This is one of those dinners that makes itself which is appropriate in an age when people feel no obligation to be in the kitchen and yet overwhelmed with guilt for not making a home cooked meal.
There are plenty of times I want to be in the kitchen all night long as this is my idea of relaxing, but I know that is not the case for many people, which is why dinners like this one are so great.
It has an air of luxury about it so is even something that can be made for a last-minute dinner party.
Anyway, here is another dish from the Crappy Kitchen that requires about 10 minutes on your part: so go ahead, be a little crazy and make dinner tonight!
You will need:
3 to 4 tbs olive oil
freshly ground black pepper to season chicken
2 lbs chicken breasts, thinly sliced in cross sections making the breast the same size only thinner. (If you cannot buy them already like this, then just slice each breast into very thick slices)
4 tbs capers, including juice (do not rinse)
1 tbs caper brine (the liquid from the caper jar)
3 bay leaves
1 sprig of fresh rosemary (use two if they are short sprigs)
1 1/2 cups heavy cream
8 to 10 cups fresh spinach, roughly chopped
1 – Season chicken with a general grind of black pepper. Put big saute pan or casserole pot on high heat and add 2 tablespoons of the oil. When it is hot add the chicken in an even layer and sear on both side transferring to a plate as you go. You will have to work in batches and add more oil as needed.
2 – Turn heat down to low/medium and add the capers. Cook for 1 minutes, stirring frequently, then add the rosemary and bay leaves. Cook for another minute or two.
3 – Add the cream and turn heat up to medium and bring the cream to a low boil.
4 – Return the chicken to the pan and bring back to a low boil. Turn heat off.
5 – Place lid on pan or casserole and put the dish in the oven for about 35 minutes or until chicken is tender.
6 – Remove from oven and add the chopped spinach. Return to the oven for 5 more minutes, allowing the spinach to wilt. Remove from oven and give everything a gentle stir. If your sauce is very thick you may thin it out by adding more cream.
Serve with basmati rice or boiled baby potatoes.