Friday, September 5, 2014

FFWD ~ Curried Chicken, Peppers, and Peas en Paillote

FFWD ~ Curried Chicken, Peppers and Peas en Papillote
This weeks French Fridays recipe is for Curried Chicken, Peppers and Peas en Papillote. It was straightforward, and easy to put together. 
The cooking method en Papillote means “in parchment”.  It allows the meat or fish to stew in its own juices, along with the seasonings and other ingredients you choose to include. Traditionally, the packets are made with parchment paper however, Dorie suggests, you use aluminum foil to make them. This recipe took about five minutes to put together, and twenty minutes to bake. The results were a moist, wonderful meal with no pots to wash.
When I read the recipe, I remembered Bill is not very fond of curry…should I change the seasoning? I actually thought of substituting the curry with Italian seasonings.  Then I thought "if I just cut the curry it might be fine”...WRONG!! 

Dinner on the table in 30 minutes
This recipe called for a teaspoon of curry.  I knew that would be way over the top for Bill. I decided to cut the amount to about a ¼ teaspoon. First slicing the raw chicken breasts into pieces, mixing them in a bowl with chopped red bell pepper, peas and red onion slices, along with the seasonings. This mixture is then wrapped in foil packets, and placed in a 400º oven for about 20 minutes. 
I loved the ease of this recipe. I immediately thought “why don’t I use this method more often for making dinner”? The packets can be made in advance, and popped in the oven at dinner time. 
I really enjoyed this dish. It looked so appealing with all the specks of green and red, and I thought the curry flavor was very slight.  However, Bill picked up the flavor of curry right away and asked, “what is that odd taste on the chicken”?  He reluctantly ate it, but said it would be much better without the curry!  Hmmm…The recipe is for Curried Chicken etc.  Anyway, Happy Friday everyone!

The recipe can be found in Dorie’s cookbook, “Around My French Table” or here where it has been published.


Chicken, seasonings, peas, red pepper, and onion mixed in bowl
Foil packets ready for the oven
I really love the ease of cooking my dinner in this way
I see this dish being a regular on my menu sans the curry
  

32 comments:

  1. Too funny! Our Bills are so much alike...but I thought mine needed the boost of flavor the curry would have given it.

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  2. That looks both easy and delicious--my favorite kind of recipe!

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  3. Quick to prepare and very delicious and healthy too.

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  4. Ann says Wonderful, John is up here and he is droolling!!!! He loves all the stuff my brother dislikes. There we go! You cook for John LOL xoxoxo

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  5. That's funny Kathy because Jim likes curry and I don't. I decided to cut the recipe in half, I would taste it,
    and he could finish it off. Well, I was really surprised that I actually like it and wanted more. Can't win!
    Yours look fantastic.

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  6. Curse of the Bills... it really did have very little curry.. I had to add more. You'll have to try the fresh thyme like Liz made.

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  7. Dear Kathy, I never had curry until a few years ago. So many flavors I had never tried until now. I always seemed to gravitate to what I was familiar with. Now, I love all of these new flavors. This is a flavorful and easy dish for dinner and like you say, not that much to clean! Blessings dear. Catherine

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  8. I had the same thoughts about this technique. I hope I can make myself remember it again soon. I knew that Howard would balk at the curry flavor, so I used a different seasoning instead. It worked well. This is another one of those recipes where it's just a template for endless variations. You'll be able to create something that Bill will be crazy about next time.

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  9. Kahy, beautiful and colorful presentation of the chicken en papilotte - curry powder or no curry powder, this is a great recipe which leaves a lot of room for interpretation indeed!
    Have a wonderful weekend,
    Andrea

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  10. This looks like a delicious meal and very colorful. We love curry here, so I know we'd enjoy this dish!

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  11. Hi Kathy!
    You can send that portable package of goodness on over to me, Marion would never eat it either:) I've tried cutting down things like curry and rosemary and, well, most herbs and spices when I cook but she always picks it up. What's a girl to do, lol...Dream of getting one of those parcels in the mail I suppose, lol...Thanks so much for sharing, Kathy. I too should use this method more often then I can spice each individually:)

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  12. Hi Kathy! You can't put anything over on him, can you? That is too funny, especially since I thought the teaspoon of curry was so mild we could barely tell it was curry. This is an easy way to get dinner on the table isn't it? Hope you are having a nice end of summer!

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  13. Slowly getting back to reading blogs and am I glad I did. Just put this on the menu for the coming week! Low-carb and packed with flavor. You just made me very happy!

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  14. Such a great looking dish. I will truely have to try and make this one.

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  15. LOL - at least you tried, and Bill did eat it. I agree wuth you in the ni washing up thing - fabulous.

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  16. I'm glad he was willing to finish it! Such a great method, isn't it? I need to remember to do it more often, as well. I love the look of the vegetables you served on the side, especially the corn. I want to get a bit more of that before it's gone.

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  17. What a cool cooking method!!! Brilliant :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  18. I have to say, Kathy, as much as I love curry, I don't like most curry powders either. I prefer to mix my own. maybe you can Bill can create your own signature curry! I think when I make this, I will use herbs (probably tarragon) instead of the curry powder. ~ David

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  19. Oh well, some things you can get away with and some you just can't! It does look like such an easy and delicious way to make dinner!

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  20. It would be so easy to change the seasonings in this dish and still end up with something wonderful. Yours looks delicious even though half of you didn't care for it!

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  21. Damn delicious!
    spicy and heathy dish,
    the photograph really tickle my taste buds....

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  22. Hi Kathy, looks like a great technique for cooking many different foods, your presentation is very nice.

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  23. My Hubs would have been the same way. He is NOT a curry fan. But me - I doubled the curry powder. So colorlful.

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  24. Wow, Bill's taste buds are keen. I made the entire recipe, used one teaspoon of curry powder and didn't feel it was hot enough. I thought it needed additional spicy seasoning. Hmmmmmm Your photos are wonderful, Kathy, and your choices of tomatoes (yours, I assume) and corn on the cob are perfect. I didn't post this week but will do a two-fer next week.

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  25. I love this dish friendly recipe also. Loved that you served it with corn on the cob. Will have to try that next time.

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  26. Busted !! Too funny that Bill was all over that curry. But I do know what how sensitive we are when we don't care for a flavor. I thought there was way more curry aroma than taste and was hoping the neighbors liked curry :) I also had the exact response you did of "why don't I prepare food like this more often". Inspiration as usual from FFWD

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  27. Oops. He definitely caught you out on this one. But I suspect that this recipe would work well with other spices too so now you know to try something more Bill-friendly next time.

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  28. wow! This is definitely worth a try!

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  29. There is no way I could get away with adding most curry powders to my cooking - Joe won't touch anything with cumin in it.
    I like the pairing with the corn - it feels so summery :-)
    P.S. Guess where we are having dinner Friday night? I wonder if our dining companions will be as colorful this time around.

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    1. Lucky you…enjoy! You’ll have to let us know how things go.

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  30. How funny! Sous Chef is not a huge curry fan but is slowly growing to like the complex flavors if I don't tell him it is curry and list the spices instead. Men.

    I loved this method also - wish you were at IFBC this weekend!

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