Tuesday, November 28, 2023

Come Fly With Me and enjoy this Dijon Chicken

Boneless, skinless chicken breasts seared to perfection and served with a delicious Dijon mustard sauce.

dijon chicken

I was inspired to make this chicken after reading Fly With Me by Andie Burke.......
Fly With Me

I won this book in a raffle at The Book Club Cookbook.  It is a romance between an emergency room nurse and a pilot who meet when there is a medical emergency on the flight that the nurse, Olive is on and Stella is co-piloting.  Olive saves the day and the life of an important employee of Disney.

Olive suffers from anxiety and depression.  Her brother was recently hit by a car and is being kept alive by machines.  This is against his wishes and has caused a huge rift between Olive and her family.  Olive's anxiety disorder also was blamed for her ex deciding to end their relationship.

Stella, the pilot, was raised by a single gay man who had to constantly fight to be treated with respect and dignity, having come out about his sexuality before it was as accepted as it is today.  Stella is determined to become a captain in a job that is predominantly male. She believes that this is very important to her father who is suffering from Parkinsons, and she is not going to let anything stand in her way, including romantic relationships.

The premise of the story sounds great. Had the author just stuck to that I may have enjoyed this book.  Unfortunately, that wasn't the case.  I felt like the author was determined to try to "shock" her audience into accepting Olive and Stella, not as a couple, but as a "Lesbian" couple.

My son is gay.  He came out in the late 80's when it was still very taboo and something that you were to hide and be ashamed of.  And he was.....ashamed and angry.  When he first came out he was very "in your face" about it, as if daring anyone to not accept him for who he was.  

It wasn't until he accepted himself for who he was, became comfortable in his own skin, and learned to love himself that he was able to see any relationships in which he was involved as just that, relationships. To find a person with whom he was compatible, to express his love and affection in all of their interactions including sex, and to accept himself and his relationships as what they are.....normal, loving, relationships between 2 people.

I felt the author spent way too much time on the sexual aspect of Olive and Stella's relationship which should have been just an expression of their mutual love, respect, and attraction.  It was off-putting and distracted me from getting to know and care about the characters as people instead of gay people.

Dijon Chicken

Early in the relationship, Olive invites Stella for dinner and serves her Dijon Chicken.  Stella suffers from celiac disease and Olive has a lot of experience cooking gluten-free since her brother also suffered from celiac disease.  

My recipe is not gluten-free as it contains soy sauce.  You could substitute amino acids for soy sauce if you are cooking for someone who suffers from gluten intolerance.

Foodies Read Bingo

Heather of Based on a True Story, hosts a group called Foodies Read and decided to try a new theme for our group by making a Bingo board for us to fill out.  Regular readers of this blog are very familiar with Foodies Read as I link up to it several times a month. 

I was able to check off the box for New Release for this novel.  I am having fun with this challenge. To date, I have shared the following recipes and reviews:
I'm getting down to the end of the categories and will probably have to actively search out books to fit them if I want to reach my goal of a cover-all by the end of the year.  I also shared a recipe for Pork and Mandarin Tacos when I reviewed Little Red House for which I had no available category.

Entrees, Chicken, Sauce
Entrees, Chicken
Yield: 2 servings
Author: Wendy Klik
Dijon Chicken

Dijon Chicken

Boneless, skinless chicken breasts seared to perfection and served with a delicious Dijon mustard sauce.
Prep time: 5 MinCook time: 20 MinTotal time: 25 Min


  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, pounded to even thickness
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 t. olive oil
  • 1 T. butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 T. dry white wine
  • 2 T. chicken broth
  • 1/4 c. light cream (1/2 and 1/2)
  • couple of shakes of soy sauce
  • 1 T. Dijon mustard
  • pinch of dried thyme


  1. Heat the butter and oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and cook for about 5 minutes per side, until golden brown and an internal temperature of 165* is met.
  2. Remove the chicken to plates or a platter and keep warm.
  3. Add the garlic to the pan, stir, and then add the wine. Bring to a boil and scrape up any browned bits in the bottom of the pan.
  4. Whisk in the broth, cream, mustard, soy sauce and thyme. Cook and stir until slightly thickened. Pour over the chicken and serve.


Adapted from a recipe found at Spend with Pennies

Nutrition Facts



Fat (grams)

22.75 g

Sat. Fat (grams)

10.74 g

Carbs (grams)

4.8 g

Fiber (grams)

0.72 g

Net carbs

4.11 g

Sugar (grams)

0.99 g

Protein (grams)

29.1 g

Sodium (milligrams)

2434.32 mg

Cholesterol (grams)

121.04 mg

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