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 arduous 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 in opposition to a hen breast dinner being flavorless, lending a most quantity of bang-for-the-buck, flavor-wise. (“My husband, who says boneless skinless breasts are boring, truly likes this dinner,” says Arielle.) And through the use of the identical grill pan to cook dinner each the hen and the spinach, she’s not solely saving herself a big-ticket merchandise to scrub up, she’s profiting from any hen bits and fats left within the pan to taste the spinach.
Grilled Rooster Tapenade with Lemony Spinach
Right here’s what Arielle does, in her phrases.
1.5 lb of skinny reduce boneless-skinless hen breasts or any hen 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 exploit the these proven from Dealer Joe’s; Castelvetrano olives would work, too, however could be stronger. Actually any olive or any mixture of olives would work)
1 clove garlic
2 6-ounce baggage of spinach (I exploit Dealer Joe’s baggage of natural spinach, however just one matches on my grill pan at a time)
Season the hen with salt and pepper and drizzle with a tablespoon of olive oil, turning it with a fork to makes positive it’s coated. Warmth your grill pan, and brush the pan with olive oil so it doesn’t stick. (You’ll be able to completely do that on the true grill exterior, however you then received’t get to make use of the hen fats to taste the spinach.)
Whereas 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 similar bowl. Combine within the juice from 1/2 the lemon, one other tablespoon of olive oil, salt, and pepper.
As soon as pan is sizzling, cook dinner the hen so that you get good grill marks, two or three minutes on all sides. Take away hen and put aside.
Add the spinach to the grill pan (or half the spinach if you must 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 hen and tapenade.
* We aren’t counting olive oil, salt or pepper as substances within the five-ingredient series.