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sunday night chicken.

Y’all. It’s COLD. Like bone-chilling, brutal, don’t-want-to-leave-the-house cold. Not sure about you guys, but we’ve been staying in lately and whipping up comfort food at home.

The original name of this dish is Paprika Chicken + Spinach in White Wine Butter Thyme Sauce. Long/complicated name…but it’s stupid easy to make and – if we do say so ourselves – delicious. We made this Sunday night and immediately proclaimed it the perfect Sunday Night Chicken. This recipe is adapted from one we found at The Kitchen Paper, one of our favorite food blogs. The author, Mary, focuses on real, accessible whole foods recipes. You’ll love it!

Sunday Night Chicken
photo: The Kitchen Paper…but we swear, ours looked exactly like this.

Sunday Night Chicken

Prep Time: 5 minutes  / Cook Time: 30 minutes / Total Time: 35 minutes

Original Recipe: The Kitchen Paper / Adapted by The Glitter Life

What You Need:

  • 4 chicken tenderloins (or 2 chicken breasts, halved)
  • generous shaking of paprika (probably 2-3 tsp)
  • freshly ground sea salt and pepper, to taste
  • 5 tbsp butter, divided
  • 6 cloves garlic (you can use fewer if you want…we just really, really really love garlic)
  • 1/4 cup fresh thyme leaves (just snip the sprigs up, leaves and all), plus a few whole sprigs
  • 1 cup dry white wine, plus more (we used sauvignon blanc, but you can use whatever varietal you like)
  • 3 cups fresh spinach

What You Do:

  • Place the chicken on a plate and sprinkle with paprika, sea salt and pepper. Get your hands dirty and really work the spices into both sides of the chicken. Don’t skip the paprika – this is what gives the chicken its beautiful golden color.
  • Melt 1 tbsp of butter in a large skillet (make sure the sides are at least half an inch tall). Brown the chicken on the first side for three minutes. We used our oven timer, because we are easily distracted. Lower the heat, flip the chicken, and brown for an additional three minutes.
  • Add the remaining four tbsp of butter, the garlic and the thyme (leaves plus whole sprigs). Cook for two minutes more, pushing the garlic and thyme around. This is when your kitchen starts smelling REALLY good.
  • Add 1 cup of wine and bring the skillet to a gentle simmer. Cover and let it cook for about twenty minutes. You may have to add wine as the original one cup reduces. We added another half cup about ten minutes in.
  • Add the fresh spinach to the skillet and let it wilt fully.
  • Plate the chicken and spinach, and spoon the wine sauce over the top. We served this with Balsamic Parmesan Cauliflower (recipe coming soon!) and a simple salad of yellow cherry tomatoes and feta. Heaven.

This is comfort food fit for Sunday night, but we also think it would impress at a dinner party. Try it and instagram your pics @glitter_blog_xo.

 

 

 

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garlic shrimp and catalan spinach.

We love introducing you to easy weeknight meals. This Spanish-inspired menu from a recent Wall Street Journal fits all our criteria: fresh ingredients, easy preparation, and full of flavor. Pour yourself a glass of red wine and start cooking!

Garlic Shrimp and Catalan Spinach adapted from Slow Food Fast featuring Chef Jose Andres, as seen in the Wall Street Journal

What You Need:

  • 6 tablespoons olive oil, plus extra for brushing bread
  • 1 Golden Delicious apple, cut into 1/4 inch dice
  • 4 tablespoons pine nuts
  • 4 tablespoons golden raisins
  • 10 ounces fresh spinach
  • sea salt, to taste
  • 4 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 5 chiles de arbol, crumbled (found in the ethnic foods section of your grocery store)
  • 1 lb shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • juice of one lemon, plus wedges for serving
  • 4 slices country bread, 3/4 in thick

What You Do:

  • Preheat broiler. Add two tablespoons oil to a large saute pan over medium-high heat. Once hot, add apples and cook until caramelized on all sides, about 3 minutes. You need to keep stirring to prevent burning!
  • Add pine nuts and stir until lightly toasted, about 30 seconds. Add raisins and continue stirring until heated through, about 30 seconds.
  • Add spinach and toss until just wilted, 1-2 minutes. Remove pan from heat and season with sea salt.
  • Set a new large saute pan over medium heat (or remove spinach mixture to serving dish and keep warm, and use pan for this step) and add 1/4 cup olive oil. Add garlic and cook until it sizzles, about 3o seconds. Add chiles and cook 1 minute, making sure garlic doesn’t burn.
  • Add shrimp to pan and cook until they start to color. Add lemon juice to pan. Flip shrimp and cook until they curl, about 1 minute more. DO NOT OVERCOOK! Remove from pan.
  • While shrimp are cooking, brush bread with oil and pace slices under broiler. Toast both sides until golden, about 1 minute per side. I am a notorious bread burner, and true to form, I scorched our bread.
  • Serve shrimp and spinach with toasted bread and a lemon wedge.
Golden Delicious
be sure to leave the peel on your Golden Delicious apple.
Spinach
spinach + pine nuts + garlic
Chiles de Arbol
i doubted that you could “crumble” a chile, per the recipe…but turns out, you can.
Spinach Mixture
spinach + pine nuts + raisins typifies Catalonian cuisine.
Sizzling Shrimp
sizzling garlic shrimp, or gambas al ajillo.
Shrimp + Spinach
a plate full of color and flavor.
Finished Plate
joe loved the spicy shrimp, and baby joe gobbled up the spinach, raisins and pine nuts.

This is quick, action-packed cooking. Prep all your ingredients (chop the apple and garlic, crumble the chile) before you begin the recipe. Joe and I had fun with this!

What’s your favorite thirty minute meal? Tweet or Instagram us at @glitter_blog_xo.

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