Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Spicy Chicken and Roast Potato Hash

This savory and delicious hash is the final stop for our roast chicken this week. Its not substantially different from the turkey/sweet potato hash about which I wrote last year ... but its good enough to warrant a second look. So good, in fact, that we nearly finished it all last night.

As usual, the amounts and ingredients are flexible here. You can make hash with any number of vegetables so, really, the choice is up to you. We're mainly talking about a technique here, so feel free to vary the protein as well; substituting cooked turkey, beef or even some leftover roast pork if you like.

Spicy Chicken and Roast Potato Hash:
  • 2 or 3 cups herb roasted potatoes, chopped
  • 2 or 3 cups of cooked chicken, chopped or shredded
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 small red onion, peeled and diced
  • 1/2 of a large red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 medium to large poblano pepper, seeded and chopped
  • pinch of Kosher salt and some freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 tsp. fresh thyme
  • 1/4 to 1/2 tsp. Chipotle chile powder, to taste
  • 1/2 tsp. poultry seasoning
  • a grating of fresh nutmeg
  • 1 tsp. butter
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup of non-fat, low sodium chicken broth
  • 4 large eggs, fried or poached, for topping the hash
  • some Green Tobasco Sauce
Chop the roasted potatoes into small chunks and shred or chop the leftover chicken. Heat the oil in a large, non-stick skillet over medium high heat. Add the onions, red peppers and poblano peppers to the skillet, along with a pinch of salt and some freshly ground black pepper, and saute until the vegetables begin to soften, approximately 3 to 4 minutes. Remove the thyme leaves from the stems and add to the pan, stirring to combine. Add the Chipotle powder, the poultry seasoning and some freshly grated nutmeg to the pan and stir to combine.

Add the potatoes, the chicken, 1 tsp. of butter and 1/4 of chicken broth to the pan, stirring well to combine. Cook the hash over medium-high heat until it begins to brown - about 5 to 6 minutes. Using a flat spatula, flip the hash over and press down, as needed, to facilitate the browning process, adding in a bit more chicken broth as needed if it begins to dry out. Continue browning and flipping the hash until well-browned and hot throughout. Taste and adjust the seasonings, adding more of anything you wish. When the has is well-browned, turn the pan to low and keep warm while you poach or fry the eggs.

To serve: plate the hash and top each portion with a poached or fried egg, then drizzle with a bit of Green Tobasco. Serve and enjoy!

Round out the meal with a nice big salad and you can have a quick, healthy, and economical meal on the table in no time flat. A more satisfying meal I cannot imagine ... cooking once and eating twice is the way to go!

Bon appetite!


Anonymous said...


Here's an off topic question for you since you are the mascara lady as well as the south beach lady....what do you know about eyelash extensions? Sound cool but very pricey. Any insights?

Heavenly Housewife said...

Wow, this looks so freakin good!

The Diva on a Diet said...

Dana, funny you should ask ... a friend and I were just discussing eyelash extensions last week. She had been to the hairdresser and her hairdresser had just had them done. Apparently, they looked fantastic. My friend was sorely tempted ... until she found out the price ... $300, at that was at a suburban salon. I can't imagine what they cost in the city?!?

Here's what I do know - be careful about choosing the salon - I've seen good extensions and very bad extensions. The bad ones look like a primary school project and the good ones look lovely and natural. I don't have any first hand knowledge of how long they last ... so some investigative work is necessary on that front.

Are you considering them? If you do it, I'd love to hear about it!

The Diva on a Diet said...

HH - thanks! It really was. We scarffed it down!

words...words...words... said...

OMG this looks good. Good enough to not even wait for leftovers to make.

Ann (Healthy Tasty Chow) said...

Yum, this looks delicious! Just perfect for a comfort food healthy dinner. Mmmmmm:)

The Diva on a Diet said...

words words words - I agree, it is good enough to make all on its own! By the way, do send that butterflied chicken recipe when you get the chance. I'd love to have it. :)

The Diva on a Diet said...

Ann - thanks, and welcome to Beach Eats! I agree, this one's a nice mix of healthy and comforting. Win/win. :)

The Duo Dishes said...

Two in one meals to the rescue. Reuse and recycle. Always good. Ummm, it is true that putting a fried egg on anything savory will change your life.

Anonymous said...

I am considering them or my next round of TV spots that start the week of October 5th. The place I found near me (also suburbs) is $250 and the appointment is 2 hours long!

I'm not sure I'll do it based on the price tag. I have to do a bit of soul searching. I'm considering making a deal with myself that if I lose 10 lbs and don't need to buy a lot of fall clothes that then I can have them....crazy? Yeah, I know.

doggybloggy said...

Julia Child had a saying for this: "Leftovers, or: Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without." I think you got the job done.

The Diva on a Diet said...

Duo - LOL and yes! I've also heard that the egg yolk gives you a shiny coat. ;)

Dana - here's my impractical advice ... screw the 10 pounds and get the lashes if you want them! Yes, they're absurdly spendy, but they're also likely to be fun and really beautiful. If you trust the salon and have seen their finished work, go for it! The 2 hour appt. kind of sucks ... though hopefully means they'll take their time and work carefully.

doggybloggy - I love that saying, particularly as it relates to cooking. So true!

nora@ffr said...

This is absolutely mouth watering yum... a must try!

the twins said...

that looks so good! i love anything with an egg on top =)

Anonymous said...

Excellent dish with the chicken & potato, I love the addition of the chipotle chile powder!

Christie's Corner said...

As to the hash - this sounds like a great way to use leftover chicken. I will skip the egg-topping, but my husband will love that added touch.

As for the eyelash extensions. I did them once in an out-of-character indulgence. They looked great but I tend to sleep on my face and this pulled some of them out. Ouch!

Deb said...

A lovely finish to your roasted bird! I adore chicken in all forms - this looks wonderful but alas there is rarely enough left to manage the hash - I guess I'll have to buy two store birds LOL!