Friday, January 18, 2013

East Meets West Dinner

Awe man!  I wanna eat this meal every day forever!  That's how good it is.  Bonus?  It's SO super easy, quick and affordable!  This is an Asian inspired meal that you can make in 30 minutes!

What You Need
5 cloves garlic
Brussels Sprouts
2 Chicken breasts, halved length wise
4 tablespoons brown sugar

Ok here's how you make this full meal deal.

First, mince about 2 cloves of garlic and half of the shallot.  Melt some butter or EVOO over medium heat in a large sauté pan and add in the garlic and shallots.  While that's cooking, remove the stems from the Brussels sprouts and cut them in half.  Once the garlic and onions are fragrant place the halved Brussels sprouts flat side down.  Cover and cook over low to medium heat for about 10-15 minutes. You'll want to brown the flat side to bring out the flavour.

While that's cooking pre-heat your oven to 500*F.  This is when you'll want to start your rice.  I made brown rice (cuz that's what I eat)  I also used chicken stock instead of water to cook the rice in. Delicious.  Get your rice boiling and let it cook.

Next prepare a small square casserole and place the halved chicken breasts evenly in the pan.  Season with salt and pepper. Place casserole to the side.

Mince 3-4 cloves of garlic.  In a small sauté pan heat some EVOO and toss the garlic in and sauté on low heat until tender.  

Once that's done, add in the brown sugar and whisk together.  I know it looks thick but don't worry! (I added too much oil and had an oily sauce when it was done).  

Once the brown sugar has melted spoon 
the garlic sugar mixture over the chicken.  
(See the butter in the bottom of the casserole? Oily)

Place the chicken in the pre-heated oven and cook for 15-30 minutes.  Mine took 20 minutes and they were still a little frozen in the middle when I put them in the oven.  Oh, I also turned on the broiler to finish up the chicken.  Only about five minutes just to caramelize the top a little.

Then plate up.  If you have some sauce from the chicken spoon it over the rice.  I also recommend putting a little soy sauce on the rice.  That blend of sweet from the brown sugar and salty from the soy sauce is deadly delicious!

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