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Chipotle Chicken and Creamy Spinach

Marinate the chicken hours in advance, and broil it for a few minutes just before you sit down to dinner. Thick cream is cooked in the roasting pan with the chicken before it is added to the spinach.

  • Servings: 4

Source: Martha Stewart Living Television

Ingredients

  • 2 to 3 chipotle chiles in adobo, finely chopped (about 2 tablespoons)
  • 1 1/4 cups Thick Cream, whipping cream, or creme fraiche
  • 4 medium-large (about 1 1/3 pounds) skinless and boneless chicken-breast halves
  • 1/4 cup Homemade Chicken Stock, or low-sodium canned
  • 6 cups (about 10 ounces) spinach, stems removed, well rinsed
  • Coarse salt

Directions

  1. Place the chopped canned chipotles and 2 tablespoons thick cream in a small bowl, and mix to combine.

  2. Place the chicken in a large bowl, and pour the chipotle mixture over it, making sure to coat the chicken well. Cover with plastic wrap, and transfer dish to the refrigerator. Marinate the chicken 2 to 3 hours.

  3. Heat the broiler. Place the chicken breasts in a baking dish (preferably earthenware) just large enough to accommodate them. Place the baking dish 6 inches away from the broiler, and broil chicken until deep brown in color, about 4 to 5 minutes.

  4. Remove dish from broiler. Turn chicken breasts, and drizzle remaining 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons thick cream around the chicken. Return the dish to the broiler, and broil until chicken is deep golden and no longer squishy when you lightly press it with your finger, 4 to 5 minutes more.

  5. Transfer the chicken breasts to a warm platter, and transfer platter to a warm oven.

  6. Scrape the cream mixture from the baking dish into a medium-large saucepan. Add the chicken stock and the spinach. Bring the mixture to a boil over high heat, and cook, stirring constantly, until the spinach has wilted and the cream has reduced and thickened, about 3 minutes. Season mixture with salt, and serve creamy spinach with the broiled chicken.

Cook's Note

If you don't care for very spicy dishes, you can reduce the heat by splitting the peppers in half and scraping out the seeds with the back of a knife before chopping.

Reviews (3)

  • Sweetandspicy 25 Oct, 2011

    Okay, tried the recipe w/ chicken thighs and I'll be going back to using breasts. Not that it was bad w/ thighs, I just thought the original was better.

  • Sweetandspicy 24 Oct, 2011

    I've made this recipe several times and it is always good. This evening I'm going to make it using thighs instead of breasts. Thighs remain moist whereas if I used the breasts they often can be dry if you are counting on leftovers. We'll see how it turns out.

  • elijahmommy 13 Feb, 2011

    excellent, as are all of rick bayless' recipies. this is really good if you add a side of cubed fresh ripe mango. it makes the perfect cool off for your pallate.

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