Chilli chicken and spinach gratin


Chilli chicken and spinach gratin
A classic combination of chicken and spinach is pepped up with chilli spices and balanced with a velvety bechamel sauce, topped with cheese and browned in the oven.
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Last modified on: May 23th 2021

Keywords for this recipe:GratinSpinachBechamelMornayChickenChilliSpicesCheese
For 6 people, you will need:

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45 min.50 min.1 hour 35 min.
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Step by step recipe


Stage 1 - 3 min.
Chilli chicken and spinach gratin : Photo of step #1
Cut 400 g chicken breast into medium-sized chunks.

Stage 2 - 7 min.
Chilli chicken and spinach gratin : Photo of step #2
Pour 3 tablespoons olive oil into a large frying pan on high heat. When good and hot, add the chicken, salt and pepper.

Fry until lightly browned all over.

Stage 3 - 1 min.
Chilli chicken and spinach gratin : Photo of step #3
Turn off the heat, then add 2 tablespoons chilli spices and mix well to coat the chicken evenly with the spices.

Stage 4 - 1 min.
Chilli chicken and spinach gratin : Photo of step #4
Transfer to a plate and set aside.

Stage 5 - 30 min.
Chilli chicken and spinach gratin : Photo of step #5
Prepare 800 g fresh spinach, but leave raw.

Stage 6
Chilli chicken and spinach gratin : Photo of step #6
Melt 50 g butter in a large frying pan on high heat.

When good and hot add enough fresh spinach all at once to fill the pan.

Be careful: the water left on the leaves will spit at first, so take care not to get scalded.

Stage 7 - 3 min.
Chilli chicken and spinach gratin : Photo of step #7
Stir with a spatula until the spinach has shrunk down. as shown in the photo.

You have just "wilted" the spinach in butter – another cooking method.

Wilt all the spinach like this in batches, transferring it to a plate when done.

Stage 8 - 2 min.
Chilli chicken and spinach gratin : Photo of step #8
Preheat the oven to 410°F (210°C).

Butter a gratin dish and spread half the spinach in the bottom.

Salt and pepper.

Stage 9 - 1 min.
Chilli chicken and spinach gratin : Photo of step #9
Add the chicken pieces.

Stage 10 - 3 min.
Chilli chicken and spinach gratin : Photo of step #10
Spread half the bechamel sauce on top.

Stage 11 - 1 min.
Chilli chicken and spinach gratin : Photo of step #11
Add the rest of the spinach; salt and pepper again.

Stage 12 - 3 min.
Chilli chicken and spinach gratin : Photo of step #12
Finish with the remaining sauce and scatter grated cheese over the top.

Stage 13 - 40 min.
Chilli chicken and spinach gratin : Photo of step #13
Bake for about 40 minutes until the top is nicely browned.

Your gratin is ready.
Remarks
You can make the bechamel sauce richer by adding grated cheese (it then becomes a Mornay sauce).

If you are using cooked spinach, skip stages 5 to 7.
Keeping
1 or 2 days in the fridge, covered with plastic film.
Nutritional information
Whole recipe
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
2,475 Kcal or 10,362 Kj127 gr88 gr180 gr
124 %49 %8 %27 %
Per 100 g
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
139 Kcal or 582 Kj7 gr5 gr10 gr
7 %3 %<1 %2 %
Per person
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
413 Kcal or 1,729 Kj21 gr15 gr30 gr
21 %8 %1 %5 %
% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories or 8400 k-joules by day for a woman (change to a man).
How much will it cost?
  • For 6 people : 12.08 €
  • Per person : 2.01 €

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Note : These prices are only approximate.
Source
Home made.
This recipe uses (among others)
Fresh spinachFresh spinach: You can check-out other recipes which use it, like for example: Tex-Mex chicken burger, Late Winter Soup with Fresh Spinach, How to prepare spinach, Rice and fresh spinach salad, Salmon and spinach quiche, ... All
Chicken breastChicken breast: You can check-out other recipes which use it, like for example: Beetroot and fried chicken salad, Chicken pie, Chicken breasts with tarragon, Taos hotpot, Stuffed pumpkin gratin, ... All
Bechamel sauceBechamel sauce: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Scallops au gratin, Leek and Mimolette tart, Spinach on toast with bechamel, Croque-monsieur, Gratin slices with spinach, ... All
Grated cheeseGrated cheese: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Cheese tart, Croque-monsieur, Ham "friand" pie, Baker's pizza, Gratin of chicken with rice and sautéed mushrooms, ... All
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