Balsamic Chicken & Asparagus with Parmesan Mashed Potatoes

Balsamic Chicken & Asparagus

with Parmesan Mashed Potatoes

40 MIN
+$0.95/serving 2 Servings
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    The star of this wholesome dish is the delicious pan sauce we're spooning over seared chicken, which combines aromatic scallions with balsamic vinegar, soy sauce, brown sugar, and butter for incredibly rich, savory flavor.
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    Balsamic Chicken & Asparagus with Parmesan Mashed Potatoes
    Title
    • 2 Skin-On Salmon Fillets
    • ¾ lb Golden And Red Potatoes
    • 6 oz Asparagus
    • 2 cloves Garlic
    • 2 Scallions
    • 2 Tbsps Balsamic Vinegar
    • 1 Tbsp Soy Sauce
    • 1 Tbsp Light Brown Sugar
    • 1 oz Butter
    • 2 Tbsps Sliced Roasted Almonds
    • ¼ cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
    • 1 Tbsp Weeknight Hero Spice Blend (Onion Powder, Garlic Powder, Smoked Paprika & Whole Dried Parsley)
    • ¼ tsp Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
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    Prepare the ingredients & start the sauce
    1 Prepare the ingredients & start the sauce

    Fill a medium pot 3/4 of the way up with salted water; cover and heat to boiling on high. Wash and dry the fresh produce. Medium dice the potatoes. Snap off and discard the tough, woody stem ends of the asparagus; halve crosswise. Peel and roughly chop 2 cloves of garlic. Thinly slice the scallions. In a bowl, combine the vinegar, soy sauce, sugar, and 2 tablespoons of water; season with salt and pepper.

    Cook & mash the potatoes
    2 Cook & mash the potatoes

    Add the diced potatoes to the pot of boiling water and cook 16 to 18 minutes, or until tender when pierced with fork. Turn off the heat. Drain thoroughly and return to the pot. Add half the butter and half the cheese; season with salt and pepper. Using a fork or potato masher, mash to your desired consistency. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired.

    Cook & finish the asparagus
    3 Cook & finish the asparagus

    Meanwhile, in a medium pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the halved asparagus. Cook, stirring occasionally, 5 to 6 minutes, or until lightly browned and slightly softened. Add the chopped garlic and as much of the red pepper flakes as you’d like, depending on how spicy you’d like the dish to be. Cook, stirring frequently, 1 to 2 minutes, or until combined and the asparagus is tender when pierced with a fork. Transfer to a bowl; add the almonds and stir to combine. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. Cover with foil to keep warm. Wipe out the pan.

    Cook the fish
    4 Cook the fish

    Pat the fish dry with paper towels; season on both sides with salt, pepper, and enough of the spice blend to coat (you may have extra). In the same pan, heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the seasoned fish, skin side down. Cook 5 to 7 minutes, or until the skin is browned and crispy. Flip and cook 1 to 2 minutes, or until lightly browned and cooked through.* Leaving any browned bits (or fond) in the pan, transfer to a plate.

    *An instant-read thermometer should register 145°F.

    Finish the sauce & serve your dish
    5 Finish the sauce & serve your dish

    In the pan of reserved fond, heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the sliced scallions; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, 1 to 2 minutes, or until softened. Add the sauce (carefully, as the liquid may splatter). Cook, stirring occasionally and scraping up any fond, 2 to 3 minutes, or until slightly thickened. Turn off the heat. Stir in the remaining butter until melted and combined. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. Serve the cooked fish with the mashed potatoes and finished asparagus. Top the chicken with the sauce. Garnish the asparagus with the remaining cheese. Enjoy!

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    Prepare the ingredients & start the sauce
    1 Prepare the ingredients & start the sauce

    Fill a medium pot 3/4 of the way up with salted water; cover and heat to boiling on high. Wash and dry the fresh produce. Medium dice the potatoes. Snap off and discard the tough, woody stem ends of the asparagus; halve crosswise. Peel and roughly chop 2 cloves of garlic. Thinly slice the scallions. In a bowl, combine the vinegar, soy sauce, sugar, and 2 tablespoons of water; season with salt and pepper.

    2 Cook & mash the potatoes

    Add the diced potatoes to the pot of boiling water and cook 16 to 18 minutes, or until tender when pierced with fork. Turn off the heat. Drain thoroughly and return to the pot. Add half the butter and half the cheese; season with salt and pepper. Using a fork or potato masher, mash to your desired consistency. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired.

    Cook & mash the potatoes
    Cook & finish the asparagus
    3 Cook & finish the asparagus

    Meanwhile, in a medium pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the halved asparagus. Cook, stirring occasionally, 5 to 6 minutes, or until lightly browned and slightly softened. Add the chopped garlic and as much of the red pepper flakes as you’d like, depending on how spicy you’d like the dish to be. Cook, stirring frequently, 1 to 2 minutes, or until combined and the asparagus is tender when pierced with a fork. Transfer to a bowl; add the almonds and stir to combine. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. Cover with foil to keep warm. Wipe out the pan.

    4 Cook the fish

    Pat the fish dry with paper towels; season on both sides with salt, pepper, and enough of the spice blend to coat (you may have extra). In the same pan, heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the seasoned fish, skin side down. Cook 5 to 7 minutes, or until the skin is browned and crispy. Flip and cook 1 to 2 minutes, or until lightly browned and cooked through.* Leaving any browned bits (or fond) in the pan, transfer to a plate.

    *An instant-read thermometer should register 145°F.

    Cook the fish
    Finish the sauce & serve your dish
    5 Finish the sauce & serve your dish

    In the pan of reserved fond, heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the sliced scallions; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, 1 to 2 minutes, or until softened. Add the sauce (carefully, as the liquid may splatter). Cook, stirring occasionally and scraping up any fond, 2 to 3 minutes, or until slightly thickened. Turn off the heat. Stir in the remaining butter until melted and combined. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. Serve the cooked fish with the mashed potatoes and finished asparagus. Top the chicken with the sauce. Garnish the asparagus with the remaining cheese. Enjoy!

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