Chicken en Papillote

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

"It was so healthy, clean, and filling, but it took longer than 12 minutes to cook through. I baked them for 24 minutes. "
Chicken en Papillote

Makes: 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 2 1/2-inch-long matchsticks
  • 2 carrots, peeled and cut into 2 1/2-inch-long matchsticks
  • 4 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme, or 1 teaspoon dried
  • Salt & freshly ground pepper to taste


  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.


Per serving: 169 calories; 3 g fat (1 g sat, 1 g mono); 63 mg cholesterol; 10 g carbohydrates; 0 g added sugars; 24 g protein; 2 g fiber; 260 mg sodium; 381 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin A (118% daily value), Selenium (30% dv).

Carbohydrate Servings: 1/2

Exchanges: 2 vegetable, 3 lean meat

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Type of Dish
Main dish, poultry
Ease of Preparation
Total Time
45 minutes or less
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