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01 Mar 2017
DCL Recipes: Lemon and Thyme Pan Chicken and Coconut Curry Mahi-Mahi Amy Poore

If you need some great weeknight meals, these two dishes are perfect. You can’t go wrong with chicken, but if you’re tired of the usual chicken entrée, this lemon and thyme pan chicken is a great way to change things up a bit. And if you’d like to spice up the dinner table a bit, try this coconut curry mahi-mahi. It’s just exotic enough to be adventurous, and our entire family loves it. 

Here’s to another great month of gathering around the dinner table. Bon appétit!  

Lemon and Thyme Pan Chicken 

1 small bag of baby red potatoes (around 12 oz.), halved 

4 tablespoons olive oil, divided 

4, 6 oz. boneless, skinless chicken breasts, pounded thin 

2 full sprigs of fresh thyme 

4 oz. gourmet mushrooms (anything but white button) 

1 tablespoon thyme (fresh), chopped 

1/4 cup whole milk 

5 teaspoons all-purpose flour 

1 3/4 cups chicken stock 

8 slices of lemon, (thinly sliced) 

8 oz. fresh green beans (or asparagus) 

Salt and pepper 

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. 

Boil potatoes until tender, around 15 mins. Drain. 

Season chicken breasts with salt and pepper. 
In a large oven-proof skillet (cast iron would be great), heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat. Add thyme sprigs to pan and place chicken on top. Cook 3-4 minutes per side or until browned. 

Place pan in oven and bake for 10-12 minutes. Carefully remove pan and remove chicken from pan to rest on a plate. (Keep in mind the skillet handle will be very hot for the remaining of recipe). 

Place skillet back over medium high heat, add remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil and add potatoes (cut side down), mushrooms, green beans, and thyme. Cook 3-5 minutes or until brown, gently stirring once or twice to keep potatoes from sticking. 


In a small bowl, whisk together milk, stock, and flour. Add to skillet, along with lemon. Simmer, stirring occasionally until sauce has thickened. Salt and pepper to taste then add chicken back to skillet. Cover, reduce heat, and cook for 3 more minutes to warn chicken back through. 


Coconut Curry Mahi-Mahi 


1 can unsweetened coconut milk 
1 tablespoon lime juice 
1 tablespoon Thai red curry paste 
1 teaspoon sugar 
4 teaspoons grated ginger 
3 teaspoons minced garlic 
1 teaspoon fish sauce 
3 tablespoons chopped cilantro, divided 
3 tablespoons chopped green onions, divided 
4 mahi-mahi filets 
Salt and pepper 
4 cups cooked jasmine rice 
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. 
In a medium saucepan, add milk, lime juice, curry paste, sugar, ginger, garlic and fish sauce, and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes. 

Remove from heat and stir in 2 tablespoons each of green onions and cilantro. 
Place fish filets on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or greased tin foil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. 

Separate around 1/4 cup of the sauce and brush on to the mahi-mahi. 

Bake for 20 mins. 

Serve with rice, the remaining sauce, and sprinkle with remaining cilantro and green onions. 


Amy Poore is a Tuscaloosa mom, a wife, and a foodie. To see more of Amy's delicious recipes, visit her blog, Poore Amy, at     

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Amy Poore

I am a newly married 34 year old southern girl. Pooreamy is a play on my name and really an oxymoron because my life is full, rich and happy. I’m an open book who loves to talk, share and hopefully help others with some of the things (actual items and wisdom) I have discovered and continue to discover over the years. I live in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, which is the home of the University of Alabama (Roll Tide!) and my Alma Mater.

I grew up on a farm in Cullman eating the best fresh country food you have ever tasted! I was an only child and because my mother and grandmother were both excellent cooks I never once worried about why it tasted so good or how to recreate it (I was kind of spoiled like that – never had to help in the kitchen). Now with my love of cooking, looking back I really regret not getting in there and learning a few tricks from my Mammaw. Luckily, I have my mom to pass on recipes and helpful tips but there are several things she never felt the need to learn either. I also believe that my raising had to do with the reason I love food – all kinds of food – as a child I had to have 3 bites of everything on my plate (Brussels sprouts, liver etc.) and I had to adamantly say I didn’t like it on three occasions to not have to ever eat it again. Needless to say, in the end, there were very few things that I didn’t like. Liver was one of them – I still don’t like it.

So……now I LOVE to cook and eat and I also like to share things. Blogging seemed to be a great way to do both. I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoy doing it. Please feel free to make comments, suggestions and ask questions. I’ll do my best to answer them all. Y’all come back, ya hear!


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