Quick and Easy Pan Sauces

Quick and Easy Pan Sauces
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Recipes for Quick and Easy Pan Sauces for chicken, pork or turkey. These sauces are designed to cover 4 chicken breasts or the equivalent pork or turkey.


  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable or olive oil
  • Red Wine and Mustard Pan Sauce:
  • 1/4 cup low-salt chicken stock
  • 1/4 cup red wine
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • Curried Chutney Pan Sauce:
  • 6 tablespoons low-salt chicken stock
  • 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons prepared chutney
  • 1/4 teaspoon curry powder
  • Orange-Dijon Pan Sauce:
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced fresh rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • Port with Dried Cherries Pan Sauce:
  • 1/2 cup port wine
  • 2 tablespoons dried cherries or cranberries
  • 2 teaspoons seedless raspberry jam
  • Lemon-Caper Pan Sauce:
  • 6 tablespoons low-salt chicken stock
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons drained capers
  • Vermouth with Prunes Pan Sauce:
  • 6 tablespoons sweet vermouth
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup chopped prunes
  • Tomato-Tarragon Pan Sauce:
  • 1/4 cup low-salt chicken stock
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh tarragon
  • 4 canned tomatoes, seeded and chopped


  1. Combine the sauce ingredients of your choice in a 1-cup Pyrex measuring cup or small bowl.
  2. Heat 2 tablespoons of the butter and the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Dredge one of the chicken breasts in the flour, coating both sides well but shaking off any excess. Increase the heat of the pan to medium high.
  3. Before adding the chicken, test the heat of the pan by flicking in a little of the dredging flour. If the flour sizzles enthusiastically and immediately turns golden, the pan is ready. Add the first floured chicken breast. Then quickly flour the remaining breasts and add them to the pan. Cook for about 4 minutes without moving the breasts. Then, starting with the first one in the pan, turn them over and cook for another 3 or 4 minutes on the other side. Transfer the chicken to a plate or plates and keep it warm.
  4. Add the pan sauce ingredients to the hot pan and boil, stirring and scraping up the browned bits in the bottom of the pan, over high heat until the liquid is reduced by half. Add the remaining tablespoon of butter and whisk until smooth and glossy. (Tilt the pan to bring the small amount of liquid to one side while you whisk in the butter.)
  5. Spoon the sauce over the chicken and serve immediately.