Dijon And Vermouth Breaded Chicken with Spinach Zucchini and Grape Tomato Salad

This week’s easy recipe, Dijon And Vermouth Breaded Chicken with Spinach Zucchini and Grape Tomato Salad,  is perfect for a dinner for two by the fireplace. But, if there is an army of kids, or special friends for whom you want to cook a great easy dinner then just double or triple the recipe.  I am telling you for sure if you make this it will be a hit!


1 whole (2 halves) skinless chicken breast fillets

1 1/2 C dried bread crumbs

1/4 C  olive oil

1/4 C vermouth

2 Tbsp Dijon 

1 zucchini sliced into coin sized rounds

1 yellow squash sliced into coin sized rounds

12 sweet grape tomatoes halved

Fresh Spinach

1/4 C canola oil

1/4 C red wine vinegar

1/8 C balsamic vinegar

1 Tbsp soy sauce

1Tbsp fresh cilantro chopped

1 Tbsp fresh lime juice

1/4 tsp horseradish

 salt and pepper to taste  

1 Tbsp of olive oil


Wash the spinach and remove long stems.  Cut the other vegetables, and store in a bowl in the refrigerator.  In mixing bowl mix canola oil, red vinegar, soy sauce, horseradish, lime juice, basalmic  vinegar, cilantro, and salt and pepper to taste. Cover and place in refrigerator. 

Wrap chicken breasts in plastic wrap leaving extra room around edges. Flatten breasts with meat tenderizer, and remove plastic wrap.

In a bowl add vermouth, olive oil (not the Tbsp), Dijon and stir. In another bowl add bread crumbs.  On large plate paint the chicken breasts on one side, and then cover with bread crumbs.  Flip breast and repeat.

Heat oven to 450 degrees.

Heat 1 tbsp of of olive oil in fry pan that is oven safe.  Add chicken ugly side up and brown for 3 minutes on medium high. Gently flip chicken breast and place fry pan uncovered in oven  for 8 minutes.

Mix salad vegetables, add dressing, and plate. When chicken is done let stand for a couple minutes.  Plate chicken and you are ready for a super easy great meal!

 No potatoes, no rice, no french bread, just chicken and salad. 


I live in a comfort zone.  A nice little beach community with great neighbors right out of another era.  We have group dinners, street parties, and an occasional night on the town. And, this is perfect for me.  She Who Must Be Obeyed thinks I am sorta a shut in,  but that couldn’t be farther off the mark. I just like my comfort zone which consists of about a square mile by the beach.

Last year I was talking about going to the International Food Bloggers Conference in Santa Monica.  Sue just laughed and said I would never do it.  Well, no doubt as she intended, that sealed the deal for me.  I attended the IFBC, I was surrounded by people I had never met before for a 2 and 1/2 day conference ….. and I had a blast. I have signed up for the 2012 IFBC in Portland and can’t wait.

Last fall I attended the Slope Surfers ski club membership drive (all by myself), and even joined the club! But, since then I settled back into my comfort zone in the hood.  Snow has been light in most ski areas including Mammoth, so I had placed the whole ski club idea on the back burner. Last weekend I was toying with the idea of going up with the Slope Surfers, but wasn’t sure.  That’s when She Who Must Be Obey laughed and said I’ld never do it.  It appears that Sue can quite effectively work me , because within a day I had signed up for a trip with the club.

I will be riding in a bus for 6 hours with people I do not know.  Followed by sleeping in a condo with people I do not know.  Followed by skiing, eating and drinking with them for two days and nights.  And then, if this goes anything like the IFBC, I will board the bus for the 6 hour trip home with 30 great new friends.    

Think I’m really glad Sue can play me like a violin. With the aid of her jedi mind control my comfort zone is broadening.  I’ll report back, wish me luck!

Good Eating and Table Talk,



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