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Chicken and Sweetpotato Stew with Scallion Salsa Verde

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Chicken and Sweetpotato Stew with Scallion Salsa Verde

This stew is a little Latin, a little East Indian, and all yum. The vernal sauce that’s spooned on top—a combo of COOC-certified California extra virgin olive oil, lime juice, scallions, and herbs—provides just the right amount of brightness to complement the hearty stew.

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Chicken and Sweetpotato Stew with Scallion Salsa Verde

Serves 4 to 6

Ingredients:
2 cups chicken broth, or more as desired
1/2 cup uncooked green lentils
6 tablespoons olive oil, ideally COOC-certified California extra virgin olive oil, divided
1 onion, cut into 1/2-inch dice
1/2 red bell pepper, cut into 1/2-inch dice
1 1/4 pounds orange- or yellow-fleshed sweetpotatoes, or a combination, cut into 1-inch dice
2 teaspoons chili powder
2 teaspoons ground coriander
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon salt, or more to taste
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, or more to taste
1 1/4 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts, thighs, or a combination, cut into 1-inch dice
One 14.5- to 15-ounce can garbanzo beans, drained
1 or 2 limes
2 scallions, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
1 serrano chile, stemmed, seeded, and minced
About 1/2 cup plain yogurt or sour cream, for serving

Instructions:

  1. In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, combine the broth and lentils and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, cover, and cook for 8 minutes. Remove from the heat and set aside (the lentils won’t be fully cooked).

  2. While the lentils are cooking, in a large saucepan or small stockpot over medium-high heat, warm 2 tablespoons of the oil. Add the onion and bell pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, for 2 minutes. Add the sweetpotatoes, chili powder, coriander, cumin, salt, and black pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, for 2 minutes. Add the chicken and cook, stirring occasionally, until the chicken and sweetpotatoes are lightly browned, about 5 minutes.

  3. Add the garbanzos and the broth and lentil mixture, scraping up any browned bits in the saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat, reduce to a simmer, and cover. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the sweetpotatoes and lentils are tender and the chicken is cooked through, about 12 minutes. (If the mixture seems too thick, add more broth as desired.)

  4. Meanwhile, finely zest one of the limes. Squeeze the zested lime and the additional lime if necessary to yield 2 tablespoons of juice. In a small bowl, combine the zest, juice, scallions, cilantro, parsley, chile, and remaining 1/4 cup of oil. Add salt to taste and set aside.

  5. Taste the stew and add more salt and/or pepper to taste. Serve garnished with the yogurt and salsa verde, with any remaining salsa verde on the side.

Recipe developed in partnership with the California Olive Oil Council

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Grilled Sweetpotato Tacos with Queso Fresco and Cucumber-Tomato Salsa

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Grilled Sweetpotato Tacos with Queso Fresco and Cucumber-Tomato Salsa

Grilled sweetpotato wedges are delicious alongside burgers, hot dogs, or anything else off the grate, but they’re also great as a featured ingredient in tacos, salads, and sandwiches. Here, they’re dusted with Mexican spices, then tucked into tortillas and topped with creamy cheese, crunchy lettuce, and fresh salsa. Add a watermelon wedge or a side of grilled peppers, and you’ve got a near-perfect summer meal!

Grilled Sweetpotato Tacos with Queso Fresco and Cucumber-Tomato Salsa

Grilled Sweetpotato Tacos with Queso Fresco and Cucumber-Tomato Salsa

Serves 4

Ingredients:
2 to 3 limes, divided
1 cup 1/4-inch diced tomatoes
1/2 cup 1/4-inch diced cucumber
1/4 cup 1/4-inch diced red onion
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
1 jalapeno, stemmed, seeded, and minced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 pound yellow- or orange-fleshed sweetpotatoes, cut lengthwise into 3/4-inch wedges
1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
Eight 6- or 8-inch corn or flour tortillas
3/4 cup crumbled queso fresco (see notes)
1 cup shredded iceberg lettuce or green cabbage
Hot sauce, for serving (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Squeeze one or two of the limes to yield 2 tablespoons of juice. In a medium bowl, combine the lime juice, tomatoes, cucumber, onion, cilantro, jalapeno, and garlic. Add salt to taste and set aside. Cut the remaining lime into wedges and set aside.

  2. Heat a grill to medium-high.

  3. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine the sweetpotatoes, oil, salt, coriander, chili powder, and cumin. Wrap the tortillas in foil.

  4. Arrange the sweetpotatoes on the grill and cook until lightly charred and tender, 6 to 8 minutes, turning halfway through. Place the tortillas on a cooler part of the grill and cook until warm, 5 to 8 minutes.

  5. Arrange the tortillas on plates or a platter and top with the sweetpotatoes, queso fresco, lettuce or cabbage, and salsa. Serve with the lime wedges and hot sauce, if using, on the side.

Notes: Look for queso fresco in the Mexican cheese section of your supermarket. If you can’t find it, substitute crumbled feta or goat cheese.

To make this simple recipe even more so, omit the first seven ingredients and the first step of the instructions, and substitute one lime, cut into wedges for serving, and two cups of store bought salsa.

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