It’s only natural that after posting the Sofrito recipe a while back, I’d have a way for you to put such a classic ingredient to use. Sofrito is basically a seasoning base made in the Spanish speaking Caribbean which is added to enhance the overall flavor of meats, stews, soups and other dishes. In this recipe I’ll show you how simple it is to take something as boring as chicken breast and pan roast them on your stove-top for what I believe is the most juicy (and delicious) way to enjoy a part of the chicken notorious for being overly dry and bland.
2 boneless/skinless chicken breasts
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon sofrito
1 tablespoon butter
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
pinch black pepper
1 birds eye pepper (optional)
1 tablespoon lemon juice
* same size chicken breast 1 lb each so they cook the same time
To learn how to make classic sofrito << Click To Watch!
Important : If doing this recipe gluten free, be sure to go through the complete list of ingredients (including the Sofrito) to ensure they meet with your specific gluten free dietary needs.
Season the chicken breast with the sofrito and black pepper, them marinate in the fridge for about 1 hour.
Using a non-stick pan (you’ll use less fat) on a low heat, add the butter and olive oil, then add the chicken breasts (it’s ok if the marinade gets in there).
Keep the heat on low as we want this to gently cook so it does not dry the chicken like leather. After about 4-5 minutes, flip the chicken, sprinkle on the salt, squeeze on the lemon juice and if you want, you can cover the pan with a lid. This will sort of steam cook the chicken. In my case I don’t like covering the pan. I also like to add the half of the lemon I got the juice from and 1 Birds Eye Pepper for a slight kick.. to the pan.
Depending on the thickness of your chicken breast, it will take between 20 and 25 minutes to fully cook through. If you add the pepper as I did try not to break it or it will release some fire (unless you want that raw heat) and do flip the pieces of chicken often so you get and even golden color on both sides.
Remove from the pan and allow to cool for a few minutes before slicing.
Such a simple recipe, but I assure you it’s packed with flavor and as I suggested above – VERY juicy! You can season the chicken with the very same sofrito and grill over coals (or propane) during the summer months when you have friends coming over! This is a great way to serve chicken on a salad or as a topping for a sandwich!