Chicken Peppers and Peas en Papillote: I swapped out some seasonings in this week’s French Friday with Dorie. Instead of the curry that my dear husband dreads, I went the French route.
Chicken Peppers and Peas en Papillote
Our French Fridays recipe this week was not going to fly at Chez Berg. When I spotted the dreaded curry in the recipe title (on Bill’s faux allergy list), I decided to do a little tweaking and created a more mundane Chicken Peppers and Peas en Papillote.
Chicken and Veggie Packets
Have you made anything en papillote? The phrase is French for “in parchment,” and basicially allows the protein source to stew in its own juices. Seasonings and the additional ingredients also impart the all important flavorings. You can use the traditional parchment or, as Dorie instructs in this recipe, aluminum foil to make your packets.
For my take on Dorie’s recipe, pieces of chicken breast, chopped bell peppers, red onion slices and peas plus sweet corn were tossed with olive oil, my Dish D’Lish salt and some fresh thyme. A teaspoon of curry powder and salt and pepper could be swapped out for the seasonings I used. This mixture was then wrapped in foil packets. I also added a layer of parchment between the foil and melange of ingredients.
Baked at 400º for about 20 minutes, this made for a speedy dinner option. The hubby was quite pleased with this meal (“terrific” was his verdict), but I’m thinking the curry would add a nice oomph of flavor…and color! This is one quick and nearly fool-proof recipe. The packets can also be made early in the day and popped in the oven a half hour before you want to serve dinner. You will need to increase your cooking time if you move them from the fridge to the oven. Ideal for a busy family.
This recipe can be found on the Weight Watchers website. Make the version that suits your household’s palates best. And if you’d like to try one of Dorie’s vegetable dishes en papillote, check out this Baby Bok Choy, Sugar Snap Peas and Garlic en Papillote
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