No Chicken in Mustard

by Anne Bennett on April 10, 2014

SHHH

Sorry, Whitman, no Poulet a la Moutarde for you.  Whitman?

Yesterday I made Poulet a la Moutarde — which is French for Chicken in Mustard — from the new cookbook, “My Paris Kitchen,” by David Lebovitz,* an (extremely fortunate) American who lives in Paris. I thought that if it was a hit, I’d post it here this weekend.

No hit. No run. Big error. OK, so it wasn’t bad, but come on: chicken cooked in bacon fat and then topped with creme fraiche? Why not just get a syringe and shoot the fat into my arteries? Or worse, my butt.

In short, this recipe didn’t cut the mustard. Sorry, but a stupid pun seems appropriate here.

In the meantime, I’d like to suggest that you try a Weight Watcher recipe that I recently posted: Lemon Chicken and Broccoli.  Unlike the Poulet a la Moutarde, it’s low in fat and WW Points and it’s downright Springlike with its refreshing burst of both lemon zest and lemon juice. Be sure not to overcook the broccoli — you want it to be tender-crisp.

Chicken and broccoli are often combined in Chinese recipes, but this dish really isn’t a stir fry. You can tip it in either an Asian or Mediterranean direction by serving it with rice or pasta. Or neither, for that matter.

After all, you might want to save some Points for a cookie after dinner!

*Thought for the day: If this is the way typical French people eat, why aren’t more of them fat like us?

 

 

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Lin April 13, 2014 at 5:41 am

I am In the process of reading a book, “Paris My Sweet”, true story of a young American woman who works in Paris and spends all her time going from bakery to bakery. I’ve never heard desserts described in a way that makes my mouth water quite like this does as I drive down the road.
Why, you ask? Guess I am a glutton for punishment, but she insists she is maintaining her weight because of all the walking she does. So I walked to Hen House yesterday, 6,000 steps, couldn’t carry too much home though. 🙂

Leo Franc April 14, 2014 at 1:46 am

“*Thought for the day: If this is the way typical French people eat, why aren’t more of them fat like us?”

It’s called the French Paradox.

By the way, really enjoy reading your blog.

Kate April 21, 2014 at 7:13 pm

Love this too! I’m inspired to make that lemon chicken and broccoli this week! So refreshing and delicious!

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