Creamy chicken with asparagus
One of the key mood-related nutrients is folate. Depression is a common symptom of folate deficiency and many patients experiencing depressive behaviour have been found to be folate deficient.
Increasing the consumption of folate rich foods such as asparagus, spinach, kale and black-eyed beans or taking a folic acid supplement can alter – and, in some cases, completely eliminate – mood swings and depressive behaviour.
Ingredients (Serves 6)
- 1 tbsp oil
- 4 lean smoked bacon rashers, rind removed and chopped into small pieces
- 6 skinless chicken breast fillets
- 600g new potatoes
- 250g asparagus spears, trimmed and diagonally
- 225 ml cider
- 1 tbsp cornflour
- 250ml half fat creme fraiche
- Handful of flat leaf parsley, chopped
Heat the oil in a large frying pan, then fry the bacon for 5 minutes on a medium heat until golden. Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside.
Add the chicken to the pan, then lightly fry for 4-5 mins to brown on both sides (you may need to brown the chicken in two batches if your pan is not large enough).
Meanwhile, cook the potatoes in a pan of boiling water for 10 minutes or until tender. Cook the asparagus in a steamer over the potatoes for 7 minutes or microwave in a covered dish with 2 tbsp water for 4 minutes.
Pour the cider over the chicken, bring to the boil and then reduce heat. Put the bacon back in the pan and simmer for 10-15 minutes until the chicken is cooked through.
Stir in the cornflour to form a paste, keep stirring until lightly thickened, then add the crème fraiche and season with freshly ground black pepper. Stir in the drained vegetables and sprinkle with chopped parsley before serving.