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Quick Chicken Sauté with Walnuts, Curly Endive & Orange Pan Sauce

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Serves 2

This quick dinner for two is a one-pan wonder with hearty curly endive and golden chunks of sautéed chicken, finished in a simple but bright orange sauce.

  • 2 medium-size boneless, skinless chicken breast halves (12 oz. total), cut into 3/4-inch chunks
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 Tbs. plus 1 tsp. olive oil
  • 6 oz. curly endive (curly chicory), washed, dried, and chopped into 2-inch pieces (about 6 cups, loosely packed).
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 tsp. coriander seed, crushed
  • 1/4 cup water or homemade or low-salt canned chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup orange juice, preferably freshly squeezed
  • 1 Tbs. good-quality white-wine vinegar
  • 1 Tbs. unsalted butter
  • 2 Tbs. minced fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 2 Tbs. coarsely chopped toasted walnuts

Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Heat 1 Tbs. of the oil in a medium sauté pan over medium-high heat. Add the endive and cook, stirring frequently, until deep green but still crisp-tender, about 90 seconds. Transfer to a medium bowl.

Heat another 1 Tbs. oil in the pan and add the chicken. When the underside of the chicken has turned deep golden brown (after about 1 minute), turn it with a metal spatula. Turn occasionally for even browning until almost cooked through, 3 to 5 minutes, and transfer to the bowl of endive.

Reduce the heat to medium, heat the remaining 1 tsp. oil in the pan, and then add the garlic and crushed coriander. Cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the water or broth, orange juice, and vinegar. Use a wooden spoon to scrape up any browned bits in the pan and blend them into the sauce. Simmer vigorously until the sauce has reduced and thickened slightly, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the butter, stirring until blended. Stir in the chicken and endive along with any juices, season with salt and pepper to taste, and serve sprinkled with the parsley and walnuts.

Serving Suggestions

This sauté is delicious with mashed sweet potatoes or basmati rice.

nutrition information (per serving):
Calories (kcal): 470; Fat (g): 30; Fat Calories (kcal): 270; Saturated Fat (g): 7; Protein (g): 37; Monounsaturated Fat (g): 16; Carbohydrates (g): 13; Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 5; Sodium (mg): 570; Cholesterol (mg): 110; Fiber (g): 3;

Photo: Scott Phillips

very good however, I nixed the walnuts and endives and substituted - coating the chicken with a mixture of tumeric and sea salt with a light coating of black sesame seeds... for the endives I used kale (yea I know)... I really dislike walnuts and think roasted cashues in a butter satee would have been fantastic. I think the orange really kicked it up with the citrus tang, and a further reduction on my part would have been most excellent. very good!

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