Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Applebee's Fake Out

Every Friday night my husband and I, along with another couple, go out to dinner. This past Friday they all wanted to go to Applebee's. I was not thrilled about the idea because I have had horrible experiences with both their service and food before. But I'm a team player so I went along with it. After contemplating over the menu I decided to try a Garlic Herb Chicken item that was on their weight watchers menu. I was pleasantly surprised at the taste, not to mention that it was low-fat. In fact I enjoyed the idea of the meal so much that I decided to try and recreate it at home.

I would like to say that I am very pleased with the results! Yay me, LOL. The sauce turned out great, it could use a little bit of tweaking but for throwing the idea in my head onto paper it turned out wonderful. Alongside the chicken I served herb roasted red potatoes and a broccoli and carrot veggie mixture, of course I drizzled the veggies with the leftover sauce and then ended up dipping the potatoes in it too. Delicious!

My husband and I both really enjoyed the meal and now I can say who needs Applebee's I can make the same, possibly better, meal at home. :)

Garlic Herb Chicken
Amber's Delectable Delights

1 1/2 cups chicken broth
1 tablespoon cornstarch
2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 tablespoon olive oil
4 cloves garlic, minced
1.5 teaspoon parsley
1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon onion powder
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

1. Pound chicken breasts so they are thin and even. Whisk together chicken broth and cornstarch; set aside.
2. Preheat sauté pan to medium heat and add in olive oil and garlic. Add chicken to pan and cook until done (approximately 20 minutes). Remove chicken from pan and place on a plate, tent with foil to keep warm.
3. Add chicken broth and cornstarch mixture to the pan and simmer until thickened. Add in remaining seasonings and stir to mix. Add chicken back into the pan and turn to coat both sides with sauce.
4. Drizzle remaining garlic herb sauce on potatoes or vegetables.


Anonymous said...

Oooooh! That looks SOOOOO good! i love the look of that sauce!

Jessica said...

That looks great! I'm always looking for new ways to prepare chicken.

Carrie said...

Never tried this but sounds yummy!

What's Cookin Chicago said...

Great job recreating it at home!

Cate said...

Very cool that you re-created it at home! It looks great.

Michele said...

I love the creamy sauce! Looks great! In what way would you tweak it for next time?

Anonymous said...

This looks and sounds fabulous! Can't wait to try it!


mmmmmm....that sounds really good!

That Girl said...

The only thing I like at Applebees is their french onion soup - SO GOOD!

Megan said...

I can always use a new lowfat chicken dish. This does look delicious.

Shelby said...

Looks delicious!

Anonymous said...

I've heard that Applebee's is trying to improve their food - maybe it's working.

Your take sounds yummy!

Jaime said...

looks delicious. kudos to you for successfully making a copycat recipe :)

Anonymous said...

*giggles* applebee's, teeheehee... (did you imagine the michael smith voice over narrating the experience?)

ok, on to the seriousness... This sounds pretty good and I think I could totally get behind this plate weight watchers or not. GO you!!!

Cassi said...

Looks Good. Any leftovers??

It's not even close to lunch time and now I'm thinking about lunch already.

Anonymous said...

I had this at Applebee's last night. It was great! I asked the manager what was in it. He said a dried herb mixture (I was thinking maybe Mrs. Dash?), mashed roasted garlic, corn starch and water to make the sauce.

I will definitely try your version. Thank you so much!