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Gluten Free

Seared Chicken Breasts with Walnut Beurre Blanc

Leek Rondelles & Root Vegetables

Cooking time

30 minutes

Servings

2/4

Calories

690 /serving

This recipe brims with the staples of French cuisine as well as the best of seasonal produce. We liberally season plump chicken breasts with herbes de Provence before pan roasting the poultry with leek rounds until both are beautifully browned. They’re served over a creamy rutabaga mash alongside roasted carrots and parsnips. We elevate a beurre blanc by incorporating toasted walnuts for an added nutty, earthy flavour; gently spoon the sauce over the finished chicken and root vegetables to create a local meal with French flair.

We will send you:

  • 2 Chicken breasts
  • 1 Bunch of parsley
  • 200g Nantes carrots
  • 1 Leek
  • 90g Parsnips
  • 450g Rutabaga
  • 15ml White wine vinegar
  • 25g Walnuts
  • 6g Herbes de Provence (basil, marjoram, thyme, parsley, rosemary, fennel, mint, kosher salt)

You will need:

Medium pot
2 Large pans
Strainer
Peeler
Oil
3(6) tbsp Butter
Salt & pepper
Total Fat
37 g
Saturated Fat
14 g
Sodium
570 mg
Total Carbs
46 g
Sugars
19 g
Protein
46 g
Fibres
11 g
Preparation
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Make the mash
Bring a medium pot of salted water to a boil. Peel and medium dice the rutabaga. Add the rutabaga to the pot of boiling water. Cook, 17 to 20 minutes, until very tender when pierced with a fork. Reserving 1 cup of cooking liquid (double for 4 portions), drain thoroughly and return to the pot. Off the heat, add 1 tbsp of butter (double for 4 portions). Using a fork or a potato masher, mash the rutabaga, gradually adding the reserved cooking liquid until it reaches your desired consistency; season with ⅓ of the herbes de Provence and S&P to taste. Cover and set aside in a warm spot.
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Mise en place
While the mash cooks, cut the leek into 1-inch-thick rounds. Peel the carrots and parsnips; halve lengthwise, cut into 2-inch-long pieces on an angle and combine in a bowl. Roughly chop the parsley leaves and stems.
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Cook the chicken & leeks
In a large pan, heat a drizzle of oil on medium-high. Pat the chicken dry with paper towel; season with ½ the remaining herbes de Provence and S&P. Add the chicken* to the pan and cook, partially covered, 7 to 10 minutes on one side. Flip the chicken; add the leeks. Cook, flipping the leeks halfway through, 7 to 10 minutes, until the chicken is cooked through and leeks have browned. Transfer the chicken and leeks to a cutting board and let rest for at least 5 minutes before thinly slicing against the grain. Wipe out and reserve the pan.
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Cook vegetables
While the chicken and leeks cook, in a second large pan, heat a drizzle of oil on medium-high. Add the carrots, parsnips and 2 tbsp of water (double for 4 portions); season with S&P to taste. Cook, stirring frequently, 7 to 10 minutes, until the vegetables have browned and softened; season with the remaining herbes de Provence and S&P. Add ½ the parsley; toss to combine.
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Make the walnut beurre blanc
Heat the dry, reserved pan on medium. Add the walnuts and toast, stirring frequently, 2 to 3 minutes, until fragrant. Add the vinegar and cook, stirring frequently 1 to 2 minutes, until slightly reduced. Whisking constantly, add 2 tbsp of butter and 3 tbsp of water (double both for 4 portions) until the butter is incorporated. Cook, whisking constantly, 2 to 3 minutes, until thickened; season with S&P to taste.
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Plate your dish
Divide the rutabaga mash between your plates. Top with the chicken, leeks and vegetables. Spoon as much of the walnut beurre blanc over the chicken and vegetables as you’d like. Garnish with the remaining parsley. Bon appétit!

*Health Canada recommends cooking poultry to a minimum internal temperature of 74°C.