Chicken Cutlets with Cauliflower-Potato Puree

I have been easing myself back into cooking and let me tell you, it hasn’t been easy! You would think that since I like to cook and like to consume, and then I write about what I cook and consume, I would have no trouble, wrong! It has been very hard for me to get motivated and excited about cooking again. I am still very tired and maybe that’s the problem. I have been taking ridiculous amounts of vitamins and eating healthy (I only started yesterday and there wasn’t much cooking done) in a futile attempt to get my energy back. We’ll see how that goes.

Today I sucked it up and made a plan to nonchalantly stroll into the kitchen and survey the stock. I didn’t want to risk causing any unwanted attention incase the natives got excited about dinner and then I would have no choice. Unfortunately, my excuse of a lack of groceries was no longer valid since I had done a huge shop the day before (in my attempt to eat healthy and gain energy.) It’s such a vicious cycle, isn’t it? You don’t have the energy to cook but you have to cook and eat something relatively good for you (versus grabbing a takeout) to get some energy, but you’re too tired to cook and so on.

Tapping my brains for ideas and rummaging the freezer for inspiration, I pulled out a pack of chicken breasts. I didn’t want to turn on the oven and heat up my already searing house, so I opted to sauté chicken cutlets and serve them with a cauliflower and potato puree. I usually like my cauliflower roasted but once again, it went back to the oven and the heat. It was  a lot easier to throw the potatoes and cauliflower into a pressure cooker and cook 8 minutes and they were done.

It’s been a while since I sautéed chicken like this. Usually, I don’t like the huge splattering mess it makes and I don’t particularly like pounding chicken either, but I did it today and they were really good! I made a pan sauce with some broth and finished it off with a bit of cream, a squeeze of lemon and a generous sprinkling of parsley. The cauliflower mash was gorgeous too; creamy and garlicky with the potatoes adding nice body and texture. Sahare, my eleven year old, who doesn’t like cauliflower, had two helpings.

So, is there something y’all don’t make because of some reason or another? I really enjoyed the chicken today and realised that it wasn’t too much of a mess to clean up and I will probably make it again in the near future.

 

 

CHICKEN CUTLETS WITH CAULIFLOWER- POTATO PUREE

 

Cauliflower-Potato Puree:

1 large head cauliflower, cut in medium florets

4 medium gold potatoes, cut in medium chunks

5 cloves of garlic, chopped

1 cup/236ml broth or water

3 tablespoons butter or olive oil

handful of chopped parsley

salt and pepper

 

The puree was very easily done in a pressure cooker, and if you have one, use it! It will take 8 minutes.

Put the potatoes, cauliflower and garlic into the pressure cooker and add the 1 cup of broth or water.

Pressure cook according to your cooker instructions, for 8 minutes.

After 8 minutes, release the pressure and the vegetables will be very tender.

Puree using a stick blender or food processor.

Add a touch more liquid if needed.

Add the butter or olive oil and the parsley.

If you don’t have a pressure cooker, then just boil the vegetables separately until very soft.

This will take about 15-20 minutes depending on the size of the pieces.

Cook until very soft and then mash or puree together.

You can sauté the garlic lightly in some butter or olive oil and add to the vegetables before pureeing.

Check for salt and pepper, add more butter or olive oil and the parsley to finish.

 

Chicken Cutlets:

4  (about 6-8 oz each) chicken breast halves, butterflied and pounded thin

1 cup/236ml water or broth

1/2 cup/118ml cream or half and half

3 tablespoons oil and a tablespoon butter

salt and pepper

handful parsley

1 tablespoon lemon juice ( a squeeze will do)

 

Season the chicken breasts with salt and pepper.

Sauté the pounded chicken breasts in a fry pan with the oil and butter on medium high.

I could only fit one cutlet in my pan so I did one at a time.

You want to get a nice sear on the chicken.

Once one side is done and easily releases from the pan, about 5-8 minutes, turn over and cook the other side.

