- 4 (6 to 7-ounce) boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
- 2 tablespoons plus 1/2 teaspoon Essence or Creole Seasoning, recipe follows
- 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1 cup fine dry bread crumbs
- 1 large egg beaten with 1 tablespoon milk to make an egg wash
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, cut into pieces
- 1/4 cup minced yellow onions
- 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
- 3/4 pound assorted exotic mushrooms, such as shiitakes, chanterelles, and black trumpets, stemmed, wiped clean, and sliced (about 4 cups)
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper
- 1/4 cup dry white wine
- 1 cup chicken stock, or canned, low-sodium chicken broth
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 4 large boiled artichoke hearts, recipe follows, cut into 1/4-inch thick slices
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons chopped green onions
- 1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley leaves
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and set aside.
Season each chicken breast half with 1/2 teaspoon of the Essence and set aside.
Combine 1/2 cup of the flour with 1 1/2 teaspoons of the Essence in a shallow bowl. In another shallow bowl, combine the bread crumbs with the remaining tablespoon Essence. Put the egg wash in a third bowl.
Heat the oil and melt 1 tablespoon of the butter in a large skillet or saute pan over medium-high heat. Add the chicken in 2 batches and cook until golden brown, 1 1/2 to 2 minutes per side. Transfer the chicken to the prepared baking sheet and roast until cooked through, 15 to 18 minutes.
Meanwhile, in a large clean skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of the remaining butter over medium-high heat. Add the yellow onions and cook, stirring, until soft, about 3 minutes. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the mushrooms and cook until soft and they give off their liquid, about 4 minutes. Add the salt and pepper and stir. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons flour, stir to incorporate, and cook until the mixture is thick, about 1 minute. Add the wine and cook, stirring, until evaporated, 30 seconds to 1 minute. Add the chicken stock, stir well to incorporate, and simmer until the mixture is thickened, about 2 minutes. Add the cream, bring to a simmer, and cook until the mixture is thickened enough to coat the back of a spoon, about 2 minutes. Add the sliced artichoke hearts and lemon juice and stir to incorporate. Remove from the heat and stir in the remaining tablespoon butter, the green onions, and parsley. Adjust the seasoning, to taste.
To serve, place 1 chicken breast in the center of each of four large plates and top each with an equal portion of the sauce. Serve immediately.
Emeril's ESSENCE Creole Seasoning (also referred to as Bayou Blast):
- 2 1/2 tablespoons paprika
- 2 tablespoons salt
- 2 tablespoons garlic powder
- 1 tablespoon black pepper
- 1 tablespoon onion powder
- 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
- 1 tablespoon dried oregano
- 1 tablespoon dried thyme
Combine all ingredients thoroughly.
Yield: 2/3 cup
Recipe from "New New Orleans Cooking", by Emeril Lagasse and Jessie Tirsch, published by William and Morrow, 1993.
Boiled Artichoke Hearts:
- 1 gallon water
- 4 bay leaves
- 3 tablespoons salt
- 2 teaspoons whole black peppercorns
- 4 large globe artichokes, about 10 ounces each
- 1 lemon, halved
With a small, sharp knife, trim the tough outer skin from the artichoke stems and remove the bottom row of leaves. Using long handled tongs, carefully add the artichokes and lemons to the pot and return to a boil. Place 2 small heavy plates on top of the artichokes to keep them submerged, lower the heat, and cook at a low boil until the artichokes are tender, 20 to 25 minutes. Drain in a colander and let the artichokes sit until cool enough to handle.
Pull off the large outer leaves from the artichokes, and discard or reserve for another use. Remove and discard the spiky inner leaves. Scrape the hairy choke from each heart and slice as needed or serve whole.
Yield: 4 hearts, or 4 servings