Poached chicken with roasted red pepper sauce

Poached Chicken with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce Recipe

With its beautiful presentation, our Poached Chicken with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce makes a wonderful main dish for Easter or other special occasions. Despite its fancy appearance, this healthy poached chicken recipe is simple to make and features a secret ingredient you probably already have in your pantry: We poached the chicken breasts in apple juice to make them extra juicy and flavorful. Serve with our rich roasted red pepper sauce for an easy, yet elegant, entree your guests will love.

Yield: 6 servings
Nutrition facts: Per serving: 300 calories, 15 g fat, 19 g carbohydrates (3.8 g fiber), 22 g protein, 152 mg sodium

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Ingredients

1¼ lb. skinless, boneless chicken breasts
About 4½ cups unsweetened apple juice
¼ tsp. salt
¼ tsp. black pepper
6 cloves garlic, peeled
4 large red bell peppers (2¼ lb.), cut lengthwise into flat panels
⅓ cup cashews
¼ cup olive oil
¼ cup distilled white vinegar

Directions

  1. In a skillet big enough to hold the chicken in a single layer, place the chicken, apple juice (enough to just cover the chicken), salt, pepper and garlic. Bring to a simmer over medium heat. Cook, uncovered, at a bare simmer (do not boil) until the chicken is still slightly pink in the center, about 10 minutes.
  2. Remove from the heat and let cool in the liquid (where it will continue cooking). Measure out and reserve ¼ cup of the cooking liquid. Fish out the garlic and set aside.
  3. Meanwhile, preheat the broiler. Broil the pepper pieces, skin-side up, 4 inches from the heat until the skin is completely charred, about 12 minutes. Turn the pepper pieces skin-side down and let cool on the broiler pan. When cool enough to handle, discard the skin.
  4. In a food processor, combine the poached garlic and cashews, and process to a coarse puree. Add the skinned peppers, reserved cooking liquid, oil and vinegar, and process to a smooth puree.
  5. To serve, cut the chicken across the grain into ¼-inch slices and serve with the sauce.

Kid-approved tweak: Serve the chicken with their favorite barbecue sauce or ketchup instead of the roasted pepper sauce.