I am a huge fan of the Gardein line of products - they are a great source of protein and they have a great variety of offerings, all flavorful and with a pleasantly "meaty" texture. They are convincing faux-meats, convincing enough I think even for veg-skeptics, but not so convincing that vegans would be grossed out. Plus, they're delightfully easy to prepare, especially on nights where you get home late from work because at exactly 6:00pm, just as you're about to walk away from your desk, somebody comes with a ridiculous demand for something that they need by noon the next day. But let's not talk about that.
I came up with this recipe on the fly and I am happy to say that it was a big hit. It's garlicky, lemony, it has wine in it - what more do you need? I will definitely be making this again and I think it would be a great dish to make for company as well.
Gardein Chick'n Filets with Lemon-Garlic White Wine Sauce
1 7 oz. package Gardein Chick'n Filets (4 pieces)
1/2 cup unbleached organic all-purpose flour (for dredging)
1/2 tsp. fresh thyme
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup good-quality white wine
juice from one lemon
2 Tbsp. olive oil
1 Tbsp. Earth Balance or other non-dairy butter
1. Combine flour and fresh thyme in a shallow dish. Dredge each piece of chick'n in the flour, making sure that all sides are evenly coated.
2. Heat olive oil in a pan over medium-high heat. Place chick'n filets in pan and cook 2-3 minutes, until golden brown on the bottom.
3. Once filets have browned, turn them over. After they have all been turned over, add butter to middle of pan, and the minced garlic on top of the butter. Saute garlic in butter until it begins to turn a light golden brown (this will happen quickly).
4. As soon as garlic begins to brown, pour in white wine and lemon juice. Let this mixture cook down for 2-3 minutes. Sauce will thicken slightly.
Serve over buttery mashed potatoes with grilled asparagus or other green of your choice. Enjoy!