Chicken Stroganoff with Mushrooms, Sherry and Sage

4 t. Extra-virgin olive oil
1 8 oz package sliced cremini (baby Bella) mushrooms
Kosher salt
1 shallot, finely chopped
2 T. finely chopped fresh sage
Freshly ground black pepper
1 ¾ lb boneless, skinless chicken thighs (5 or 6),
trimmed of excess fat and cut into 1 ½ to 2 inch pieces
(I use boneless chicken breasts instead)
1 T. finely chopped garlic (about 2 large cloves)
1/3 cup dry sherry
1 whole jarred roasted red pepper, drained and cut into thin
strips (about ½ cup)
½ cup sour cream
1 plum tomato, cored and seeded, and cut into medium dice

In 1 10-inch straight-sided sauté pan, heat 2 tsp of the oil over medium-high heat.  Add the mushrooms, season generously with salt and cook undisturbed until well browned on one side, 1 to 3 minutes.  Add half of the shallot and ½ Tbs. of the sage to the pan and continue to cook, stirring, until the mushrooms are well browned all over, another 3 to 5 minutes.  Season generously with black pepper and transfer to a bowl. Leave the pan off the heat.

Generously season the chicken thighs with salt and pepper.  Return the pan to medium-high heat, add the remaining  2 tsp. oil, and swirl to coat the pan.  Add the chicken and cook undisturbed for 1 minute.  Add ½ Tbs. of  the garlic, ½ Tbs. of the sage, and the remaining shallot and continue to cook, stirring, until the chicken is no longer pink on the outside, 2 to 4 minutes.  Add the mushrooms, sherry, and red pepper and cook to reduce the sherry slightly, about 2 minutes.

Lower the heat to medium and stir in the sour cream, tomato, and the remaining garlic.  Partially cover the pan and simmer until the chicken is cooked through, 15 to 20 minutes.  If the sauce seems overly thick, think it with a little water.  Season to taste with more salt and pepper.  Serve sprinkled with remaining sage. Serve over egg noodles tossed with butter.

Mark and Tony
Fine Cooking October/November 2006

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