A Sarcastic Appetite

Fifteen Minute Dinner: Mustard Chicken
June 27, 2009, 5:45 pm
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The story goes that my mother once made this when we were fairly young – but with veal scallops, as the recipe originally calls for – and I threw a fit, mooed petulantly through dinner, and refused to eat it. She later substituted chicken and it was a favorite in our house for many years, until she finally got sick of making it all the time. Now that we’re older and (slightly) more mature, I make it for Clay fairly often; it’s really simple, requires few ingredients, and when you put the whole thing over some fresh spinach that wilts slightly from the sauce, well, you’ve got a complete meal with little effort. Last time I made it, I let the Nutritional Ninja fend for himself in the carbs department. As far as I know he survived…


Mustard Chicken

Serves 2. Adapted from The Silver Palate Cookbook.

2 tbsp. butter

2 tbsp. olive oil

3 scallions, cleaned and chopped

2 chicken breasts, pounded to about 1/2″ thickness and seasoned with salt and pepper

1/3 c. dry white wine

1/3 c. Dijon mustard

1/3 c. heavy cream or half-and-half

More salt and freshly ground black pepper

About 2 c. fresh spinach, washed and dried

1 large, ripe tomato, seeded and diced

Melt the butter and oil over low heat. Add the scallions and cook over low heat for about 5 minutes, being careful not to let them brown. Raise the heat, add the chicken breasts, and cook (about 3-4 minutes per side). Remove the breasts to a plate and keep warm.

Add the wine to the skillet and bring to a boil; allow to reduce slightly. Whisk in the cream and mustard; taste, adding more salt and pepper as necessary, and then boil for about 2 minutes. Add the chicken breasts back in to reheat them and finish cooking if necessary  (if, for example, you weren’t paying attention and undercooked them).

Mound the spinach on two plates; top with the chicken breasts and plenty of mustard sauce and some fresh chopped tomato. Serve.

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[…] Mustard Chicken: ok, ok, now you have to go look at some truly terrible photos, and for that I sincerely apologize. This one’s been in the rotation for a long time; it was a childhood favorite that we still haven’t soured on, and for good reason. Plus, I love this recipe because it necessitates a bottle of wine – which means the cook needs to have at least one glass. […]

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