Chicken with Ratatouille…An In Season Fresh Recipe From Sweet Basil

This is the perfect one-dish dinner when summer gardens are in full swing. Feel free to substitute with whatever is overflowing in your garden or at the market for the vegetables in the ratatouille. Note: the chicken can also be grilled or pan seared. Don’t forget to order your Market Basket!

Chicken with Ratatouille Recipe
Chicken with Ratatouille

CHICKEN WITH RATATOUILLE

INGREDIENTS 

1 small red onion, chopped
1/2 (1-lb.) eggplant, peeled and chopped
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 small summer squash, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 medium-size red bell pepper, chopped
1 medium tomato, diced
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
1 1/4 teaspoons kosher salt, divided
3/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper, divided
6 (4-oz.) chicken breast cutlets
1 cup canola oil
Garnish: fresh basil leaves

DIRECTIONS

1. Sauté onion and eggplant in hot olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat 5 minutes or until tender and light brown around edges. Add squash, garlic, and bell pepper; sauté 5 minutes or until tender. Add tomato, basil, and 1/4 tsp. each kosher salt and freshly ground pepper. Cook, stirring constantly, for 2 to 3 minutes or until mixture is thoroughly heated.

2. Remove vegetable mixture from skillet. Cover loosely with aluminum foil to keep warm. Wipe skillet clean.

3. Rinse chicken, and pat dry. Sprinkle with 1 tsp. salt and 1/2 tsp. pepper. Dredge chicken in flour, shaking off excess.

4. Fry chicken, in 2 batches, in hot canola oil in skillet over medium-high heat 2 to 3 minutes on each side or until golden brown and done. Drain on a wire rack over paper towels; cover and keep warm. Transfer to a serving dish, and top with vegetable mixture.

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Enjoy!                                                                                                                        Psalm 55:22

Follow us, like us, share us. We are Sweet Basil Farm & Gardens on Facebook. Look for us on Pinterest, Youtube, Instagram, Google+ and Twitter. Visit us on the web.  We are a local Middle Georgia producer of farm fresh fruits and vegetables and members of the American Poultry Association, licensed by the Georgia Dept. of Agriculture as Poultry Dealers and Brokers, and a proud member of the Georgia Grown program, a division of the Georgia Dept. of Agriculture. We also breed, sell and ship poultry, pet pigs, bearded irises and much more. We have an 80 acre working farm, with great emphasis on all natural gardening and livestock management practices. An 1840’s general store is situated on our property, and serves as our on-site farmer’s market. We have a large vegetable and herb garden, fruit orchards and more. Conveniently located off of Interstate 75 near the Johnstonville Rd exit (#193). We are six miles west, located in Barnesville, Lamar County, Georgia.

Recipe post by Tisha Johnson Matthews, of Sweet Basil Farm & Gardens. Photo courtesy of Dhanraj Emanuel, with Styling by Buffy Hargett. Special thanks to J. David Matthews, of Barnesville, Georgia for support and patience with all that I try and test.

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