Thursday, February 18, 2010

Suggestion Saturday results - Denise's Creation

I was BOSSED around my own kitchen tonight all in the name of Three G's Crafts. I was told to make a main dish with chicken, fennel and onion by GEORGE. This was going to be a challenge for me. I do not like fennel, anise or licorice at all. YUCK. Last Saturday Katrina and I held our first Suggestion Saturday, asking our followers to suggest ingredients to create a main dish. The name was drawn on Sunday and we had until today to create our own take on the suggestions. Here is mine.

Lemon Fennel Chicken over Spinach with Mushroom Risotto

4 boneless chicken breasts
1 lg. onion, cut in half then sliced
1 fennel bulb, sliced and rinsed, greens for garnish
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 lemons juiced
8 oz of baby bella mushrooms, quartered
1/2 C of white wine
olive oil
salt and pepper

fresh spinach

mushroom risotto (save for later date)

Reese helping me juice my lemons

the chicken sauted in olive oil and butter, its simply seasoned with salt and pepper

the fennel, onion, galic and mushrooms in the white white

Oh my goodness... beautiful and YUMMY.

This was my plate, it was half a breast butterflied.  I just placed the vegetables over the spinach which just naturally wilted the spinach, garnished the chicken with fennel sprigs and lemon.  Served it with the risotto.  I loved it.  Craig kept eating the veggies out of the pan while I was plating it so I think he liked it a lot too.

I was really surprised at how hard it was to find the fresh fennel here in CA.  I found it at my third store.  I have to say this was a blast to do.  I found out that I like COOKED fennel a lot.  What do you think, especially you George.  This was your Suggestion.

KATRINA what is your creation???


  1. Yummy!!!! I wish I could eat some of that right now!!!!

  2. Very nice, highly impressed. Glad you discovered you liked something you thought you hated.

  3. I don't think I could get a more beautifully prepared and presented dish at a 5 star restaurant. HOW IMPRESSIVE!

  4. Love the addition of mushrooms and lemon! I thought about garlic but was worried about it overpowering the sweetness of carmelized onions and fennel.

  5. WOW Densie...I htought Katrina's looked wonderful but I never thought about adding mushrooms with spinach! I want to try both!! Some very lucky men yesterday night who have women who cook so GOOD!!!!!!