As quickly as I noticed this five-ingredient dinner submitted by a reader named Arielle, I knew precisely why it was a winner.
To start with, look how onerous every ingredient is working to earn its place. The lemon is on double-duty — providing each zest for the tapenade and juice for the spinach. The inexperienced olives instantly dispel any argument towards a rooster breast dinner being flavorless, lending a most quantity of bang-for-the-buck, flavor-wise. (“My husband, who says boneless skinless breasts are boring, actually likes this dinner,” says Arielle.) And through the use of the identical grill pan to prepare dinner each the rooster and the spinach, she’s not solely saving herself a big-ticket merchandise to scrub up, she’s profiting from any rooster bits and fats left within the pan to taste the spinach.
Grilled Chicken Tapenade with Lemony Spinach
Here’s what Arielle does, in her phrases.
1.5 lb of skinny lower boneless-skinless rooster breasts or any rooster breasts, butterflied or pounded very skinny
Kosher salt and freshly floor black pepper*
3-5 tablespoons olive oil*, plus extra as wanted
1 6-ounce can pitted inexperienced olives, drained (I take advantage of the these proven from Trader Joe’s; Castelvetrano olives would work, too, however could be stronger. Really any olive or any mixture of olives would work)
1 clove garlic
2 6-ounce baggage of spinach (I take advantage of Trader Joe’s baggage of natural spinach, however just one suits on my grill pan at a time)
Season the rooster with salt and pepper and drizzle with a tablespoon of olive oil, turning it with a fork to makes certain it’s coated. Heat your grill pan, and brush the pan with olive oil so it doesn’t stick. (You can completely do that on the true grill outdoors, however then you definitely gained’t get to make use of the rooster fats to taste the spinach.)
While the grill pan is heating up, mash the olives with a fork in a bowl (or use a meals processor however I’m all about fewer dishes for easy weeknight meals!). Zest the lemon and the garlic on microplane proper into identical bowl. Mix within the juice from 1/2 the lemon, one other tablespoon of olive oil, salt, and pepper.
Once pan is sizzling, prepare dinner the rooster so that you get good grill marks, two or three minutes on either side. Remove rooster and put aside.
Add the spinach to the grill pan (or half the spinach if it’s a must to do in shifts) and blend round whereas it wilts down. Add salt and pepper and extra olive oil if it’s sticking. Add a squeeze of lemon juice from the remaining lemon half. If there are little chicken-y bits on the pan combine these in, too. (Repeat with no matter spinach is remaining.)
Add a pile of spinach to every serving, then high with the rooster and tapenade.
* We aren’t counting olive oil, salt or pepper as components within the five-ingredient sequence.
P.S. More five-ingredient dinners, together with Alex’s 10-minute salmon sandwich.