Prep 15 mins
Cook 30 mins
This is one of my own combinations using basic middle eastern spices and cooking techniques. The way I like to present it is in preplated fashion with sauce around the plate ...
FOR CHICKEN MARINATION
- 4 chicken breasts, with bone
- 200 g yellow onions
- 15 g chopped ginger
- 15 g chopped garlic
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
- 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1⁄2 teaspoon turmeric
- 1 teaspoon cracked cumin
- 1 teaspoon ground coriander
- 1⁄2 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
- 1⁄4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 20 ml lemon juice
- 1⁄2 teaspoon lemon, zest of
- 200 g yukon gold potatoes
- 100 g baby spinach leaves
- 15 g ginger (finely chopped)
- 50 g leeks (finely chopped)
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 50 ml buttermilk
- 200 ml chicken broth
- 1 shallot, finely chopped
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch (dissolved)
- 1⁄4 teaspoon saffron strand (toasted and crushed)
- 15 ml frozen butter
- Finely chop yellow onion in a food processor with ginger and garlic; add all the dry spices and the chopped parsley with salt to the food processor.
- Score the chicken breasts with a sharp knife and apply marinade generously (this can be done the night ahead and allowed to sit in the fridge--it makes the chicken to absorb all the flavours and will make it more juicy when cooked).
- In a hot pan or a skillet roast every breast of chicken skin side down to get a golden color and then allow to cook in the oven for about 12-15 minutes.
- On the side prepare a sauce using the same pan add chopped shallots and deglaze the pan using white wine or lemon juice or just the chicken broth.
- Add the saffron allow to simmer for about 15 minutes and thicken with cornstarch check for seasoning.
- Finish with a 1 tablespoon of frozen butter (keep warm).
- SMASHED POTATOES:-.
- Boil potatoes in a large stock pot with sufficient liquid to cover the cover it completely till completely cooked.
- In a pan heat butter and add ginger, garlic and leeks and sauté till translucent.
- Add the buttermilk and allow to come up to temperature (do not boil as buttermilk will split).
- When potatoes are completely cooked, drain and allow to sit for 5 minutes.
- Add the buttermilk mixture an spinach leaves and mash with a potato masher.
- Season with salt.
- Scoop a portion of potatoes with a ice-cream mould or cookie cutter in the center of the plate.
- Place chicken breast on top.
- Drizzle sauce over the chicken breast and all over the plate.
- Could garnish with a fresh sprig of parsley or cilantro.
Finally got to make it today as I was not able to lay my hands on any leeks. Unable to wait any longer, used the green part of spring onions as a compromise. Pan roasted the chicken instead of putting it into the oven. Then deglazed the pan with some wine and the broth and the result was excellent. Everyone loved it. Thank you. :) Fay
Wow! This is just lovely. The chicken, which I marinated overnight in the refrigerator, is moist and well-seasoned. The saffron sauce is delicious, and adds another layer of flavor. The potatoes with spinach are comfort-food at it's best. That said, this was a bit of an adventure, trying to get everything done at the same time. I used boneless chicken breasts, cut them into smallish pieces and pan-fried them until done, thus dispensing of the oven. There is garlic mentioned in the seasoning for the potatoes, that is not included in the ingredient list. I substituted some garlic chives for both the garlic and leek. Overall, we had a very enjoyable and memorable meal. Thank you very much for sharing this recipe with us.