Chicken en Papillote

Chicken en Papillote

2 Reviews
From the EatingWell Kitchen

Steaming “en papillote” ensures that none of the nutrients are lost during the cooking process.

Ingredients 4 servings

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  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 1 pound total), trimmed
  • 4 teaspoons grainy mustard
  • 2 leeks, trimmed, cleaned and cut into 2½-inch-long matchsticks
  • 2 carrots, peeled and cut into 2½-inch-long matchsticks
  • 4 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme, or 1 teaspoon dried
  • Salt & freshly ground pepper to taste


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  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Cut 4 pieces of parchment paper or foil 12 inches by 16 inches. Fold in half to form an 8-by-12-inch rectangle, then cut into a half-heart shape as you would a valentine.
  2. Place a chicken breast in the center of one half of each opened paper heart. Spread mustard evenly over chicken breasts. Distribute leeks, carrots and thyme over the chicken. Season with salt and pepper. Seal the packages and place them on a baking sheet.
  3. Bake until the packages are puffed, 10 to 12 minutes. (Open one package to check that the chicken is no longer pink inside.) Transfer to individual plates and let diners open their own packages.

Nutrition information

  • Per serving: 169 calories; 3 g fat(1 g sat); 2 g fiber; 10 g carbohydrates; 24 g protein; 38 mcg folate; 63 mg cholesterol; 4 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 5,892 IU vitamin A; 9 mg vitamin C; 55 mg calcium; 2 mg iron; 260 mg sodium; 382 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin A (118% daily value)
  • Carbohydrate Servings: ½
  • Exchanges: 2 vegetable, 3 lean meat

Reviews 2

December 18, 2009
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By: EatingWell User
It was so healthy, clean, and filling, but it took longer than 12 minutes to cook through. I baked them for 24 minutes.
December 16, 2009
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By: EatingWell User
This was really simple to make and tasted great. I made it for my husband and brother-in-law.. they both raved about how great it tasted and the presentation was nice as well. I forgot to add thyme and this still turned out wonderfully, although on next time I will add it.
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