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Pan-Roasted Chicken

Pan-Roasted Chicken with Warm Farro Salad and Buttermilk Dressing

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Not only does this dinner include a dizzyingly delicious array of flavors, it also boasts a combination of craveable textures. Pan-roasting the chicken makes for crisp, golden skin, which balances perfectly with creamy buttermilk dressing, slightly chewy farro, and crunchy cubes of Gala apple. In addition to the regular ingredients of buttermilk and chive, the dressing also features Parmesan cheese and a little tangy mustard. This is a seriously swoon-worthy meal.


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By Chef Andrea

By Chef Andrea

Nutritional info

  • Calories 780
  • Protein 51g
  • Total Carb 74g
  • Total Fat 31g

Given the cook-at-home nature of Plated and natural variation in ingredients, nutritional information is approximated. See details.

Ingredients & Equipment

What we send

  • boneless chicken breasts
    boneless chicken breasts
  • Gala apple
    Gala apple
  • chives
    1/8 ounce
  • lemon
  • shallot
  • farro
    3/4 cup
  • shredded Brussels sprouts
    6 ounces
    shredded Brussels sprouts
  • buttermilk
    3 tablespoons
  • mayonnaise
    2 packets
  • Dijon mustard
    1 packet
    Dijon mustard
  • grated Parmesan cheese
    1/2 ounce
    grated Parmesan cheese
  • dried cherries
    2 tablespoons
    dried cherries

What You’ll Need

  • olive oil
  • kosher salt
  • black pepper
  • 12" large ovenproof pan
  • 8" medium pot with lid

Cooking Steps

  1. Sear chicken

    Sear chicken

    Preheat oven to 425ºF. Pat chicken dry and season all over with ½ teaspoon salt and pepper. Heat a large ovenproof pan over medium heat. Carefully hover your hand a few inches away—when you can easily feel heat, add chicken skin-side down. Sear until skin is golden and easily lifts from pan, 8-9 minutes. Flip and brown on opposite side, 1 minute more. Transfer chicken to a plate. Reserve juices in pan, off heat, for Step 4.

  2. Prepare ingredients

    Prepare ingredients

    While chicken sears, bring a medium pot of water to a boil over high heat. Rinse all produce. Slice off rounded sides of apple, discarding core, then cut into ¼-inch dice. Set aside ¼ cup diced apple in a small bowl and reserve for serving (the remainder gets cooked with the sprouts in Step 4). Thinly slice chives. Halve lemon. Peel shallot, halve, and thinly slice.

  3. Cook farro

    Cook farro

    Season pot of boiling water generously with salt. Stir in farro and cook until tender but still chewy, 12-14 minutes. (Perfectly cooked farro is tender, but still with some chew to it. Taste your farro before you drain it; if you prefer a more tender consistency, keep cooking a few minutes more.) Drain farro and return to pot, off heat, then cover pot to keep warm until Step 6.

  4. Cook sprouts and apple

    Cook sprouts and apple

    While farro cooks, return pan from chicken to medium heat and add 1 tablespoon olive oil. When oil is shimmering, add shallot and cook, stirring, until soft, about 3 minutes. Add Brussels sprouts and remaining diced apple (not ¼ cup set aside) and cook, stirring occasionally, until just beginning to brown, about 8 minutes more. Season with ¼ teaspoon salt and pepper as desired. Remove pan from heat.

  5. Roast chicken

    Roast chicken

    Return chicken to pan skin-side up, nestling into sprouts and apples. Transfer pan to oven and roast until chicken is cooked through and no longer pink, 5-7 minutes. Meanwhile, in a separate small bowl, whisk together buttermilk, mayonnaise, ½ packet mustard (discard remainder), Parmesan, chives, and 1 squeeze lemon juice to make dressing. Taste and season with salt and pepper as desired, then set aside.

  6. Plate pan-roasted chicken

    Plate pan-roasted chicken

    Transfer chicken to serving plates. Add cherries to pan with sprouts and apples, along with farro, and toss to combine. Divide warm farro salad between plates with pan-roasted chicken. Drizzle over buttermilk dressing and garnish with reserved diced apple. Cut remaining lemon into wedges for squeezing over, if desired. Dig in!

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