Chicken & Blueberry-Thyme Pan Sauce with Mashed Potatoes & Roasted Carrots

Chicken & Blueberry-Thyme Pan Sauce

with Mashed Potatoes & Roasted Carrots

45 MIN
2 Servings
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Here, you'll elevate simply seared chicken by topping it with a delicately fruity pan sauce featuring fresh thyme, shallot, butter, and sweet blueberry bourbon spread. Simple sides of mashed potatoes (with a touch of crème fraîche) and roasted carrots round out the dish.
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Chicken & Blueberry-Thyme Pan Sauce with Mashed Potatoes & Roasted Carrots
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  • 2 Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts
  • ¾ lb Potatoes
  • 2 Tbsps Crème Fraîche
  • 1 oz Blueberry Bourbon Spread
  • 1 Shallot
  • 1 bunch Thyme
  • ¾ lb Carrots
  • 2 Tbsps Vegetarian Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 Tbsp Smoky Spice Blend (Smoked Paprika, Sweet Paprika, Ground Yellow Mustard, Garlic Powder & Onion Powder)
  • 1 oz Salted Butter
Prepare the ingredients & start the sauce
1 Prepare the ingredients & start the sauce

Place an oven rack in the center of the oven; preheat to 450°F. 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. Peel the carrots; halve lengthwise, then cut crosswise into 2-inch pieces. Medium dice the potatoes. Pick the thyme leaves off the stems. Peel and finely chop the shallot. In a bowl, combine the blueberry bourbon spread, worcestershire sauce, thyme leaves, chopped shallot, and 2 tablespoons of water.

Roast the carrots
2 Roast the carrots

Line a sheet pan with foil. Place the carrot pieces on the foil. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt, pepper, and enough of the spice blend to coat (you may have extra). Toss to coat; arrange in an even layer. Roast 16 to 18 minutes, or until browned and tender when pierced with a fork. Remove from the oven.

Cook & mash the potatoes
3 Cook & mash the potatoes

Meanwhile, add the diced potatoes to the pot of boiling water. Cook 16 to 18 minutes, or until tender when pierced with a fork. Turn off the heat. Drain thoroughly and return to the pot. Add the crème fraîche and a drizzle of olive oil. Using a fork or potato masher, mash to your desired consistency. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired.

Cook the chicken
4 Cook the chicken

Meanwhile, pat the chicken dry with paper towels; season with salt and pepper on both sides. In a medium pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat a drizzle of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the seasoned chicken. Cook 6 to 9 minutes per side, or until browned and cooked through.* Leaving any browned bits (or fond) in the pan, transfer to a cutting board.

*The USDA recommends a minimum safe cooking temperature of 165°F for chicken. 

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

To the pan of reserved fond, add the sauce (carefully, as the liquid may splatter). Cook on medium- high, stirring constantly and scraping up any fond, 2 to 3 minutes, or until slightly thickened. Turn off the heat. Stir in the butter until melted and combined. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. Slice the cooked chicken crosswise. Serve the sliced chicken with the mashed potatoes and roasted carrots. Top the chicken with the finished sauce. Enjoy!

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

Place an oven rack in the center of the oven; preheat to 450°F. 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. Peel the carrots; halve lengthwise, then cut crosswise into 2-inch pieces. Medium dice the potatoes. Pick the thyme leaves off the stems. Peel and finely chop the shallot. In a bowl, combine the blueberry bourbon spread, worcestershire sauce, thyme leaves, chopped shallot, and 2 tablespoons of water.

2 Roast the carrots

Line a sheet pan with foil. Place the carrot pieces on the foil. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt, pepper, and enough of the spice blend to coat (you may have extra). Toss to coat; arrange in an even layer. Roast 16 to 18 minutes, or until browned and tender when pierced with a fork. Remove from the oven.

Roast the carrots
Cook & mash the potatoes
3 Cook & mash the potatoes

Meanwhile, add the diced potatoes to the pot of boiling water. Cook 16 to 18 minutes, or until tender when pierced with a fork. Turn off the heat. Drain thoroughly and return to the pot. Add the crème fraîche and a drizzle of olive oil. Using a fork or potato masher, mash to your desired consistency. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired.

4 Cook the chicken

Meanwhile, pat the chicken dry with paper towels; season with salt and pepper on both sides. In a medium pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat a drizzle of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the seasoned chicken. Cook 6 to 9 minutes per side, or until browned and cooked through.* Leaving any browned bits (or fond) in the pan, transfer to a cutting board.

*The USDA recommends a minimum safe cooking temperature of 165°F for chicken. 

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

To the pan of reserved fond, add the sauce (carefully, as the liquid may splatter). Cook on medium- high, stirring constantly and scraping up any fond, 2 to 3 minutes, or until slightly thickened. Turn off the heat. Stir in the butter until melted and combined. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. Slice the cooked chicken crosswise. Serve the sliced chicken with the mashed potatoes and roasted carrots. Top the chicken with the finished sauce. Enjoy!

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