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Dinner Tonight: Chicken with Spinach

Don't let the recipe's name fool you. While Madhur Jaffrey isn't exactly lying about the contents of this dish from At Home with Madhur Jaffrey—there's both chicken and spinach—it's just that it doesn't tell the whole story. I thought briefly about changing the name, but where would I even begin? The spinach is flavored with garlic, onion, ginger, paprika, cayenne, cinnamon, and cardamom. It comes out piquant and lively, yet still strangely soothing. It's so good, you might want to double the amount.

That's not to say that the chicken is a complete afterthought. It's sauteed in oil that's infused with more cinnamon and cardamom, then left to cook gently with the spinach and all those spices. Though it's loaded with flavor, the recipe is still relatively easy to put together. Jaffrey recommends using a food processor to quickly dice the onions, garlic, and ginger, which saves a lot of time. Also, while chicken legs work best for this recipe, you could use bone-in chicken breasts if you'd like. I'd just cut the simmering time by five to ten minutes.

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