This week’s theme: It’s in the Bag: Cooking in Parchment from Kayte. Evidently Donna doesn’t cook a lot of food in bags at least not in the books I have. But I did find a couple of ideas on The Splendid Table that looked really good. Like this one.
And it was incredibly easy. Just place some shredded sweet potato on a piece of parchment (making sure it is big enough to fold over all of the food involved) and then on top of that you place a chicken breast. I didn’t want a big piece of chicken so I cut some strips instead of using a whole breast. Then you simply sprinkle with a little za’atar, which I was lucky enough to have some in the spice drawer from another recipe. It’s really not a spice everyone would have in their pantry. Drizzle the chicken etc with some olive oil and wrap the parchment around it all forming a small bag. Bake the package for 12 – 15 minutes at 400°F. Donna suggests serving it with some yogurt and mint leaves.
Okay. This was good. Not great, but good. I only used 1/2 of a large sweet potato. I should have used the whole potato. The za’atar is a Middle Eastern mix of sumac, thyme, whole sesame seeds and salt. I really liked the flavor it added to the chicken.
The only thing I didn’t like about the dish was all the chicken ‘juice’ and oil that accumulated at the bottom of the package. I think I will use less olive oil next time, too.
All that being said I will definitely fix this again. It was tasty.
See more Parchment cooking over at Wednesdays with Donna Hay.