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Sundried Tomato Chicken with Spinach Rice:

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SECRET INGREDIENT: Chinese Five spice

Sundried Tomato Chicken with Spinach Rice

  • Chicken tenderloins
  • Olive oil
  • Onion (chopped)
  • Garlic (chopped)
  • Sun dried tomatoes, chopped
  • Butter
  • Flour
  • Chicken stock
  • White wine
  • Chinese Five spice
  • Salt & pepper
  • Fresh basil (chopped)
  • (Season and sauté chicken, then set aside. In same pan sauté onion and garlic, then tomatoes. Add butter and flour for roux. Whisk in wine and stock to thicken, and then add back chicken.)

Spinach Rice

  • Cooked rice
  • Spinach
  • Swish chard
  • Egg
  • Onion (chopped)
  • Garlic (chopped)
  • Carrot (finely chopped)
  • Soy sauce
  • (Blanch spinach and chard, then in blender with egg. Mix spinach mixture with rice. Sauté onion, garlic, and carrot, then add rice and soy)

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