Quick-cooking chicken tenders are perfect for a busy night in between the holidays. Served on a bed of spinach and rice, this chicken is ideal for those who prefer dishes that aren't packed with potent flavors and exotic ingredients.
A simple pan sauce with olives, wine, and raisins is poured over the poultry. To make this dish more festive, consider using dried cranberries instead of raisins. Learn the procedure when you
1 cup long-grain white rice
Coarse salt and ground pepper
1 bunch flat-leaf spinach (1 pound), thick stems removed, leaves washed well and coarsely chopped
1 tablespoon olive oil
8 chicken culets (about 1 1/2 pounds total)
1/3 cup dry white wine
1/4 cup pitted Kalamata olives, slivered
1/4 cup golden raisins
- In a medium saucepan, bring 1 3/4 cups water to a boil. Add rice, season with salt, and return to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, cover, and cook just until tender, 16 to 18 minutes.
- Remove pan from heat; add spinach, cover, and let stand, without stirring, for 5 minutes. Using a fork, fluff rice and mix in spinach.
- While rice is cooking, heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high. Season chicken with salt and pepper. Cook in two batches, until browned outside and opaque throughout, 1 to 2 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate (reserve skillet); cover with aluminum foil to keep warm.
- Add wine, olives, and raisins to skillet. Cook over medium-high until wine is almost evaporated, 1 to 2 minutes. Add 1/2 cup water; cook until sauce is reduced by half, 2 to 3 minutes. Serve chicken over spinach rice, and top with sauce.
- Poultry, Main Dishes