Terra January 5, 2013 at 11:10 pm

I agree, It is nice to have a normal schedule back, the holidays wear me out:-) You basically had me at creamy and buttery!!! This dish sounds delicious, Hugs, Terra

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6 Lana January 6, 2013 at 1:40 pm

Thanks, Terra. We really enjoy this recipe. It’s pure comfort food, plus it’s really quick to make – always a plus!

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7 Miss P January 7, 2013 at 5:13 pm

Ahhhhh. Comfort food. Just what’s needed this time of year.

Miss P

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