A savory mustard coating keeps the chicken moist; threads of carrot and leek add color. Make it a meal: Garlic-Rosemary Mushrooms and Herbed Whole-Wheat Couscous are nice accompaniments.

Susanne A. Davis
Source: EatingWell Magazine, March/April 1993


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Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Prepare 4 pieces of parchment paper or foil for papillotes (see Tip).

  • Open the papillotes and place a chicken breast in the center on 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.

  • Bake until the packages are puffed, 10 to 12 minutes. (You may want to open one package to check that the chicken is no longer pink inside.) Transfer the packages to individual plates; let each diner open his or her own package.


To prepare a papillote: Cut a piece of parchment paper or foil about 12 inches by 16 inches. Fold in half an 8-by-12-inch rectangle, then cut into a half-heart shape as you would a Valentine.

Nutrition Facts

169 calories; protein 24.2g 48% DV; carbohydrates 10.3g 3% DV; exchange other carbs 0.5; dietary fiber 2g 8% DV; sugars 3.6g; fat 3.2g 5% DV; saturated fat 0.8g 4% DV; cholesterol 62.7mg 21% DV; vitamin a iu 5892IU 118% DV; vitamin c 8.6mg 14% DV; folate 37.6mcg 9% DV; calcium 54.7mg 6% DV; iron 2.1mg 11% DV; magnesium 38.9mg 14% DV; potassium 381.5mg 11% DV; sodium 259.6mg 10% DV; thiamin 0.1mg 10% DV.

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Rating: 2 stars
10 to 12 minutes? This recipe says cook the chicken at 400 for 12 minutes. At that heat the chicken was raw by the time it was done cooking. I ended up having to cook them for 40 minutes to achieve any sort of doneness. Not sure if they skipped steps on the recipe or what. Pros: Delicious ingredients Cons: Completely inaccurate timing Read More
Rating: 5 stars
this recipe was easy and delicous. I would say it takes 25 minutes to cook. make sure to use the tenderloine pieces as a whole breast might not cook fast. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
easy and delicious. i added potatoes to the packets. veggies were crisp tender. dish was visually appealling also Read More