Honey Dijon Chicken

Time: 30-40 minutes
Yield: 6-7  servings
Recipe from Jamie Cooks It Up!

4 chicken breasts (about 2  pounds)
2 T butter
1 T olive oil
1 T fresh garlic, minced
1 1/2  C chicken broth, divided
1 C half and half
2 tsp Dijon mustard 
1 1/2 tsp honey
1/2 tsp thyme
1/2 tsp parsley
pinch red pepper flakes
salt and pepper
fresh parsley, chopped (optional)

1. Trim any visible fat from your chicken with some kitchen scissors. Then cut each piece in half. Place the chicken in a gallon sized Ziploc bag. Pound the chicken with a meat mallet until it's about 1/2 an inch thick. Then cut each piece of flattened chicken in half, giving you about 16 (2-3 inch) pieces of chicken. 
2. Heat a large, deep skillet up over medium high heat. Add 2 tablespoons of butter and 1 tablespoon of olive oil allowing it to heat through. 
3. Sprinkle some salt and pepper over the chicken pieces and carefully place them into the hot pan. You should be able to cook about 9 pieces of chicken at a time. Don't be tempted to cram the chicken too tightly together in the pan. It needs a little space. :) 
4. Cook the chicken over medium high heat. You'll want to cook for about 3-4 minutes on each side or until it gets a nice golden brown sear and the inside is no longer pink. 
5. When the chicken has cooked through pour 1/4 cup chicken broth into the sauce pan cover it and let the chicken simmer in the broth for about 2 minutes. The broth will help to flavor the inside of each piece of chicken. 
6. Remove the chicken to a separate plate and cover it with foil. Cook the remaining chicken following steps 1-6. 
7. Once all of the chicken is cooked and wrapped tightly in tin foil make the yummy sauce. :) Add 1 T minced garlic to the pan and allow it to cook for about 1 minute or until it's nice and soft and slightly golden brown. There will most likely still be some broth in the pan. That's ok and actually preferable. Sorry there isn't a picture of this step! Imagine it in your mind's eye, okay? A little bit of broth with some fresh garlic simmering in it. 
8. To the sauce pan add 1 additional cup broth, 1 cup half and half, 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard, 1 1/2 teaspoons honey, 1/2 teaspoon thyme, 1/2 teaspoon parsley a pinch of red pepper flakes and a dash or two of salt and pepper. 
9. Give it a nice stir and allow it to come to a simmer. Let it cook through over medium high heat for 3-4 minutes. It will start to thicken up for you as it cooks. Give it a taste and add more salt and pepper to your liking. 
10. Remove it from the heat, cover the pan and let it sit for about 2 minutes. It will thicken even more as it starts to cool. Grab your chicken and get it on to a pretty plate. Drizzle the delicious sauce over the top of each piece. You can sprinkle it with a little bit of fresh, chopped parsley if you have some on hand. If not, just leave that part out. No worries. It will still be fantastic! 

Serve and Enjoy! 

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