Chicken en papillote with carrots and courgettes

    45 min

    This colourful dish shows how easy it can be to make a healthy chicken dish without sacrificing any flavour – or slaving over a hot stove.

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    Serves: 4 

    • 4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts, 675g (1½ lb) in total
    • 115g (4oz) mushrooms, sliced
    • 2 carrots, cut into 4cm (1½in) matchsticks
    • 2 courgettes, cut into 4cm (1½in) matchsticks
    • 2 tbsp olive oil
    • 1 tbsp chopped basil
    • 2 tbsp lemon juice
    • pepper to taste

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:30min  ›  Ready in:45min 

    1. Preheat the oven to 190°C (375°F, gas mark 5). Cut out 4 sheets of foil about 30cm (12in) square. Place a chicken breast in the centre of each sheet and arrange one-quarter of the vegetables on top.
    2. In a small bowl, whisk together the oil, basil, lemon juice and pepper to taste. Spoon this seasoning mixture evenly over the chicken and vegetables.
    3. Fold two opposite sides of the foil sheet over the chicken and vegetables, then fold the other sides over and tuck the ends under.
    4. Place the parcels on a baking tray and bake for about 30 minutes. Unwrap and transfer the chicken and vegetables to plates, with all the juices in the parcels.

    Some more ideas

    *Substitute skinless, boneless turkey breast for the chicken.
    *Cut matchstick pieces of fennel and use in place of either the carrots or courgettes.
    *Use yellow courgettes rather than green ones.

    Health points

    *The vegetables add heart-healthy betacarotene and vitamins A and C; and the mushrooms provide glutamic acid, which is believed to boost the immune system.
    *When you bake poultry with herbs and vegetables in a sealed foil or paper parcel (en papillote), it cooks in its own juices, thus creating exquisite flavours with little fat or sodium needed.

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    Something else. Mine needed an extra ten minutes in the oven so my oven is obviously not as hot. Came out yummy with loads of juices and went well with the rice I had.  -  08 Apr 2010


    Easy to cook, great taste, though my boyfreind added chilli flakes to spice it up a bit as he likes his spice. Going to do this for my in´laws next time they come over.  -  08 Apr 2010


    A tasty meal that was easy to make and great when varied with different vegetables and sauces. Also easy to adjust to feed different numbers of people.  -  31 Jan 2009