​Dijon Chicken, Broccolini and Kale Orecchiete

The French have some of the most delicious food in the world, albeit some of the most unhealthy too.  Take any food, drown it in butter or cream and hey presto! you’ve got yourself French food.  So why wouldn’t a French inspired Italian pasta be delicious? It would, so here it is.

All you will need for this dish is a jar of Dijon mustard, one large onion, 6 cloves of garlic, two chicken breasts, a bottle of nice white wine, broccolini, kale, pouring cream or as I like sour cream (in my opinion the only way is to use whole fat, but if you must use low fat I begrudgingly give you permission) and parsley. Start by slicing the chicken into long thin strips and mixing it with pepper and half the jar of dijon mustard.  Put a large pot of water on to boil, if you want it to boil faster add the salt at the end (get carried away with the salt, people always under salt their water, it should be a salty day at the beach).

Brown the chicken over a high heat until almost cooked.

Remove the chicken, add a slug of olive oil, diced onion and garlic and cook over medium heat until translucent.  At this point your water should be boiled, so cook your pasta, a whole packet will do.  We used orecchiete, but any pasta will suffice, my preference is always a smaller pasta for no reason except ease of eating.

When the onion and garlic is cooked, turn the heat up to high and deglaze the pan with a glass of white wine.  Cook the white whine down until it is 1/4 of the volume.

Add your chicken and cream (about 3/4 of a cup, or enough to make a rich sauce), a handful of parsley…

and the kale.  Your pasta should be about two minutes away from being cooked, so we added our broccolini into the pasta water to cook.  Taste your food, season with salt and pepper, and add more dijon if it needs it (we added another tablespoon or two).  When everything is cooked, mix the pasta and broccolini into the sauce…

and serve with a drizzle of olive oil and lots of parmesan cheese, oh and don’t forget a glass of the left over wine.

Note: These vegetables do not need to be strictly adhered to, you could go spinach, normal broccoli, peas or no vegetables at all, get creative.

-alex

Dijon Chicken, Broccolini and Kale Orecchiete