Rating: 3.48 stars
27 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 7
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 13
  • 2 star values: 4
  • 1 star values: 0

Combine chicken cutlets and spinach into an appetizing meal sparked by tangy olives and sweet raisins.

Everyday Food, December 2007

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Credit: Anna Williams

Recipe Summary test

prep:
10 mins
total:
25 mins
Servings:
4
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • In a medium saucepan, bring 1 3/4 cups water to a boil. Add rice, season with salt, and return to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, cover, and cook just until tender, 16 to 18 minutes. Remove pan from heat; add spinach, cover, and let stand, without stirring, for 5 minutes. Using a fork, fluff rice and mix in spinach.

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  • While rice is cooking, heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high. Season chicken with salt and pepper. Cook in 2 batches, until browned outside and opaque throughout, 1 to 2 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate (reserve skillet); cover with aluminum foil to keep warm.

  • Add wine, olives, and raisins to skillet. Cook over medium-high until wine is almost evaporated, 1 to 2 minutes. Add cup 1/2 water; cook until sauce is reduced by half, 2 to 3 minutes. Serve chicken over spinach rice, and top with sauce.

Cook's Notes

Chicken cutlets are ready in minutes -- be sure not to overcook them. The raw spinach will wilt in the hot rice, so you don't need to cook it separately.

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Reviews (12)

27 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 7
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 13
  • 2 star values: 4
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: Unrated
08/01/2012
Looking forward to see how my boys will eat this.
Rating: Unrated
12/18/2008
i was so excited but found this dish to be bland. and made the mistake of adding 1and 1/2 cups water as the directions were unclear--sauce was watery. recipe worth tweaking though!
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12/18/2008
I substituted cherry flavored craisins for raisins, that definitely amped up the holiday factor and created a lovely burgundy/plum coloured sauce.
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Rating: Unrated
12/17/2008
i used chicken tenders. always on sale and cook quickly. dish needs more spice, so consider garlic or onion powder or even oregano. any fresh spinach will do. for more fiber add, towards the end, white kidney/cannellini beans. use chicken broth instead of water. i also used more olive oil for flavor. pitted olives are found in most major grocery chains.
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12/17/2008
If you have difficulty locating pitted Kalamata olives, try this trick my best friend told me about: sit an olive on a flat, firm surface and roll it under your fingertip a few times. This loosens the pit from the flesh and makes pits really easy to remove :D.
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08/22/2008
This is part of our regular rotation. We have everything on hand except for the spinach. After several times eating it with raisins I tried dried figs and it was wonderful.
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06/25/2008
I made this recipe last night. It needs something. Too bland for our taste.
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04/01/2008
This recipe is ideal for those of us who dislike 'bitter' spinach since the spinach stays bright and flavorful. I used chicken stock instead of water to cook the rice, because it was in the fridge. No need to find pitted Kalamatas since you have to sliver them anyway...a few extra seconds to pit. This recipe lends itself to various dried fruits as well as the sultanas. A very easy recipe with lots of eye ,and palate, appeal.
Rating: Unrated
11/28/2007
I used tender style chickeni because I already had in freezer.Tough time locating pitted olives but finally found at Trader J. Cut the olives with kitchen shears rather than knife-easier. I cooked the spinach (I used baby spinach),once mixed w/rice it appeared less cooked than in photo posted with recipe.I steamed the mixture of rice
Rating: Unrated
11/28/2007
Make your own cutlets by slicing a boneless skinless chicken breast in half lengthwise. Then pound flat in between plastic wrap or in a plastic storage bag using a meat mallet or small strong pan. Using this technique, the breasts will cook completely through in 2-4 minutes per side. Also the reference to "carry-over" cooking means that while the chicken is resting in the foil, the juices will re-distribute and the chicken will continue cooking during that time.
Rating: Unrated
11/28/2007
Hi. I've read the recipe also and found that you use chicken cutlets which are thinner than boneless chicken breast. Also you will have "carry-over" cooking when you take the cutlets out of the pan and cover with foil..
Rating: Unrated
11/28/2007
I can't wait to try this! I have a question though. I've read the recipe 2 or 3 times and it seems the chicken is only cooked 2-4 minutes max (1-2 per side)? Can that be right? Doesn't seem like enough time to cook through. What am I missing? Thanks!