Mahogany Broiled Chicken with Smoky Lime Sweet Potatoes and Cilantro Chimichurri 
This grand prize-winning recipe, submitted by Camilla Saulsbury of Bloomington, Indiana, was selected by the 15 professional judges at the 46th National Chicken Cooking Contest Cook-Off in Charlotte, North Caroline on May 13, 2005.
  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast halves, cut in 1-inch cubes
  • 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
  • 2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cut in 1/2 inch pieces
  • 2 tablespoons 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
  •      In small bowl, mix together chopped cilantro, olive oil, minced garlic, 1/4 teaspoon of the salt and 1/4 teaspoon of the pepper; set aside. In 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. In heavy saucepan, place sweet potatoes and 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 colander. 

        Return potatoes to reserved cooking water and add butter, chipotle pepper, adobo sauce, remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons lime juice, cumin, lime zest, remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and remaining 1/8 teaspoon 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. 

        To serve, divide potatoes among 4 plates; top each with 2 skewers of chicken and drizzle with cilantro chimichurri sauce. Garnish with cilantro sprigs. 

        Makes 4 servings.


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