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Spicy Peruvian Roast Chicken with Sweet Potatoes & Cilantro-Feta Salsa.

  • 1 lb
    chicken thighs, boneless skinless
  • 1 small bunch
    cilantro
  • ½ (4 oz) pkg
    crumbled feta cheese
  • 2 cloves
    garlic
  • 1
    jalapeño pepper
  • 1
    lime
  • 1 lb
    sweet potato
  •  
    black pepper
  •  
    brown sugar
  •  
    cayenne pepper
  •  
    cumin
  •  
    extra virgin olive oil
  •  
    oregano
  •  
    salt
  • 1
    Preheat oven to 425°F. Position racks in the upper and lower thirds of the oven. Line a baking sheet pan with aluminum foil.
  • 2
    Wash and dry the fresh produce.
    1 lb sweet potato
    1 lime
    1 jalapeño pepper
    1 small bunch cilantro
  • 3
    Peel and slice sweet potatoes into ½-inch thick rounds. Place in a medium bowl, drizzle with oil, and season with salt and pepper. Toss to coat.
    1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
    ⅛ tsp salt
    ⅛ tsp black pepper
  • 4
    Arrange sweet potatoes on the baking sheet in a single layer. Place on the lower rack of the oven and bake, flipping halfway through, until fork-tender, 20-25 minutes.
  • 5
    Meanwhile, zest and juice half the lime into the bowl used for the sweet potatoes. Set remaining lime aside.
  • 6
    Peel and mince garlic. Add to the bowl along with oil, sugar, and spices. Stir to combine the spice paste.
    1 clove garlic
    1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
    ¾ tsp brown sugar
    ¾ tsp cumin
    ¼ tsp oregano
    ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
    ¼ tsp salt
  • 7
    Preheat an ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat.
  • 8
    While the skillet heats up, pat chicken thighs dry with paper towels and add to the bowl with the spice paste; turn to coat.
    1 lb chicken thighs, boneless skinless
  • 9
    Once the skillet is hot, add oil and swirl to coat the bottom. Add chicken and cook on one side until golden brown and caramelized, 4-5 minutes. Flip and cook for 1 minute more, then remove from heat (the chicken will not be cooked all the way through).
    2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 10
    Transfer the skillet to the upper rack of the oven and roast until chicken is cooked through, about 10 minutes.
  • 11
    Meanwhile, juice remaining lime into a small bowl.
  • 12
    Quarter jalapeño pepper lengthwise; seed and remove ribs with a spoon. Mince and add to the bowl with the lime juice. (Be careful, with jalapeños, do not touch your eyes and ensure you wash your hands after handling or wear gloves while preparing.)
  • 13
    Shave cilantro leaves off the stems; discard stems and mince the leaves. Add to the bowl.
  • 14
    Peel and mince additional garlic. Add to the bowl along with feta, oil, sugar, cumin, and salt. Stir to combine the salsa.
    1 clove garlic
    ½ (4 oz) pkg crumbled feta cheese
    2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
    ½ tsp brown sugar
    ½ tsp cumin
    ⅛ tsp salt
  • 15
    To serve, divide sweet potatoes and chicken between plates. Spoon salsa over chicken and enjoy!