i’m so jazzed to be back in my kitchen. :) and so happy that the warm summer weather seems to have followed us into september. what a perfect excuse to host an impromptu dinner party on a schoolnight.
fennel & blueberries were the feature ingredients for the evening’s culinary experiment. i wasn’t quite sure how these two flavours would work together… but it was like mmmmagic! :)
the roasted fennel:
– the fennel will take approx 30-35min for prep/cooking time, so best to start the fennel before starting the chicken. check out the previous yumyumyummers recipe for roasted fennel. easypeasy recipe and a fantastic side dish with chicken.
(tip: i didn’t have any extra-virgin olive oil or ground black peppercorns in my pantry at the time — shocking, i know! so i substituted them with a bit of unsalted butter and herbes de provence. besides, doesn’t butter make everything delish?)
the blueberry poppyseed chicken:
– heat up 1 tbsp unsalted butter in a large saucepan
– add 5-6 small chicken thighs (boneless) to pan
– season generously w/ herbes de provence
– season w/ 1-2 tsp blue poppyseeds
– add 1 tbsp unsalted butter to pan
– brown chicken on medium heat for a few min on both sides, before adding the other ingredients
– once chicken thighs are almost cooked through (no longer pink inside), add 1/2 cup fresh blueberries & 1/4 cup sheep cheese to pan
– simmer for 1-2min until cheese melts and blueberries are slightly reduced. remove from heat.
(tip: don’t add the blueberries to the pan too early or stir too frequently, or you might end up with purple chicken! and, if your dinner guests aren’t too keen on sheep cheese, you can skip the cheese or add it to only some of the chicken.)
the ruby chard
– heat up 2 tsp unsalted butter in a large wok
– wash & drain 2 bunches of organic ruby chard in colander w/ cold water
– remove stems from chard
– add chard to pan
– sauté for 2-3min until leaves are wilted and a darker shade of green
– plate 2-3 small pieces of blueberry poppyseed chicken
– add a generous portion of sauteed ruby chard & roasted fennel on the side
– pairs well w/ your fave (not-too-sweet) riesling