CHICKEN OR BEEF TENDERLOIN SUPREME
This is my favorite dish to serve to someone special on Valentine's Day.
In a small to medium heavy skillet, brown split chicken breasts or boneless chicken breast pieces in butter over moderate heat, about 2 minutes per side; remove chicken with tongs (so as not to puncture chicken and lose juice) and set aside. In hot pan drippings, sauté mushrooms, green pepper, and onion over moderate heat until just tender, but not limp and mushy; remove from pan, draining drippings back into pan, and set aside. Reduce heat to low. Blend flour with drippings to form a smooth paste; gradually add chicken broth, wine, wine or balsamic vinegar, basil, thyme, and Worcestershire sauce, blending well. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Cook over low heat, stirring frequently, until sauce thickens. Return chicken pieces to sauce, coating each piece well with sauce. Simmer, partially covered, for an additional 10 to 15 minutes or until chicken is fork tender. Add chili sauce and mushroom/pepper/onion mixture to pan, mixing gently but well, just before serving. Adjust seasoning as desired. Arrange 1 to 2 chicken pieces on each dinner plate; spoon sauce over each, dividing evenly, and sprinkle minced parsley over each serving.
Note: May omit butter or margarine; liberally coat skillet with non-caloric vegetable cooking spray.
Note: May dissolve 1 chicken bouillon cube in ¾ cup boiling water, if desired.
Beef Tenderloin Variation: Omit chicken and chicken broth; use 1½ cups beef broth or beef consommé. Prepare sauce without tenderloins as previously directed. Choose two to four (6 to 8-ounce) beef tenderloins (filets) or boneless beef rib-eye or sirloin steaks, each cut 1½ inches thick. To broil, arrange steaks on a preheated rack in a broiler pan about 5 to 6 inches from heat source. Brush meat with melted butter, if desired. Broil until top of meat is browned, turning once, approximately 5 to 7 minutes per side for rare, 8 to 10 minutes per side for medium rare, and 12 to 15 minutes per side for medium. For more accuracy, use an instant reading meat thermometer inserted into the center of each steak, 130 to 140 degrees for rare, 140 to 150 degrees for medium rare, and 160 degrees for medium. Do not broil meat to well-done as the meat becomes dry and in some instances tough.
Pork Tenderloin Variation: Omit chicken; use 1½ to 2 pounds pork tenderloin. Cut tenderloin into thick equal-size slices; pound slices flat with a meat mallet or the flat side of a French knife. Prepare as directed for the chicken preparation.