One-Pot Chicken Dinner


Poached chicken, noodles, and wilted spinach make for a simple one-pot dinner.


  • 8 cups Homemade Chicken Stock, or canned low-sodium chicken broth, skimmed of fat

  • 2 star anise

  • One 3-to-4-inch-long cinnamon stick

  • 1 tablespoon dried savory

  • 3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts halves

  • 4 ounces egg noodles

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 large leek, trimmed, washed, and cut into ¼-inch-thick rounds

  • 1 stalk celery, cut into ½-inch pieces

  • 1 small carrot, julienned into 1 ½-inch-long strips

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • ½ medium portobello mushroom, stem discarded, cut into ¼-inch-thick pieces, and halved

  • 6 cups loosely packed fresh spinach


  1. In a stockpot, combine chicken stock, star anise, cinnamon stick, and savory. Cook, covered, 15 minutes. Add the chicken, and poach, uncovered, on medium heat, until just cooked through, about 15 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer chicken to a plate.

  2. Bring a medium pot of salted water to a boil. Add noodles, and cook until al dente, about 4 minutes. Strain, and place under cold running water to stop cooking. Set aside.

  3. Heat oil in a large saute pan over medium-low heat. Cook the leek, celery, carrot, and garlic until softened, about 6 minutes. Add portobello. Cook 5 minutes. Remove star anise and cinnamon from broth; add broth to the sauteed vegetables. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat; cook 10 minutes.

  4. Slice chicken on the bias 1/4 inch thick. Add chicken, noodles, and spinach to broth. Over medium heat, cook until spinach has wilted, about 2 minutes. Ladle mixture into individual bowls, and serve immediately.

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