Sweet & Spicy Chicken with Sesame-Roasted Potatoes & Kale

Sweet & Spicy Chicken

with Sesame-Roasted Potatoes & Kale

35 MIN
$13.94/serving 4 Servings
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    Umami (or savory) flavors abound in this wholesome dish, thanks to a coating of spicy gochujang on our roasted potatoes, the citrusy ponzu used to dress tender kale, and the rich black bean-chile and butter pan sauce spooned over simply seared chicken.
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    Sweet & Spicy Chicken with Sesame-Roasted Potatoes & Kale
    Title
    • 4 Flank Steaks
    • 1¼ lbs Potatoes
    • 2 Scallions
    • 2 Tbsps Rice Vinegar
    • ¾ lb Kale
    • 1 tsp Black & White Sesame Seeds
    • ⅓ cup Savory Black Bean-Chile Sauce
    • 3 Tbsps Asian-Style Sautéed Aromatics
    • 1 Tbsp Sesame Oil
    • 2 Tbsps Crème Fraîche
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    Prepare the ingredients
    1 Prepare the ingredients

    Place an oven rack in the center of the oven; preheat to 450°F. Wash and dry the fresh produce. Large dice the potatoes. Separate the kale leaves from the stems; discard the stems, then roughly chop the leaves. Thinly slice the scallions, separating the white bottoms and hollow green tops.

    Roast the potatoes
    2 Roast the potatoes

    Place the diced potatoes on a sheet pan; drizzle with the sesame oil and with salt and pepper. Toss to coat; arrange in an even layer. Roast 24 to 26 minutes, or until browned and tender when pierced with a fork. Remove from the oven.

    Cook the kale
    3 Cook the kale

    Meanwhile, in a large pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat the sautéed aromatics on medium-high until hot. Add the chopped kale and sliced white bottoms of the scallions; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 3 to 4 minutes, or until slightly wilted. Add 1/2 cup of water (carefully, as the liquid may splatter). Cook, stirring occasionally, 3 to 4 minutes, or until the kale is wilted and the water has cooked off. Transfer to a bowl and cover with foil to keep warm. Wipe out the pan.

    Cook the steaks
    4 Cook the steaks

    Pat the steaks dry with paper towels; season with salt and pepper on both sides. In the same pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat a drizzle of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the seasoned steaks. Cook 3 to 5 minutes per side for medium-rare (125°F), or until browned and cooked to your desired degree of doneness.* Leaving any browned bits (or fond) in the pan, transfer to a cutting board and let rest at least 5 minutes.

    *The USDA recommends a minimum safe cooking temperature of 145°F for steak. Cook the steaks an additional 2 to 3 minutes to achieve this.

    Make the pan sauce & serve your dish
    5 Make the pan sauce & serve your dish

    To the pan of reserved fond, add the vinegar (carefully, as the liquid may splatter), black bean-chile sauce, and 1/4 cup of water. Cook on medium-high, stirring frequently and scraping up any fond, 1 to 3 minutes, or until slightly thickened. Turn off the heat; stir in the crème fraîche until combined. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. Find the lines of muscle (or grain) on the rested steaks; slice crosswise against the grain. Serve the sliced steaks with the cooked kale and roasted potatoes. Top the steaks with the pan sauce. Garnish with the sliced green tops of the scallions and sesame seeds. Enjoy! 

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    Prepare the ingredients
    1 Prepare the ingredients

    Place an oven rack in the center of the oven; preheat to 450°F. Wash and dry the fresh produce. Large dice the potatoes. Separate the kale leaves from the stems; discard the stems, then roughly chop the leaves. Thinly slice the scallions, separating the white bottoms and hollow green tops.

    2 Roast the potatoes

    Place the diced potatoes on a sheet pan; drizzle with the sesame oil and with salt and pepper. Toss to coat; arrange in an even layer. Roast 24 to 26 minutes, or until browned and tender when pierced with a fork. Remove from the oven.

    Roast the potatoes
    Cook the kale
    3 Cook the kale

    Meanwhile, in a large pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat the sautéed aromatics on medium-high until hot. Add the chopped kale and sliced white bottoms of the scallions; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 3 to 4 minutes, or until slightly wilted. Add 1/2 cup of water (carefully, as the liquid may splatter). Cook, stirring occasionally, 3 to 4 minutes, or until the kale is wilted and the water has cooked off. Transfer to a bowl and cover with foil to keep warm. Wipe out the pan.

    4 Cook the steaks

    Pat the steaks dry with paper towels; season with salt and pepper on both sides. In the same pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat a drizzle of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the seasoned steaks. Cook 3 to 5 minutes per side for medium-rare (125°F), or until browned and cooked to your desired degree of doneness.* Leaving any browned bits (or fond) in the pan, transfer to a cutting board and let rest at least 5 minutes.

    *The USDA recommends a minimum safe cooking temperature of 145°F for steak. Cook the steaks an additional 2 to 3 minutes to achieve this.

    Cook the steaks
    Make the pan sauce & serve your dish
    5 Make the pan sauce & serve your dish

    To the pan of reserved fond, add the vinegar (carefully, as the liquid may splatter), black bean-chile sauce, and 1/4 cup of water. Cook on medium-high, stirring frequently and scraping up any fond, 1 to 3 minutes, or until slightly thickened. Turn off the heat; stir in the crème fraîche until combined. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. Find the lines of muscle (or grain) on the rested steaks; slice crosswise against the grain. Serve the sliced steaks with the cooked kale and roasted potatoes. Top the steaks with the pan sauce. Garnish with the sliced green tops of the scallions and sesame seeds. Enjoy! 

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