Cheat Meal: Mascarpone Chicken with Green Beans

mascarpone chicken
mascarpone chicken

Mascarpone chicken with green beans is a velvety, rich “cheat meal” that you can make in minutes.

While mascarpone does make for a delicious tiramisu, it is also a rich addition to this savory chicken dish. The vinegar balances out the sweet overtones of the cheese.

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cooking time: 25 minutes

  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 1 large yellow onion, halved and very thinly sliced
  • 1 tbs each olive oil, butter
  • 1 1/2 tsp each, salt & pepper
  • 1 tsp crushed rosemary
  • 2 tbs white wine vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tbs parsley (fresh is best, finely minced)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 tsp each, garlic & sun dried tomato paste
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 4 oz mascarpone cheese
  • Pkg “steam in bag” green beans
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken stock
cooking instructions
  • In a heavy bottomed skillet, heat oil and butter
  • Add onions and sprinkle with a couple of pinches of salt
  • Cook over medium-low heat, stirring periodically, until onions caramelize (~10 minutes)
  • While the onions are cooking, cut chicken into 1″ pieces
  • Once the onions are caramelized, add the chicken, salt, pepper and spices to the skillet; turn up the heat to medium
  • Cook chicken, stirring frequently, for about 10 minutes–until the chicken is cooked through
  • Add white wine vinegar; stir to incorporate fully
  • Place green beans on top of chicken; add stock and cover skillet tightly, reducing heat to medium-low
  • Let the beans steam for about 10 minutes, until fork tender
  • Remove skillet from the heat, add mascarpone and toss until the cheese is melted and the sauce begins to thicken
  • Adjust salt and pepper as needed
  • Serve immediately over rice pilaf

Variations: If you prefer a more tangy dish, substitute goat cheese for the mascarpone. This is also very good serve over wide egg noodles, if you prefer not to use rice. As a note: mascarpone may be substituted for parmesan in making risotto dishes.