Ginger, lemongrass and rice vinegar lend a twist to a classic beurre blanc. Serve these tender chicken medallions with a side of steamed snap peas for a fancy but quick dinner.
To prepare the beurre blanc, first finely mince the lower third of the lemongrass stalk. Next, finely mince the ginger. Cut the cold butter into tablespoon-size pieces and set aside. Gather the rice wine vinegar, white wine and lemon or lime (if using).
Place a small saucepan over medium heat. Add the lemongrass, ginger, rice wine vinegar and white wine. Bring to a simmer and reduce the liquid by about two-thirds until it reaches a syrupy consistency.
Turn the heat to the lowest setting and whisk in the cold butter one piece at a time to slowly form the emulsion.
Once all of the butter has been incorporated, season with salt and pepper. You may want to add a few drops of lemon or lime juice to brighten the flavor of the sauce.
Monitor the sauce closely while you cook the chicken. Keep the sauce warm to the touch and whisk often to prevent it from splitting. You may need to turn the heat off and on to keep it at the correct temperature. The heat does not always need to be on, as the residual heat from the pan will keep it warm.
To prepare the chicken, slice each breast on a bias into 3 equal pieces. Cover with plastic wrap and gently pound each piece to flatten slightly. Season each side with salt and pepper to taste.
Preheat a stainless-steel pan over medium-high heat. Once hot, add the oil and pan fry the chicken on both sides until nice and golden.
Remember to whisk the beurre blanc from time to time to hold the emulsion.
Once the chicken is done, remove from the pan, cover and let rest.
Just before serving, strain the sauce. Plate the chicken and spoon the sauce over top.
Serve the dish with steamed snap peas or any other green vegetable.