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Braised Chicken Harvest Plate

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Ingredients (12)

  • 2 bottles Blue Moon Harvest Moon Pumpkin Ale
  • 2 Tbsp. Honey
  • 8 medium chicken thighs, skin on
  • 2 Tbsp. cooking oil
  • 1 Tbsp. butter
  • 12 medium shitake mushrooms, sliced thinly sliced
  • 1 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 1 cup apple juice
  • 2 Tbsp. flour
  • 1 large sweet potato, peeled and cut in 1/2" rounds then halved
  • 1/2# baby carrots
  • 1/3 cup fresh mint finley chopped, plus 4 sprigs for garnish

The recipe is a combination of my favorite Fall, well paired ingredients. I recently learned how to reduce beer, for a sauce or glaze. I love it!!!
Blue Moon Harvest Moon Pumpkin Ale has all the flavors for a Fall dish. The spices are well balanced and make a great base for any gourmet dish one could create.
This meal just sings in harmony!

Instructions

  1. 11. In 2 quart saucepan simmer 2 bottles Blue Moon Harvest Moon Pumpkin Ale. Do not boil. Simmer 25-30 minutes until reduced.
    2. Meanwhile, clean and slice thinly 12 shitake mushrooms. Set aside.
    3. Finley chop 1/3 cup fresh mint. Set aside. Reserve 4 sprigs for garnish
    4. Peel and cut sweet potato into 1/2" rounds. Cut each round in half,set aside in small bowl with carrots.
    5. Preheat oven to 400’.
    6. Heat oil in large saute pan. Add chicken thighs, skin side down. Sear until crispy and browned. Turn and cook underside 5 minutes.
    7. Remove chicken to plate and drain oil from pan. Add butter, balsamic vinegar and mushrooms. Saute mushrooms while loosening crusty bottom from pan until tender.
    8. At this time, beer should be reduced. Add honey and continue to simmer 2 minutes in saucepan, stirring until combined making a nice glaze.
    9. Add glaze to saucepan, reserving 1/3 cup in saucepan for vegetables. Combine well and bring to simmer.
    10. In small bowl combine apple juice with flour until smooth.
    11. Add to sauce. Stir and cook 3-5 minutes until thickened and smooth. Add chopped mint, reserving 1 Tbsp. for sprinkle on vegetable.
    12. Place chicken in pan leaving skin uncovered.
    13. Cook in preheated oven 45 minutes.
    14. Meanwhile, steam sweet potato and carrots on stove-top until tender, about 10-15 minutes. Remove from heat and keep covered.
    15. To plate; serve 2 thighs on each plate topped with an equal portion of sauce. Pile vegetables and sprinkle fresh chopped mint.
    16. Drizzle reserved glaze down center of vegetables and inside rim of plate.
    17. Garnish vegetable portion with fresh sprig of mint. Serve hot!
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