Today's recipe comes from TAA reader and friend, Jen. Here's here note:
I've attached my recipe for Chicken Saute with Escarole. I love this recipe because, as you have said, any recipe that requires white wine as an ingredient is destined to be a star. Also, I love the taste of the chicken and mushrooms combined with the bitterness of the escarole. Escarole does not appeal to everyone, but I'd be curious to see what you think. To me, it's a delicious balance and a real palate pleaser. (Side note: It's a Weight Watchers recipe, so I love it even more!) - Jen C.
Chicken Saute with Escarole
*Adapted from Weight Watchers
3 tbsp all-purpose flour
1 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
¼ tsp ground white pepper
Four 4-ounce skinless boneless chicken breasts
4 tsp olive oil
2 C sliced mushrooms
6 scallions, sliced
¼ C dry white wine
1 bunch escarole, cleaned and coarsely chopped
On a sheet of wax paper, combine flour, cheese and pepper. Dredge the chicken in the flour mixture, coating both sides. In a large skillet, heat 2 teaspoons of the oil. Cook the chicken until golden and cooked through, 4-5 minutes on each side. Transfer to platter. In the skillet, heat the remaining 2 teaspoons of oil. Sauté the mushrooms and scallions, stirring constantly, 2-3 minutes. Pour in the wine; cook until the liquid evaporates, 1-2 minutes. Add the escarole; cook until the escarole is tender, about 2 minutes. Once the escarole starts to cook, you should add some salt (to taste). The first time I tried this recipe, it was very bland. The second time I made it, I added a little salt while the escarole was cooking, and it was MUCH better. Spoon over the chicken.
I made the dish for 4 people that LOVE to eat, so I had to double the recipe and actually use two pots. If you're making this for only 2-3 people, one pot should be good. I also used Chardonnay, (not Chablis or Sauvignon blanc) simply because it was the only wine I had in the house, and I was too lazy to run to the store. It still came out great!
So what do you think? Didn't Jen do an amazing job on this dish? I love that not only did she put her own spin on it to fit her needs, but that it incorporates some new, adventurous ingredients (I, for one, am completely unfamiliar with escarole). Take note of that deliciously crispy looking chicken on the bottom! And the fact that it's healthy is just the icing on the...er...cake. I cannot wait to try it!
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