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Lighter Chicken Diane and Rice.

February 22, 2017


I'd never tried Chicken Diane until my first night in my first apartment. My husband wanted to make us something special, and I think he made a good choice! We still make this dish from time to time (read: he still makes this dish from time to time), and its consistency and pleasant simplicity make it one of our favorites. Because of the ingredients, which include butter and brandy, Chicken Diane can have a higher calorie count than perhaps we always want for a weeknight meal. The below recipe is a bit lighter because we swapped out the butter for a light margarine. Also, we have been cutting the chicken into chunks rather than preparing it as full chicken breasts, which not only reduces cooking time, but also helps us to feel satisfied with a smaller portion.



Lighter Chicken Diane and Rice 

Serves 2


2 chicken breasts, cut into chunks

1/2 c. reduced-sodium chicken broth

3 tbsp. fresh parsley

2 tbsp. light margarine, such as Smart Balance or Brummel and Brown

2 tbsp. brandy (we use Christian Brothers brandy)

2 tsp. Dijon mustard

Freshly ground black pepper


For the rice:

1 c. white or brown rice 

1 c. water

1/2 c. reduced-sodium chicken broth

1 tbsp. light margarine

Freshly ground black pepper

Fresh parsley



Bring the water to a boil in a saucepan. Add the rice, reduce heat, and cover. Stir frequently. Add the broth once the liquid has dissolved. When rice is cooked, add the margarine, black pepper, and parsley.


Melt 1 tbsp. light margarine in a large non-stick skillet with sides high enough to add liquid. Add chicken breast pieces, and reduce heat to medium. Add freshly ground black pepper and fresh parsley to the chicken. Let chicken cook until done. Add broth, remaining margarine, brandy, and mustard to the skillet. Taste the sauce, and re-season with black pepper and parsley if desired.



Serve the chicken over rice. As you can see from the photos, we served this dinner with corn last time we made it. It also makes a nice meal with broccoli and with pasta instead of the rice. If you let the pasta or rice really soak up some of the extra liquid, it's just delicious.


This dinner pairs nicely with a light, fruity wine. I really like moscato or white zinfandel (probably because I'm a woman). I hope you enjoy it if you give it a try!



Have a great Wednesday!




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