Max's specialty chicken chop with sage and baby spinach mashed potatoes

  • Preparation Time30 mins
  • Cooking Time25 mins
  • Serves4
  • DifficultyMedium

For the natural jus

475ml reduced chicken stock
60g unsalted butter
1 tbsp chopped fresh thyme
1 tbsp fine salt
1/2 tbsp freshly ground black pepper

For the sage and baby spinach mashed potatoes

8 peeled potatoes
120ml double cream
110g melted butter
60ml buttermilk
1 tbsp chopped fresh sage leaves
170g baby spinach
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

For the chicken

4 (400g) chicken breasts
6 large eggs
60ml sour cream
60ml Dijon mustard
2 tbsps chopped fresh parsley leaves
1 tbsp chopped fresh thyme leaves
4 cloves garlic, chopped
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
200g japanese bread crumbs
Seasoned flour, for dredging
Vegetable oil, for frying
Sage and baby spinach mashed potatoes, recipe follows
Natural jus, recipe follows
For the natural jus:
1) In a medium saucepan, bring the reduced chicken stock to a boil.
2) Whisk in the butter, thyme, salt, and pepper until combined. Remove from heat.

For the sage and baby spinach mashed potato:
1) In a large pot, boil the potatoes until soft, then drain.

2) In a separate small pot heat the cream, butter, salt, and pepper on medium heat until warm.

3) In a large bowl combine the drained potatoes and the heated cream mixture, whip until smooth. Add the buttermilk, sage and baby spinach. Stir potatoes until the spinach is lightly wilted.

For the chicken:
1) Preheat the oven to 150 degrees C. Remove the skin and bones from the chicken breasts, leaving the wing bone attached.

2) In a large bowl whisk together the eggs, sour cream, mustard, parsley, thyme, garlic, salt, and pepper. Coat the chicken in the seasoned flour and then in the egg mixture. Press the dredged chicken into the bread crumbs.

3) Fry the breaded chicken in a deep-fryer until golden brown, about 10 minutes.

4) Remove the chicken from the fryer and roast in the oven for 15 minutes.

5) Place the cooked chicken on top of the sage and baby spinach mashed potatoes. Serve with natural jus poured around the potatoes.

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