Weekly Winner: More Wonderfully Beige Food

mustard chickenYou may remember a while back I wrote a post on the glories of beige food – “In Defense of Beige Food” https://donnasquickqi.wordpress.com/2012/09/10/weekly-winner-in-defense-of-beige-food/, well it’s time for an update.  Admittedly, last night’s dinner was not much to look at (as the photo proves) however what it lacked in appearance, it certainly made up for in taste.  It was cozy, satisfying, and had just a hint of Autumn to it with the fresh sage and slight mustard bite.  It definitely proves once again that delicious and soul-satisfying does not need to be fancy or complicated (or even pretty for that matter).

The recipe comes from Eating Well Magazine and the only change I made to it was to swap out the whole-wheat pasta with regular white pasta.  I am not a whole-wheat pasta kind of girl.  If you are (or guy for that matter) fine, go with it, I don’t judge (actually I do just a bit).

Creamy Mustard Chicken

Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 package whole-wheat angel hair pasta (7-8 ounces)
  • 4 thin-sliced chicken breasts or cutlets (about 1 pound)
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper, divided
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 large shallot, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup reduced-fat sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh sage, plus more for garnish

Procedure:

Bring a large saucepan of water to a boil. Add pasta and cook according to package instructions. Drain.

Meanwhile, sprinkle chicken with garlic powder and 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Place flour in a shallow bowl and coat both sides of the chicken, shaking off any excess. Reserve 2 teaspoons flour; discard the rest.

Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook the chicken, turning once, until golden brown and cooked through, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Transfer to a clean plate.

Reduce heat to medium and add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil to the pan. Add shallot and cook, stirring, until beginning to brown, 30 seconds to 1 minute. Add wine and cook, stirring occasionally, for 1 minute. Combine water with the reserved 2 teaspoons flour. Add to the pan and cook, stirring, until thickened, about 1 minute. Remove from the heat; stir in sour cream, mustard, 2 tablespoons sage and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Return the chicken to the pan and turn to coat with the sauce.

Top the pasta with half the sauce, the chicken and then the remaining sauce. Garnish with more sage, if desired.

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