While this might take a while to marinade, it’s spectacularly quick to cook, and delivers a comforting dish in no time that the whole family will love. Chicken is one of the best foods for supporting brain function, stress, mood and mental health, so if you’ve had a hard day at work, this is what you want to be eating. The dish ingredients provide the co factors your body needs to turn the amino acids into the brain’s neurotransmitters, so whatever you decide to pair it with, you’re covered. Mood food at its best!


Catalan Chicken

  • Author: Jane Hutton
  • Prep Time: 2 hours marinading
  • Cook Time: 10
  • Total Time: 2 minute


  • 1 chicken breast
  • 100ml olive oil
  • sprig thyme
  • handful of spinach
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 200g canellini beans
  • 150ml white wine
  • 1 garlic clove, chopped


  1. Lay the chicken breast in a shallow dish, pour over half of the olive oil and add the thyme. Leave to marinate for as long as possible, at least two hours. Heat the remaining olive oil in a saucepan and add the spinach, sausage, onion, beans, wine, garlic and tomatoes. Cook for five minutes. Heat a ridged grill pan and cook the chicken for five minutes on each side, or until cooked through. Pile the bean mixture onto a plate and top with the chicken breast.

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