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Sauteed Chicken with Spinach


A tangy mustard sauce is used to dress the spinach and top the chicken. The mustard sauce can also be drizzled over steak or tossed with boiled potatoes.

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  • Servings: 1

Source: Everyday Food, March 2005


  • 1 teaspoon white-wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon minced shallot
  • 1/2 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 boneless, skinless chicken breast half (6 to 8 ounces)
  • Coarse salt
  • Ground pepper
  • 4 cups (about 2 1/2 ounces) baby spinach


  1. Season chicken with salt and pepper. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add chicken; cook until browned, turning once, 8 to 10 minutes.

  2. Add 1/4 cup water. Reduce heat to medium-low; cover, and simmer until chicken is cooked through, 4 to 6 minutes. Transfer chicken to a plate; cover to keep warm.

  3. Make mustard sauce: Add minced shallot to same pan; cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until soft, about 3 minutes. Stir in mustard and vinegar; cook 1 minute. Remove from heat. Add butter; swirl pan until incorporated. Stir any accumulated chicken juices into sauce.

  4. In a medium bowl, toss spinach with half the mustard sauce. Place chicken on a serving plate; drizzle with remaining sauce. Serve spinach on the side.

Cook's Notes

This recipe can be easily altered for four people. In step 1, cook 4 chicken breast halves in 1 tablespoon oil. In step 2, add 1 cup water. In step 3, use 1/4 cup minced shallot, 1/4 cup mustard, 1 tablespoon vinegar, and 2 tablespoons butter. In step 4, toss half the sauce with 10 ounces (1 large bag) spinach.

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