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Chicken & Molasses Sauce

with Mashed Japanese Sweet Potato & Brussels Sprouts

Chicken & Molasses Sauce with Mashed Japanese Sweet Potato & Brussels Sprouts
Cook Time
30-40mins
Makes
2 Servings
Nutrition
Group 2
Est. 620 calories
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In this recipe, we're dressing up chicken with an easy sauce made from a trio of sweet, tangy ingredients: molasses, ketchup and apple cider vinegar. Together, they create a delicious, well-balanced glaze, inspired by the flavors of barbecue. For an exciting side, we're mashing a Japanese sweet potato, whose starchy consistency is perfect for soaking up the sauce. (Chefs, depending on what's best at the farms near you, your sweet potato may be white or purple on the inside.)

Prepare the ingredients:
1 Prepare the ingredients:

Wash and dry the fresh produce. Heat a small pot of salted water to boiling on high. Peel the sweet potato; halve lengthwise, then cut crosswise into ½-inch-thick pieces.Cut off and discard the stem ends of the Brussels sprouts; halve lengthwise, then thinly slice crosswise. Peel and finely chop the garlic. Cut off and discard the root ends of the scallions; thinly slice, separating the white bottoms and green tops.

Cook the Brussels sprouts:
2 Cook the Brussels sprouts:

In a medium pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat a drizzle of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the Brussels sprouts; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 4 to 6 minutes, or until lightly browned. Add 1/4 of the garlic and 1/4 of the butter; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, 1 to 2 minutes, or until fragrant. Add 1/4 cup of water and cook, stirring occasionally, 1 to 2 minutes, or until the Brussels sprouts have softened and the water has cooked off. Turn off the heat; season with salt and pepper to taste. Transfer to a plate. Wipe out the pan.

Cook & mash the sweet potato:
3 Cook & mash the sweet potato:

While the Brussels sprouts cook, add the sweet potato to the pot of boiling water. Cook 8 to 10 minutes, or until tender when pierced with a fork. Turn off the heat. Drain thoroughly and return to the pot. Add the remaining butter. Using a fork, mash the mixture to your desired consistency. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Set aside in a warm place.

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 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the seasoned chicken, skin sides down, and cook 6 to 8 minutes on the first side, or until the skin is golden brown. Flip and cook 3 to 4 minutes, or until lightly browned and cooked through. Leaving any browned bits (or fond) in the pan, transfer to a plate.

Make the sauce & finish the chicken:
5 Make the sauce & finish the chicken:

To the pan of reserved fond, add the white bottoms of the scallions and remaining garlic; season with salt and pepper. (If the pan seems dry, add 1 teaspoon of olive oil.) Cook on medium-high, stirring constantly, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until fragrant. Add the vinegar, molasses, ketchup and 2 tablespoons of water (be careful, as the liquid may splatter). Cook, stirring constantly, 1 to 2 minutes, or until thoroughly combined. Add the cooked chicken. Cook, occasionally spooning the sauce over the chicken, 1 to 2 minutes, or until thoroughly coated. Turn off the heat; season the sauce with salt and pepper to taste.

Plate your dish:
6 Plate your dish:

Divide the mashed sweet potato, cooked Brussels sprouts and finished chicken and sauce between 2 dishes. Garnish the chicken and sweet potato with the green tops of the scallions. Enjoy!

Tips from Home Chefs

1 Prepare the ingredients:

Wash and dry the fresh produce. Heat a small pot of salted water to boiling on high. Peel the sweet potato; halve lengthwise, then cut crosswise into ½-inch-thick pieces.Cut off and discard the stem ends of the Brussels sprouts; halve lengthwise, then thinly slice crosswise. Peel and finely chop the garlic. Cut off and discard the root ends of the scallions; thinly slice, separating the white bottoms and green tops.

2 Cook the Brussels sprouts:

In a medium pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat a drizzle of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the Brussels sprouts; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 4 to 6 minutes, or until lightly browned. Add 1/4 of the garlic and 1/4 of the butter; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, 1 to 2 minutes, or until fragrant. Add 1/4 cup of water and cook, stirring occasionally, 1 to 2 minutes, or until the Brussels sprouts have softened and the water has cooked off. Turn off the heat; season with salt and pepper to taste. Transfer to a plate. Wipe out the pan.

Cook the Brussels sprouts:
Cook & mash the sweet potato:
3 Cook & mash the sweet potato:

While the Brussels sprouts cook, add the sweet potato to the pot of boiling water. Cook 8 to 10 minutes, or until tender when pierced with a fork. Turn off the heat. Drain thoroughly and return to the pot. Add the remaining butter. Using a fork, mash the mixture to your desired consistency. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Set aside in a warm place.

4 Cook the chicken:

Pat the chicken dry with paper towels; season with salt and pepper on both sides. In the same pan, heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the seasoned chicken, skin sides down, and cook 6 to 8 minutes on the first side, or until the skin is golden brown. Flip and cook 3 to 4 minutes, or until lightly browned and cooked through. Leaving any browned bits (or fond) in the pan, transfer to a plate.

Cook the chicken:
Make the sauce & finish the chicken:
5 Make the sauce & finish the chicken:

To the pan of reserved fond, add the white bottoms of the scallions and remaining garlic; season with salt and pepper. (If the pan seems dry, add 1 teaspoon of olive oil.) Cook on medium-high, stirring constantly, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until fragrant. Add the vinegar, molasses, ketchup and 2 tablespoons of water (be careful, as the liquid may splatter). Cook, stirring constantly, 1 to 2 minutes, or until thoroughly combined. Add the cooked chicken. Cook, occasionally spooning the sauce over the chicken, 1 to 2 minutes, or until thoroughly coated. Turn off the heat; season the sauce with salt and pepper to taste.

6 Plate your dish:

Divide the mashed sweet potato, cooked Brussels sprouts and finished chicken and sauce between 2 dishes. Garnish the chicken and sweet potato with the green tops of the scallions. Enjoy!

Plate your dish: