My family (especially the munchkin) has been all about the chicken lately. I know its typically not the most exciting protein to work with but I actually think its one of the more versatile ingredients out there. It’s the perfect blank canvas for all kinds of spices and techniques, making it a perfect protein for a busy (and opinionated) family. This Honey Chipotle Chicken with Mango Salad and Feijoada Puree (Brazilian black bean stew), inspired by Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown trip to Brazil , was a huge hit with my fam! All this dish needs now is a sandy beach and a
One of the ways I build a chicken recipe these days is to start with one singular ingredient or flavor profile (in this case, the feijoada). Then I add a crunchy salad element, a creamy sauce-like element, and then go to town on flavoring the chicken. The feijoada’s smoky flavor and creamy texture was the perfect counter-profile for a bright and citrusy mango salad. And since both components pack a good amount of flavoring, the chicken needs to be bold. The sweet and smoky honey chipotle marinade seemed like a no brainer for this recipe.
Keep in mind when making this dish that each component will seem overly spiced or seasoned. But dont let that scare you! Eating the salad on it’s own may seem too acidic; or eating the feijoada puree will be too salty; and the chicken will definitely be too spicy on it’s own for some palates. But when eaten together, this Honey Chipotle Chicken dish is harmonious blend of flavors.