CHICKEN BREASTS + RED CACAO SAUCE
Recipe Creator : Tess Ward
Book Credit: The Naked Chef
Photography: Columbus Leth
2 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts
500ml chicken stock
Big pinch of sea salt handful of coriander leaves, to serve
50g sesame seeds
1 tablespoon runny honey
pinch of fine sea salt
cooked brown rice
Red Cacao Sauce
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1⁄2 teaspoon ground cumin 1⁄2 teaspoon spicy smoked paprika
1 onion, finely chopped 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
220g tin tomatoes
8 coriander stalks, chopped 1 pitted date
1 tablespoon raw cacao powder
1 tablespoon smooth cashew nut butter
1 tablespoon lime juice
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
To make the sesame brittle, preheat the oven to 180°C/ Gas Mark 4 and line a baking sheet with greased baking paper. In a bowl, mix the sesame seeds and honey together until the seeds are well coated and season. Tip the mixture onto the baking sheet and spread out in a thin, even layer.
Bake for 10–12 minutes, until golden brown. Take care not to over-cook. Leave to cool, then break into chunks.
Meanwhile, put the chicken breasts in a pan and add enough stock to cover them. Add the salt, bring to the boil over a medium-high heat, then reduce the heat to low, cover and simmer gently for 8–10 minutes. Then remove the chicken and keep warm, reserving the liquid.
Serve the chicken on a mound of brown rice. Spoon over some red cacao sauce and top with some sesame brittle and coriander leaves.
Red Cacao Sauce
Melt the coconut oil in a frying pan, add the cumin and paprika and cook, stirring frequently. This should take a couple of minutes. Add the onion and a couple pinches of salt and cook until softened. Add the garlic and cook for another couple of minutes.
Add the tomatoes and cook for 5 minutes, then season and transfer to a blender. Add the coriander stalks, date, cacao powder, cashew nut butter, lime juice and 2 tablespoons of the reserved poaching liquid. Blend on high, adding more poaching liquid to achieve the desired consistency.
Lean cuts like chicken breast call out to be paired with strong flavours. This superfood-packed sauce does just that, adding spice, depth and tomato richness to this simple meat. It is wonderful with the addition of the sesame snap, for added crunch and a little subtle sweetness.