Don’t over cook. They will be reheated in the sauce.

Repeat with all the rest of the cutlets.

Once the last cutlet is done, pour off any fat left in the pan.

Add the water or broth and deglaze the pan.

Slowly with a wooden spoon or spatula work the bottom of the pan and release the tasty dark bits stuck on.

Lower the heat and add the cream or half and half, bring to a simmer, don’t boil.

Add the squeeze of lemon and parsley and check for salt and pepper.

Slide the cutlets into the sauce and any juices that were released.

Heat through and plate.

 

I am looking forward to my Labour Day weekend because my cousins are coming up from Texas. It will be so good to see them.

I hope to have overcome this fatigue by tomorrow so I can cook for them! 

What are your plans for this weekend? Will you be resting and taking it easy or cooking up a storm?

Whatever you plan to do, I hope you all have a great weekend. I will be busy with my guests through the weekend so I will see you all next week.

Hopefully, with a delightful recipe of some kind!!

 

    • I hope so too! It’s delicious, especially the cauliflower/potato mash, I couldn’t stop eating it. Tell me how it turns out.

    • Thanks Nami! I love cauliflower but have to disguise it now and then for a couple of my kids (one being my hubby!)

  1. Sometimes I am just too bone tired to cook,too. Then I might saute lots of different vegetables with garlic and onion and some diced potatoes and serve it with a fried egg on top for protein. My hubby and I really like this kind of quick but tasty dish. I usually put in some red, orange or yellow pepper, too. I almost always have various vegetables in the crisper drawer that I need to use soon so this is a good way to make sure I don’t waste anything. Last night we had yellow squash ( from a neighbor’s garden) carrots, snow peas, garlic, and onion from our garden, and zucchini. (from another neighbor’s garden) I have started to trade vegetables with my coworkers, too. Today I traded snow peas, garlic, and fresh spinach leaves for some lettuce because I am sort of “between crops” of lettuce and have company arriving tomorrow night. (son and his girl friend) Tomorrow I will trade snow peas for a few eggs because my hens are “taking a vacation,” I guess. Right now we’re getting only one or two eggs a day. The coworker with eggs can only trade with me for a few because she trades her eggs for manicures! This all just started this week but I like it and hope we can all continue as long as our gardens are producing.

    • I use eggs quite a bit too, sometimes we have those for dinner with potatoes and beans. They are quite versatile. However, I do have to suck it up sometimes and try hard to cook something new!

  2. I can’t believe you have more people coming over! You have such a busy social life. This looks delicious, i like the flavour combo of the mash. I often spend all day cooking in the kitchen for several days in a row and then I can’t face cooking anything and everyone has to fend for themselves, I call them Forage days. GG

    • I love having people over but it does exhaust me so. I really enjoyed this visit though and had a great time. I have too many “forage” days for my kids liking!

  3. Mmm, yummy! That was similar to what I did last night. We had some leftover salan and drumsticks, and I finally cooked up some mashed potatoes. Not difficult, but I feel the dread of cooking. I am getting over it though, slowly. One thing I don’t like cooking is meat – but the demand is here, so I drag myself and do it. I love my veggies and desserts. I always always cook dessert first. It gets me rolling, and then I can just eat that while I cook my meat. Hope you have a good weekend with family. I have to get in gear and pickle all my serrano peppers. They are the only thing that has taken off this year. I usually get overwhelmed with tomatoes, but I may not even have any to can. It’s been tough for gardening. I feel bad for the farmers here though. Don’t know how they do it! xxxooo

    • Thanks Mariyam. You sound like my hubby, he wants to know whats for dessert so he wont overdo it on the main dish!

  4. What a gorgeous dish my friend – cauliflower and chicken seem to go very very well together 🙂
    Hope you have a lovely Labour Day!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

  5. cousins coming over is always exciting, I can imgaine and I rememebr when my cousins come over or we get together it is SUCH FUNNNNNNNNNN

    and yeah do tell us what you cooked , I might gate crash tooo