Creamy Mustard Chicken

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What sets this dish apart is its delectable mustard sauce, crafted with a hint of tarragon and shallots, providing a depth of flavor that beautifully complements the succulent chicken. It's a simple yet sophisticated dish that's sure to impress.

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Creamy Mustard Chicken

Creamy Mustard Chicken is an easy to make dish that combines tender chicken breasts with a rich, tangy mustard sauce. This recipe offers a beautiful balance of flavors, making it a perfect choice for both weeknight dinners and special occasions.
This dish draws inspiration from French cuisine, known for its masterful use of mustard and cream in cooking to create rich, flavorful sauces.
For a rich and flavorful dish like creamy mustard chicken, consider these side dish suggestions to complement its taste and texture:
- Mashed Potatoes: Creamy and smooth mashed potatoes can absorb the sauce beautifully and balance the robust flavors of the mustard.
- Steamed Green Beans: A lighter, crisp side that adds freshness and color to your plate without overpowering the main dish.
- Roasted Carrots: Sweet, tender roasted carrots with a hint of thyme or rosemary offer a subtle sweetness that pairs well with the tangy mustard sauce.
- Sautéed Spinach: Quick and easy to prepare, spinach sautéed with garlic adds a healthy and flavorful green element to your meal.
- Couscous or Quinoa: These grains make for a light and fluffy base, perfect for soaking up extra sauce without competing with the chicken's flavor.
- Rice Pilaf: A fragrant and slightly nutty rice pilaf can complement the creamy sauce and make the meal more filling.
- Asparagus Spears: Roasted or grilled asparagus, with a touch of olive oil and lemon, adds a bit of crunch and zest to balance the creamy sauce.
- Warm Baguette: Simply serving a warm, crusty baguette on the side can be perfect for sopping up the delicious mustard sauce.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Cuisine French
Servings 4

Equipment

  • large skillet

Ingredients
  

  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 shallot (finely chopped)
  • ½ cup white wine (120 ml)
  • 1 cup heavy cream (250 ml)
  • 2 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp tarragon (fresh -chopped or 1 tsp dried tarragon)
  • Salt and pepper (to taste)

Instructions
 

  • Preparation: Dice the chicken breasts into small cubes. Season both sides with salt and pepper. Peel and chop the shallot.
  • Sauté Shallots: Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat and add the chopped shallot to the skillet and sauté for 2-3 minutes, or until it becomes translucent and fragrant.
  • Cook the chicken: Add the chicken breasts and cook for 5-7 minutes until golden brown and cooked through.
  • Deglaze: Pour the white wine into the skillet, using a wooden spoon to scrape up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Allow the wine to simmer and reduce by half, about 3-4 minutes.
  • Create Mustard Sauce: Stir in the heavy cream and Dijon mustard. Bring the mixture to a simmer and let it cook for about 5 minutes, or until the sauce begins to thicken.
  • Add Tarragon: Mix in the tarragon, then taste and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper as needed.
  • Serve: Serve the creamy mustard chicken hot, garnished with extra chopped tarragon if desired.

Notes

  • Low-Fat Option: For a lighter version of the sauce, you can substitute the heavy cream with a mixture of half-and-half and a teaspoon of cornstarch to maintain thickness.
  • Mustard Variations: Experiment with adding a teaspoon of whole grain mustard to the sauce for extra texture and flavor depth.
  • Mustard Choice: Dijon mustard is recommended for its smooth texture and sharp, tangy taste, which perfectly balances the richness of the heavy cream.
Keyword Chicken, Creamy mustard sauce, Quick and Easy

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