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4.9.14

Curried Chicken, Peppers and Peas en Papillote #Foodie Friday #French Fridays with Dorie

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Back from vacation, kids back to school... slowly getting back into my regular blogging schedule...

I have never been a fan of papillote cooking, pouch cooking. I usually find that flavors don't intensify enough by steaming. I did make a mild fish dish that had a very delicate herb seasoning that worked really well with this technique, but in general I have not had much success with this type of cooking. 



Curried Chicken, Peppers and Peas en Papillote is not a delicate dish, so I was skeptical about pouch cooking it. I made it on the first day my kids returned to their fencing class. They both wanted to eat dinner before the class instead of afterward. Having individual pouches ready to throw into the oven was really convenient; especially because my husband I wanted to eat later.


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Dorie mentions in the recipe how elegant the pouches look when you serve them to guests. This is true, also and the colors are very vibrant. For company the pouches are great because you can prepare them hours before guests arrive. 


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My family's only complaints about the original recipe is that there wasn't enough curry powder in it, and it needed a little bit of cayenne to add some heat to the dish. I also don't like using half of vegetables, so I adjusted that also. After our tweeks to the recipe Curried Chicken Peppers and Peas en Papillote turned out to be a very versatile and convenient dish. I served it with Brown Jasmine Rice. We have a rice cooker that keeps it warm, so our meal was ready to eat any time we wanted it. 


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Chicken Peppers and Peas en Papillote

by Diane Balch
simplelivingeating.com

adapted from Dorie Greenspans's Chicken Peppers and Peas en Papillote from Around My French Table

preparation: 15 minutes                                            serves 4


Ingredients:

1.5 pounds of skinless, boneless chicken breast halved and sliced into strips
1 small red onion, halved and cut into thin slices
1 red bell pepper diced
1 cup of frozen peas
2 tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon of curry powder
1/4 or less teaspoon of cayenne pepper
salt and pepper 


Directions:

1)Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees. Put the rack in the middle.

2) Chop vegetables first and place them in a large bowl. Top them with the chicken.

3) Whisk the oil, curry powder, cayenne, salt and pepper together. Pour over the chicken.

4) Mix the chicken with the vegetables.

5) Equally separate the mixture into four 12 inch squares of heavy duty aluminum foil. Seal the packets wel,l but do not fold the foil up close to the chicken. You want to leave space for steaming.

6) Put packets on a baking dish and cook for 20 minutes.

Serve immediately on top of rice or with boiled potatoes. 



Note: As a member of French Friday's with Dorie I am not allowed to print the recipe. I invite you to take a look at this wonderful cookbook "Around My French Table" if you are interested in this or any other recipe I review. 



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52 comments:

  1. Very pretty chicken dish. I've never been a fan of papillote cooking either for the same reasons you describe. However, it is very healthy and I think I would really like this. Thanks for hosting and I hope you have a lovely weekend.
    Sam

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    1. Diane,
      I forgot to add that I really appreciate your email about Foodie Friday going live.
      Sam

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    2. You are very welcome... yes, this was a tasty steamed dish... and you are right it is healthy, low in calories and fat.

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  2. thanks so much for featuring my salmon and for hosting! have a great weekend!

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    1. You are welcome Erica... great recipe. Will be tweeting it too.

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  3. Hi Diane,
    Glad to have you back from vacation! You made this chicken dish look really good. Have a great weekend and thanks so much for the party!
    Miz Helen

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    1. Thanks Miz Helen,
      Having trouble getting back fulling into the swing of things... but by next week...

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  4. Thanks so much for hosting! :) Have a great weekend!

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    1. Thanks for coming by... you have very fun recipes on your blog this week.

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  5. I love pouch cooking, but have only ever done it while camping. I think I may need to do it more frequently at home. This looks beautifully done.

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    1. Yes, camping... I've made omelets and stew... I forgot about that.

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  6. Diane,
    Hope you had a great vacation. Thanks for hosting the party.
    Annamaria

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    1. Thanks Annamaria... so much laundry still to do... LOL. Had a great time.

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  7. Such a great dish, Diane - versatile, convenient and, as you say, elegant, too! Wonderful features today as well. Thanks so much for hosting :)

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    1. I was really surprised at how much I liked this dish too. I hope you get a chance to try it.

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  8. Thanks so much for hosting Diane...those features look amazing! Have a great weekend! :)

    Sandi @ A New York Foodie

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    1. Thanks Sandi,
      The weather is still so summery and nice here in NY... hard to get into the Fall mode.

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  9. Oh yum Diane. You chicken dish sounds great. Thanks for hosting another fun party!

