Lemon-Braised Chicken Tenders and Cauliflower

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Makes:
4 servings
Prep:
20 mins
Cook:
10 mins
Bake:
10 mins 375°F
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Lemon-Braised Chicken Tenders and Cauliflower

Ingredients
2
tablespoons olive oil
1
pound frozen chicken breast tenderloins* (about 8 to 10 pieces)
1
1/2
cauliflower, cut into florets (about 2 cups)
5
cloves garlic, slivered
1
teaspoon snipped fresh thyme
1/4
teaspoon salt
1/4
teaspoon cracked black pepper
1/4
cup lemon juice
3/4
cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
2
cups packaged fresh baby spinach
1/4
cup bias-sliced green onion
1/3
cup pimiento-stuffed green olives, coarsely chopped
1/4
cup pitted dates, coarsely chpped
1/4
cup pistachio nuts, coarsely chopped
 
cooked brown rice (optional)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. In a Dutch oven, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add frozen chicken tenders. Cook 3 to 4 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Transfer to plate.
  2. To the same Dutch oven add onion and cauliflower. Cook 2 minutes until lightly browned. Add garlic, thyme, salt, and pepper; cook 30 seconds more. Add lemon juice. Stir, scraping up brown bit in bottom of pan. Add chicken broth and lemon peel. Bring to boiling; cover and transfer to oven.
  3. Bake 10 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink (170 degrees F). Add spinach and green onion; cover and let stand 2 minutes to slightly wilt spinach.
  4. In a small bowl combine olives, dates, and pistachios. Spoon chicken mixture over cooked rice, if desired. Top with olive mixture and additional lemon peel, if desired.

From the Test Kitchen

Fresh or Thawed Chicken

Brown chicken but don't return to the Dutch oven in step 2. Proceed as above, baking 10 to 12 minutes. Return chicken to the Dutch oven when you add the spinach and green onion.

Nutrition Facts

(Lemon-Braised Chicken Tenders and Cauliflower)
    Per serving:
  • 321 kcal cal.,
  • 15 g fat
  • (2 g sat. fat,
  • 2 g polyunsaturated fat,
  • 9 g monounsatured fat),
  • 73 mg chol.,
  • 585 mg sodium,
  • 19 g carb.,
  • 4 g fiber,
  • 10 g sugar,
  • 29 g pro.
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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