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QUICKFIX: Bistro dining is simple, quick to do at home

Bistro dining is very much in style. Poulet a la Diable (chicken in mustard sauce) is a French bistro favorite. It’s an easy, quick chicken dish with a strong, Dijon mustard sauce.

Use a skillet that just fits the chicken. If it is too large the sauce will run dry.

For quick sauteed garlic potatoes, I start with canned potatoes and crisp them in a skillet with oil and garlic. A tangy watercress salad completes this French dinner.

Helpful Hints:

n A tossed green salad can be substituted for watercress.

Countdown:

n Start chicken.

n Make potatoes.

This meal contains 490 calories with 33 percent of calories from fat.

Poulet a la Diable

q 1 teaspoon canola oil

q 3/4 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts

q 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard

q 1/4 cup water

q 1 tablespoon heavy cream

q Salt, freshly ground black pepper

q 2 cups watercress, washed

q 2 tablespoons reduced-fat dressing

n Heat oil in a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Brown chicken 2 minutes, turn and brown 2 minutes. Mix mustard and water together and add to the skillet. Bring to a simmer, cover with a lid and cook 5 minutes. A meat thermometer should read 165 degrees. Remove chicken to a plate and add cream to the sauce. Mix well. Add salt and pepper to taste. Spoon sauce over chicken and add watercress on the side. Drizzle dressing over watercress. Makes 2 servings.

n Per serving: 263 calories (38 percent from fat), 11.0 g fat (3.0 g saturated, 4.2 g monounsaturated), 119 mg cholesterol, 37.8 g protein, 2.1 g carbohydrates, 0.7 g fiber, 590 mg sodium.

Sauteed Garlic Potatoes

q 1 pound drained canned potatoes

q 1 tablespoon canola oil

q 4 large garlic cloves, crushed

q Salt, freshly ground black pepper

n Heat oil in a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Cut potatoes in half and add to the skillet. Toss 2 to 3 minutes or until golden. Add garlic and toss 1 minute. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. Makes 2 servings.

n Per serving: 227 calories (28 percent from fat), 7.2 g fat (0.6 g saturated, 4.3 g monounsaturated), no cholesterol, 4.7 g protein, 38.1 g carbohydrates, 4.1 g fiber, 16 mg sodium.

Shopping list

Here are the ingredients you’ll need for tonight’s Dinner in Minutes. To buy: 1 can potatoes, 3/4 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, 1 jar Dijon mustard. 1 carton heavy cream and 1 bunch watercress.

Staples: Canola oil, garlic, reduced-fat dressing, salt and black peppercorns.

Linda Gassenheimer, the author of 14 cookbooks including her newest, “Mix ‘n Match Meals in Minutes for People with Diabetes,” and “Prevention’s Fit and Fast Meals in Minutes, ” can be reached at LindaDinnerInMinutes.com.

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