Mahogany Broiled Chicken with Smoky Lime Sweet Potatoes and Cilantro Chimichurri won the grand prize at the National Chicken Cooking Contest.
- 1 cup chopped cilantro leaves
- 6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 3 large cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper, divided
- 5 tablespoons dark brown sugar
- 3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
- 2 tablespoons bottled hoisin sauce
- 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
- 1/2 cup plus 1 1/2 teaspoons lime juice, divided
- 1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast halves, cut into 1-inch cubes
- 2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 teaspoon chopped, canned chipotle pepper
- 1 teaspoon adobo sauce (from canned chipotle)
- 3/4 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon lime zest
- Cilantro sprigs
- To make Cilantro Chimichurri: In a small bowl, mix together chopped cilantro, olive oil, garlic, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper; set aside.
- To make Mahogany Sauce: In a medium bowl, mix together brown sugar, mustard, hoisin sauce and vinegar. Reserve 2/3 of this mixture. To remainder, add 1/2 cup lime juice and stir in chicken; cover and refrigerate.
- Place sweet potatoes in a heavy saucepan; cover with boiling water. Cook, covered, over medium-high heat until tender, about 15 minutes. Reserve 1/4 cup cooking liquid, then drain potatoes in a colander. Return potatoes to reserved liquid; add butter, chipotle pepper, adobo sauce, remaining lime juice, cumin, lime zest, and remaining salt and pepper. Mash potatoes.
- Thread chicken on 8 bamboo skewers that have been soaked in water. Broil about 6 inches from heat, basting with reserved Mahogany Sauce until done, about 8 minutes.
- Divide potatoes among 4 plates; top each with 2 skewers of chicken; drizzle with Cilantro Chimichurri. Garnish with cilantro sprigs.
This recipe originally aired in the June 2005 issue of Heart of the Home.