Chicken & Fig-Butter Pan Sauce with Garlic Mashed Potatoes & Sautéed Kale

Chicken & Fig-Butter Pan Sauce

with Garlic Mashed Potatoes & Sautéed Kale

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The flavor of fig—a Mediterranean fruit beloved for its rich, densely sweet complexity—elevates the irresistible pan sauce we’re spooning over seared chicken in this comforting dish. Simple sides of spicy sautéed kale and creamy mashed potatoes round out the dish on a hearty note.

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Chicken & Fig-Butter Pan Sauce with Garlic Mashed Potatoes & Sautéed Kale
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  • 2 Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts
  • 1 bunch Kale
  • 2 cloves Garlic
  • 2 Tbsps Butter
  • 2 Tbsps Crème Fraîche
  • 1 Tbsp Red Wine Vinegar
  • ¼ tsp Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
  • ¾ lb Red Or Golden Potatoes
  • 1 Tbsp Fig Spread
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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. Peel and roughly chop 2 cloves of garlic. Separate the kale leaves from the stems; discard the stems, then roughly chop  the leaves.Medium dice the potatoes. In a bowl, whisk together the fig spread, half the vinegar, and 1/4 cup of water

Cook & mash the potatoes:
2 Cook & mash the potatoes:

Add the diced potatoes and half the chopped garlic 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 1/2 teaspoon of olive oil; 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. Cover to keep warm. 

Cook the kale:
3 Cook the kale:

Meanwhile, in a medium pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat 1/2 teaspoon of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the remaining chopped garlic. Cook, stirring frequently, 30 seconds to  1 minute, or until slightly softened. Add the sliced kale and as much of the red pepper flakes as you’d like, depending on how spicy you’d like the dish to be. Season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 2 to 3 minutes, or until slightly wilted. Add the remaining vinegar (carefully, as the liquid may splatter) and 1/4 cup of water. Cook, stirring occasionally, 2 to 3 minutes, or until the kale is wilted and the liquid has cooked off. Transfer to a bowl. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. Cover with foil to keep warm. Wipe out the pan.

Cook the chicken:
4 Cook the chicken:

Pat the chicken dry with paper towels; season with salt and pepper on both sides. In the same pan, heat 1/2 teaspoon of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the seasoned chicken. Cook 6 to 7 minutes per side, or until browned and cooked through.* Leaving any browned bits (or fond) in the pan, transfer to a plate.

* An instant-read thermometer should register 165°F.

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, 1 to  2 minutes, or until slightly thickened. Turn off the heat and stir in the butter until melted and combined. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. Serve the cooked chicken with the mashed potatoes and cooked kale. 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:

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 and roughly chop 2 cloves of garlic. Separate the kale leaves from the stems; discard the stems, then roughly chop  the leaves.Medium dice the potatoes. In a bowl, whisk together the fig spread, half the vinegar, and 1/4 cup of water

2 Cook & mash the potatoes:

Add the diced potatoes and half the chopped garlic 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 1/2 teaspoon of olive oil; 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. Cover to keep warm. 

Cook & mash the potatoes:
Cook the kale:
3 Cook the kale:

Meanwhile, in a medium pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat 1/2 teaspoon of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the remaining chopped garlic. Cook, stirring frequently, 30 seconds to  1 minute, or until slightly softened. Add the sliced kale and as much of the red pepper flakes as you’d like, depending on how spicy you’d like the dish to be. Season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 2 to 3 minutes, or until slightly wilted. Add the remaining vinegar (carefully, as the liquid may splatter) and 1/4 cup of water. Cook, stirring occasionally, 2 to 3 minutes, or until the kale is wilted and the liquid has cooked off. Transfer to a bowl. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. Cover with foil to keep warm. Wipe out the pan.

4 Cook the chicken:

Pat the chicken dry with paper towels; season with salt and pepper on both sides. In the same pan, heat 1/2 teaspoon of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the seasoned chicken. Cook 6 to 7 minutes per side, or until browned and cooked through.* Leaving any browned bits (or fond) in the pan, transfer to a plate.

* An instant-read thermometer should register 165°F.

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, 1 to  2 minutes, or until slightly thickened. Turn off the heat and stir in the butter until melted and combined. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. Serve the cooked chicken with the mashed potatoes and cooked kale. Top the chicken with the finished sauce. Enjoy!