Tender-Crisp Spring Braise

For a fresh spin on the classic meat-and-potatoes dinner, try this quick braise featuring asparagus, new potatoes, mushrooms, carrots, and a couple of chicken thighs for flavor.  You won‘t be disappointed.

Ingredients:
3 tablespoons olive oil
8 ounces new potatoes, cut into 1/2-inch thick slices
4 small carrots with tops, trimmed and diagonally cut into 1-inch pieces
4 cups mushrooms, halved (12 oz.)
1 large onion cut in thin wedges
3 cloves garlic, peeled and sliced
1 pound asparagus, trimmed and cut in 1-1/2-inch pieces
2 skinless, boneless chicken thighs cut into strips
1/2 teaspoon salt; 1/4 teaspoon pepper
3/4 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
1 tablespoon snipped fresh tarragon

Directions:

1. In an extra-large nonstick skillet heat 2 tablespoons oil over medium-high heat. Evenly layer the potatoes and carrots in skillet. Cook, uncovered, 5 minutes, until potatoes are golden, turning once. Add mushrooms and onions. Cook 5 to 6 minutes, until vegetables are crisp-tender, stirring often. Add garlic and asparagus; cook 3 minutes. Transfer vegetables to bowl; set aside.

2. In same skillet heat remaining oil. Sprinkle chicken with half the salt and pepper. Cook the chicken in hot oil about 3 minutes, until lightly browned, stirring occasionally. Add broth; bring to boiling. Reduce heat. Simmer, covered, about 3 minute or until no pink remains. Increase heat to medium-high. Stir in cooked vegetables; heat through. Stir in snipped tarragon and remaining salt and pepper.

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Recipe courtesy of Better Homes and Gardens