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Winner Winter Comfort Food

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

January 2019, has not started off well for way too many Americans, so we elected to include an easy, nutrient-dense, fairly inexpensive, comfort food dinner recipe from an especially talented culinary artist who describes herself as a chocolate, bacon, wine loving, healthy, pragmatic, locavore, omnivore, culinary nerd…our kind of girl.

This week's Tasty Tuesday includes Kate Webster’s healthy seasonal recipe for her fabulous chicken and Brussels sprouts sheet pan dinner.

Winter Winner, Chicken and Brussels Sprouts Sheet Pan Dinner!


2 cups water or chicken broth

1 cup brown and wild rice blend

4 cups trimmed and halved Brussels sprouts

4 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided

1 teaspoons Herbes de Provence blend, divided

1 teaspoon coarse kosher salt, divided

4 boneless, skinless chicken thighs, trimmed (1 to 1 ½ pounds)

1 teaspoon paprika

2 tablespoons pure maple syrup, preferably dark robust

1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard 

Freshly ground black pepper to taste

Kate’s Directions

Turn up the oven to 400 or 425 degrees (depending on your oven). You need a hot oven so that the veggies and chicken can caramelize a little bit.

Trim the woody stalk ends of the Brussels sprouts off, and cut them in half, especially if they are large. Toss the Brussels sprouts with oil, dried herbs, and salt and pepper. Spread those out on a sheet pan.

Next, season the boneless skinless chicken thighs with salt, pepper, more herbs and a bit of paprika for color. You’ll need to add some oil to get the spice mixture to coat evenly. Then tuck the chicken pieces back into neat little thigh shapes, and arrange among the Brussels sprouts.

Pop it in the oven and then you’ve got about a half hour to get other stuff done.

I found that I needed to supplement this sheet pan recipe with a side of rice so I added it right into the recipe for you. I used a brown and wild rice blend and got that going right at the get go, since brown rice blends also take 40 minutes or so. Just follow the instructions on the package.

To finish off the chicken and brussels sprouts sheet pan dinner, I drizzled on a combo of Dijon, balsamic and pure maple syrup a few minutes before removing the sheet pan from the oven. This adds the acidity and sweetness needed for lucious depths of flavor.

If you like, you can double this recipe for make-ahead meals divided into serving portions. They reheat nicely because chicken thighs don’t dry out when they are reheated.

Enjoy, breath deep, stay warm, stay calm, focus on hope, and never ever give up on our country.   

Ellen Troyer, with David Amess and the Biosyntrx staff

Our maple syrup-loving cook book collectors will want to purchase a copy of Kate's inspirational and educational, “Maple: 100 Sweet and Savory Recipes Featuring Pure Maple Syrup.

It’s maple season year-round with this attractive cookbook by recipe developer, blogger and magazine writer Katie Webster…. For those who would only pour the sweet stuff over pancakes, Webster opens up a whole new world. Vermont Life