Chicken Breasts with Butter Beans

  • Yield 4 servings

Butter beans are used to make both a salad-type topping for great flavor and color and a velvety puree for serving underneath the chicken strips.

Ingredients

1 package (16 ounces) frozen butter beans (or baby lima beans)
1/4 cup diced red bell pepper
1/4 cup diced country ham
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes
1 large fresh lemon, juiced and zested
1/4 cup buttermilk
1 large shallot, peeled and quartered
2 tablespoons flat leaf parsley
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup all purpose flour
1 teaspoon lemon pepper seasoning
4 -- boneless skinless split chicken breasts
2 tablespoons canola oil
-- Optional garnish: fresh lemon slices and chopped flat leaf parsley

Instructions

  1. Prepare beans according to package directions; drain well, keeping warm. With a slotted spoon remove 1/2 cup of the cooked beans to a small mixing bowl; add red bell pepper, country ham, vinegar, 1/4 teaspoon each black and red pepper flakes, tossing gently to blend; reserve.
  2. Place the remaining beans in a food processor with lemon juice (reserve zest for later use), buttermilk, shallot, parsley, 1/2 teaspoon each salt and black pepper; process until smooth. Remove from food processor to a small saucepan and place over very low heat to keep warm, stirring occasionally.
  3. Mix together flour and lemon-pepper seasoning until well blended; dust both sides of chicken lightly and evenly with mixture.
  4. Heat oil in a large heavy skillet placed over medium-high heat; cook chicken for about 10-12 minutes, turning once, or until golden brown on both sides and cooked through. Transfer chicken to a cutting board; let rest for about 5 minutes, then cut each chicken breast into crosswise strips.
  5. To serve, divide warm bean puree among 4 shallow serving bowls; top with sliced chicken and the butter bean-ham mixture, dividing equally. Sprinkle with reserved lemon zest and garnish with fresh lemon slices and flat-leaf parsley, if desired.

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