Garrison Keilor talks about "the recipe that is far better than it has any right to be" in one of his monologues. I think about the two or three recipes that can be put together with little or no warning (ingredients on hand), taste fantastic and look superb. Health considerations are secondary. My two are below, but what are yours?
Chicken in Port Wine Cream Sauce
3/4 cup sun dried tomatos, softened
3 chicken breasts
3 TBl butter
1 cup port
1.5 cups cream (whipping prefered)
Brown chicken in butter, cook through.
Deglaze pan with port, add cream. Boil until large, shiny bubbles form. Add chicken, coarsely chopped tomatoes to sauce, serve over pasta.
Chicken with Onions, Tomatoes and Tarragon
Layer slices of onion in bottom of baking pan, top with chicken breasts (boneless) then thick tomato slices and dried tarragon, salt and pepper. Cover dish and bake at 400 until chicken is cooked through (20 -40 minutes). Serve over pasta or rice. ( not elegant, but definately far better tasting than it has any right to be)