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  10. This sounds so yummy and easy! I can't wait to try it. :)

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  11. Hello cute lady! I love stopping by your party each week. Thanks for hosting. I hope you get a chance to come to our party. We would love to see what you have been working on. http://loulougirls.blogspot.com
    Happy Friday! Lou Lou Girls

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  12. You are SO right about this needing a boost of flavor...Bill thought it was fine, but I think I'd like it better with curry and a bit of cayenne, too.

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    1. I feel for you Liz... it was definitely Midwestern spice level... not enough for me either.

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  13. Diane you are so right, I am not use to curry at all, and I was really surprised by the flavor. It's not that we don't do "hot", we love spices, this is just a different taste. This was such an easy meal, and we loved it/

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    1. Glad you tried something different. My new thing is paprika. I never knew there are so many types with really different tastes.

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  14. Welcome home, Diane!! I love cooking en Papillote! An easy delicious way to put dinner on the table quickly! I also thought it could use a boost of flavor, I bet the cayenne added the boost it needed! Yours looks wonderful!
    Happy weekend!

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    1. Thanks Kathy... still trying to get used to the school year busy schedule... too quick of a change.

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  15. I agree with you that this recipe has a lot going for it. I hope I remember to make this again, or at least use the technique. It was really quick and easy. Hope your vacation hasn't worn off yet. Have a great weekend!

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  16. Diane, hope you had a wonderful vacation/time off - your chicken en papilotte looks very moist and colorful - a nice technique for cooking healthy indeed.

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  17. Wonderful colors in those parcels! Totally fabulous way to cook meat or seafood! I am so going to add coconut cream to the curry mix next time!

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  18. Sounds like this was the perfect dish for a busy night with the family! I agree with your assessment, more curry and some heat would have helped.

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  19. HI Diane, I have only used this method once before and we did enjoy our meal. Love your presentation.

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  20. Happy Foodie Friday ! Love the top 3 post you recommending. Hope you're going to have a fabulous weekend dear.
    Blessings, Kristy

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    1. Thanks Kristy,
      I'm glad you made it to the party.

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  21. I got a rice cooker this year and am loving it. I know rice isn't hard to cook, but it really does make excellent rice and it's just so convenient. I'm with you, I usually find cooking en papillote pretty boring, but I loved the flavor of this chicken.

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  22. I like cooking en papillote, as long as I remember to open it up near the end. This time I didn't, but I still liked the results. It's great that you were able to use this recipe to good effect on a busy day and I'm glad it went over well, too.

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  23. Years ago we were big into cooking salmon en papillote. Funny that I never thought to make chicken this way!
    Thank you for the party, Diane! I brought the beer lol!

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  24. Vibrant is the perfect description for the colors in this dish. Pouch cooking is so fun and NO CLEANUP!!!

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  25. I must agree with your kids, Diane. I thought this was wonderfully easy and very delicious but its flavoring could have been kicked up a notch or two. How about a squirt or two of Sriracha in each packet? I haven't posted yet but that is really my only complaint about this week's recipe. Nice job and I know it's great to be able to feed the same meal to your family no matter when they eat.

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    1. I think the mildness has something to do with the French not liking spicy food. I just read that they don't like spice because it doesn't go with wine... makes sense to me. I think of beer and spirits with spicy food.

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  26. I added more curry than the recipe called for and it probably could have used a little more. I like this cooking technique because it is dish friendly. We also have a nice rice cooker with a timer so dinner is ready when we need it. Love it, best kitchen gadget.

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    1. Agreed, I have few kitchen gadgets but I use my rice cooker several times a week. I make all grains in it. I consider it the crockpot of grain cooking. Rice/etc. is warm and cooked whenever you need it.

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  27. I did enjoy the ease of prep and quick timing of the recipe but am looking forward to playing around with what I put in those little pouches in the future. I was very happy that it was a nice and healthy meal, even if not as flavorful as we anticipated.

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  28. I'll be playing with this one as well because I have a soft spot for any recipe which could work as a weeknight meal. I liked the curry, but I'm guessing that my spice rack has a few other options which would work as well.

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  29. I think I still prefer fish in a packet vs. other foods, but it does make getting dinner on the table an easy task.

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  30. Delicious diane, thanks for sharing with hearth and Soul blog hop pinning.

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  31. Thanks for linking, Diane! I'm still wondering why I've never thought about using this cooking method for prep-ahead quick dinners.

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  32. Looks so good! Pinned. We appre­ci­ate you being a part of our party. I hope to see you tonight at 7 pm. We love to party with you! http://loulougirls.blogspot.com
    Happy Mon­day! Lou Lou Girls

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  33. This looks wonderful, Diane! I often cook fish en papillote but have not made chicken this way in ages. Thank you for reminding me and for sharing this great recipe!

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  34. Hi Diane,
    I wish I had one of your little Papillote's for lunch! Thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with Full Plate Thursday. Have a great week and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

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  35. Look yummy!! I love the individual servings!. Thanks for stopping by Let's Get Real this week!! Be sure to come again!

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