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

with Garlic Mashed Potatoes & Sautéed Kale

35 MIN
2 Servings
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From the Test Kitchen

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
Title
  • 2 Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts
  • 6 oz Kale
  • 2 cloves Garlic
  • ¼ tsp Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1 oz Salted Butter
  • 1 Tbsp Red Wine Vinegar
  • 2 Tbsps Crème Fraîche
  • 1 Tbsp Fig Spread
  • ¾ lb Potatoes
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. Peel and roughly chop 2 cloves of garlic. Separate the kale leaves from the stems; discard the stems, then roughly chop the leaves. 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 a drizzle 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 a drizzle of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the remaining chopped garlic. Cook, stirring constantly, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until slightly softened. Add the chopped 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 a drizzle 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.

* 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, 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. Medium dice the potatoes. Peel and roughly chop 2 cloves of garlic. Separate the kale leaves from the stems; discard the stems, then roughly chop the leaves. 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 a drizzle 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 a drizzle of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the remaining chopped garlic. Cook, stirring constantly, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until slightly softened. Add the chopped 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 a drizzle 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.

* 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, 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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