Fall is a many-textured season, with the slight chill to the air and the trees shedding their foliage into a beautiful reddish orange blanket for the earth. But nothing speaks to the fall spirit like apples, and specifically apple cider, warm or cold. This dinner will blanket you with its delightful "fall" flavor, a sauce that combines apple cider with sweet honey and tangy mustard perfectly combining with succulent chicken. Sweet potatoes make for that perfect fall side, filling us up for the cold winter to come.
Slice sweet potato into ½" wedges. Place sweet potato on prepared baked sheet and toss with 1 Tbsp. olive oil and chile and cumin rub. Massage oil into potatoes.
Spread into a single layer on one half and roast in hot oven, 15 minutes.
Remove from oven and flip wedges. Sweet potato will finish cooking in a later step.
While potatoes roast, cook chicken.
Cook Chicken and Finish Sweet Potatoes
Pat chicken breasts dry, and season both sides with ¼ tsp. salt and a pinch of pepper. Place a medium non-stick pan over medium-high heat and add 2 tsp. olive oil. Add chicken to hot pan, skin side down, and sear until golden brown, 2-3 minutes per side.
Transfer to empty half of prepared baking sheet, skin side up. Roast until chicken reaches a minimum internal temperature of 165 degrees, 16-17 minutes.
Rest cooked chicken at least 5 minutes. Wipe pan clean and reserve.
While chicken cooks, prepare ingredients
Prepare the Ingredients
Peel and halve shallot. Slice thinly.
Cut butter into four pieces.
Make the Sauce
When chicken has 5 minutes left to cook, return pan used to sear chicken to medium heat and add 1 tsp. olive oil. Add shallots and stir often until softened, 4-5 minutes.
Add apple cider, honey, mustard, and demi-glace, and a pinch of salt and stir to combine. Cook until liquid is reduced by half, 1-2 minutes.
Add butter one piece at a time and stir until combined. Add cooked chicken and flip to coat. Remove from burner.
Finish the Dish
Plate dish as pictured on front of card, spooning sauce over chicken and garnishing chicken with chives. Bon appétit!