The $4 Item That'll Help You Make the Most Beautiful, Delicious Dinner Ever
You most often see seafood cooked en papillote—it's a great way to keep fillets moist and intact—but we were surprised to learn that chicken breast is also perfect for the treatment. The trick is to use escalopes or paillards, which are pieces of boneless meat that have been pounded until thin and flat. Because they're only about a quarter-inch thick, these cuts cook quickly and won't dry out.
This totally-doable-on-a-weeknight recipe from the new book, Cook for Your Life, by Ann Ogden Gaffney, starts with chicken you marinate in mustard and white wine. Then, over a piece of parchment, you layer a smattering of sliced Yukon Gold potatoes, sweet-tart apples, shallots and tarragon and place the piece of chicken on top. Cover with a few more potatoes and herbs, seal the packet and slide it into the oven. You'll be, er, tearing into dinner in 25 minutes.
Get the recipe: Chicken en Papillote with Mustard