Paprika Garlic Chicken + Spinach in a White Wine Bourbon Butter Sauce

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The title alone should make you hungry. Butter + wine in a sauce is just that awesome. Add in Bourbon? The smell is outstanding. Bourbon has been finding its way into a lot of meals this season, it adds an amazing fragrance and a lovely aftertaste. May not be for all but I highly recommend trying it. I have made this dish a number of times already over the past very cold couple of months. It’s warm and comforting.. and there is spinach, so all around feel good!

Paprika Garlic Chicken + Spinach in a White Wine Butter Sauce – adapted from The Kitchen Paper

2 large chicken breasts

1 tsp paprika (I probably used more)

salt + pepper

2 tbsp butter

3 tbsp olive oil (you can use all olive oil or all butter, I tend to split it like this)

1/4 cup fresh thyme leaves

3 garlic cloves, minced

3/4 cup dry white wine

1/4 cup bourbon (I tend to prefer a bourbon with a sweet/caramel scent)

2 very large handfuls fresh spinach

Season the raw chicken breasts with the paprika and a pinch of salt and pepper. Loving paprika I just eyeballed this and sprinkled all sides very well before very lightly rubbing all the seasonings in. Melt 1 tbsp of butter in a large skillet or frying pan over medium heat. Add the chicken breasts and let them cook for about 3 minutes (until golden) then flip and do the other side. Once both sides are finished add the remaining butter/oil and the thyme and garlic. I chopped some thyme and then added the full stems as well. Removing them before serving. Cook the chicken in the butter/oil/thyme/garlic for a couple of minutes, stirring, before adding the white wine and bourbon. Bring to a simmer and then let cook for about 20 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through. The sauce will reduce so feel free to add any extra wine or broth if needed. Add the spinach right before turning off the heat. Stir until wilted. We enjoy this dish over plain farro. Leftovers are so good the next day if you are lucky enough to have them. Enjoy! ~

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