Asian-inspired yam and chicken easy-peasy dinner!

Getting home later than expected tonight from work, but still wanting to have a good meal and completely hung up on the fact that I bought yams this week, I Googled ‘mashed yams and chicken’ and found this little gem: Mashed Yams and Sesame Soy Citrus Chicken.

A quick read through the recipe revealed it had just a few ingredients, and an even quicker look in the cupboards revealed I had nearly all of them: WINNING!

The recipe calls to bake the yams and then mash.  I boiled in the interest of time, then added a bit of butter, salt and pepper (no lemon pepper, unfortunately didn’t have any).  I put the yam (just one of them, it was only me!) on to boil first after cutting it up into small pieces (about 2cm square) and by the time they were soft enough to mash, the chicken was done as well!

The recipe also calls to make some yummy looking roast veggies.  Again, I didn’t want to wait for veggies (sorry Mom!) so I skipped those for a quicker meal.  However, thinking about it now, I would definitely add some broccoli, carrot and bell pepper to liven things up a bit.  I would not, however, add onion, as the taste is awesome enough already!

Sesame Soy Citrus Sauce

Note: I halved this and it was enough for one chicken breast and a bit of sauce for the yams.  Make the whole amount if you want to add some veggies with the chicken (would be enough for two people) or if you want to make enough chicken for two!

Scant 1/8 C sesame oil

Scant 1/8 C soy sauce

1/3 C lemon or lime juice

1 T garlic, minced (about 3-4 medium cloves)

1 T agave


Lemon pepper (if you have it!)

Mix everything together in a pan, add diced chicken (and veggies) and sautee until the chicken is cooked through and the sauce is thickened and almost gone.  The chicken will be nicely coloured.

The zing of the lemon/lime juice, coupled with the sweet agave and the salty soy was a perfect match!  I was surprised, as I didn’t think citrus would go with yams, but it complemented the starch perfectly.  I will definitely make this again!

Oh, and there’s no picture, I ate it all way too fast ;)

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