For the last Cucumber recipe, I’m making a sauce. This should be no surprise, as cucumbers lend themselves quite well to sauces.
What is a surprise is the fact that the cucumbers are cooked and provide a bit of zucchini-like texture to the dish. The sauce ends up being quite good. I’m my life span, I do believe this is the first time that I’ve ever cooked cucumbers.
If you can cook a really moist chicken breast, then you’re going to do well on this dish. There’s no secrets to making this dish aside from following the instructions below.
- 2 1/2 large cucumbers, peeled, halved and sliced
- 7 tablespoons butter, soft
- 1/2 cup flour
- 1/8 tsp pepper
- 6 skinless, boneless chicken breasts.
- 1 tsp olive oil
- 1 cup chicken stock
- 1 cup whipping cream
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons dill, chopped
Place cucumbers in colander ar a strainer. Sprinkle with salt, toss, and let drain 1 hr.
After one hour, place cucumbers on paper towels and pat dry.
In heavy largeg skilet over medium heat melt 3 tablespoons of butter. Add cucumbers and saute until light brown, about 7 min. Set aside.
In small cup, mix 1 tablespoon of flour and 1 tablespoon of soft butter to smooth paste. Set aside.
Place 1/2 cup of flour in shallow baking dish with pepper and season with salt. Coat chicken with flour and shake off any excess. Set aside.
Melt remaining 3 tablespoons butter with olive oil in another heavy large skillet over high heat. Add chicken and saute until brown, turning over after cooking about 4 minutes. Add 1/2 cup of chicken stock and reduce heat to medium. Cover and simmer until chicken is cooked through (about 4 minutes). Transfer chicken to platter.
Add remaining 1/2 cup stock to skillet. Add flour and butter paste and stir win well. Increase heat to high and boil until reduced to 1/4 cup (about 3 minutes). Add cream & bring to boil, stirring constantly. Reduce heat and simmer until thickened to sauce consistency (about 2 minutes), stirring frequently. Stir in lemon juice and 1 tablespoon dill. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Add chicken and cucumbers to sauce, heat through. Transfer to plates. Spoon sauce & cucumbers over chicken. Sprinkle with dill.