Roasted Chicken on Brussel Sprout Hash with Mustard Cream Sauce

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This was a really fun Fall meal. I realize a lot of people don’t care for burssel sprouts but this is a wonderful way to prepare them that makes a tremendous meal. Who knows, once you try this dish you may reconsider your disdain for brussel sprouts. It really is good and my kids (granted they’re all grown now) will even eat this.

We’re still in the 80s in DFW. It’s 88 F today and we’re in November! They said a cold front is moving in but we will see. If it weren’t for the available foods, you wouldn’t know it was Fall. I really love the fall because the weather gets cooler, there’s a chill in the air in the mornings and some dew on the ground. The leaves start to change from green to yellow, orange and red, just a starburst of color. In fact, Fall may be my most favorite time of the year. With the ridiculous temperatures we are experiencing, however, the leaves are beginning to turn but we won’t get that beautiful burst of color. Instead, there will be a lot of brown and just empty branches because the trees are just as confused as we are. Nonetheless, the Fall Harvest is in and all the bounty that comes with it. That means brussel sprouts are in season. 🙂

Now, I love brussel sprouts. I have since I was a young boy. They remind me of little baby cabbages. Although cooked they taste similar to cabbage, brussels sprouts have a denser texture and milder flavor. Unlike cabbage, eaten raw, brussels sprouts are very bitter, so they are best served blanched, steamed, boiled or braised. Also, a 1/2 cup serving of cooked brussels sprouts contains only 28 calories with no fat or cholesterol. That’s why I don’t feel guilty by adding bacon and other fixins to brussel sprouts. 😀

This dish came about because I had recently purchased some very nice brussel sprouts at the market and I also had some chicken thighs. With Quickstep gone, Baby Lady and I are trying to work on smaller portion size and reduce some of the carbs from our diet. Some days it works; other days, not so much. Regardless, this seemed like a wonderful idea for a meal and it was. The skin on the chicken crisped up beautifully, the diced bacon smoothed out the brussel sprouts and the braised onions with vinegar gave a nice little brightness to the dish, all topped with a creamy mustard sauce and chopped, toasted pistachio nuts for another layer of flavor and texture. This is one flavorful dish that you owe it to yourself to try. There were enough brussel sprouts remaining for breakfast but that is another post for another day. 😉


For the Brussel Sprout Hash

  • 3 Tbsp rendered bacon fat
  • 1/2 white onion, diced
  • 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 1/2 pounds brussels sprouts, trimmed and chopped
  • 1/2 lb bacon, diced
  • 1 cup water
  • Salt & fresh ground black pepper, to taste

For the Mustard Cream Sauce

  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1/4 cup cream
  • 2 Tbsp Dijon mustard

For the Chicken

  • 2 chicken thighs
  • Sea salt & fresh ground black pepper to taste


For the Brussel Sprouts Hash

Add bacon to a chef’s pan and cook over medium-high heat

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Cook bacon until it is crisp. Remove from pan. Drain all of the bacon drippings but 1 Tbsp from the pan. Add the diced onions to the pan.

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Cook the onions until they begin to turn a golden brown color. Now add the vinegar.

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Then the garlic

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Reduce heat and cook until virtually all of the liquid is gone.

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Remove from pan and set aside. Roughly 6 minutes prior to removing the chicken from the oven, add 2 Tbsp of the bacon grease to the chef’s pan and add the chopped brussel sprouts.

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Toss to coat with the bacon grease and cook for 2 – 3 minutes. Add 1/2 cup of water

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Reduce heat to medium-low and steam brussel sprouts for 6 minutes. When tender but still nicely green, add the bacon

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and the onions

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Toss to incorporate and increase heat to high to heat through stirring frequently.

For the Chicken

Season the chicken thighs with salt and pepper. Heat a heavy bottom skillet (preferably cast iron skillet) over medium-high heat. When hot, add the seasoned chicken to the skillet skin side down.

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Cook the chicken until the skin has browned, roughly 4 – 5 minutes, being careful not to burn it. When done, flip to sear the other side.

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After 2 – 3 minutes, place skillet in a preheated 350 F oven and finish chicken in the oven, roughly 20 minutes. When done, remove from oven and let rest 3 minutes.

For the Mustard Cream Sauce

Add 1 cup of chicken stock to a small saucepan over medium-high heat.

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Cook over medium-high heat until reduced to 1/2 cup. Add 2 Tbsp dijon mustard.

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Stir to incorporate. Now, add 1/4 cup of heavy cream.

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Reduce heat and simmer over medium heat until you reach your desired consistency. Remove from heat, cover and move to a warm place on an unlit back burner until ready.

To Plate

Place a 4 inch ring mold in the middle of a plate. Spoon sauce into ring mold filling bottom

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Spoon brussel sprout hash into ring mold filling it completely

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Remove ring mold and place chicken thigh on top of brussel sprout hash

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Top with mustard cream sauce

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Finish with chopped toasted pistachio nuts

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Serve & Enjoy

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24 thoughts on “Roasted Chicken on Brussel Sprout Hash with Mustard Cream Sauce”

      1. Agreed, beautiful photo and another delicious recipe…I’m partial to anything with mustard. 🙂 I know we don’t send you anywhere near the traffic that Foodgawker would Richard, but we’re going to keep trying! And we very much appreciate your high standard of photography, and know a good photo is important. But we’re so happy to be able to share your recipes with people who care more about the food they eat than lighting exposure or composition. 🙂 So thanks for sharing with us!

        1. Thanks, Patty. We’re always glad you like our food and love submitting our recipes to Chowstalker. 🙂 Insofar as traffic to the site is concerned, Foodgawker has published 3 of 47 photos I have submitted and there is no rhyme or reason to what is accepted. What is overexposed one day is underexposed the next. It all depends upon who is reviewing your photo. We have gotten a total of 265 verifiable hits from Foodgawker, with 200 of them from one recipe (a sandwich). We get, on average, 200+ verifiable hits from Chowstalker. 🙂 So, you may not realize just how many people use your site to find recipes and foodblogs.

  1. I’m not a big fan of brussel sprouts and have never had them chopped before. It may be something to try, as the only brussel sprouts I really liked were stir-fried with gravy. Picking the leaves was a LOT of work though.
    Nice pictures! I bet Conor will get a kick out of the drop of cream…

    1. Hi, Stefan. We have a brussel sprout salad,, that uses the whole leaf. You’re right. It’s whole lot of work but it makes a beautiful presentation and is tasty. We like chopping them or shredding them because you can incorporate so much flavor into the brussel sprout in that fashion. Inasmuch as you have a deep fat fryer, you probably should try fried brussel sprouts. American Chef, Michael Symon, makes them at his restaurant, Lola Bistro, in Cleveland. Supposedly, they are remarkably good.

  2. Too right Stefan. I love a good pouring shot, as you know.
    Richard, I am not a fan of sprouts. I recall gagging on one as a child (a waterlogged, overcooked one) and have had little desire to try them since. However, you are pushing me back towards the edge. I guess I will have to face my fears and I undertake to cook something featuring them between now and Christmas. This looks fantastic, not withstanding the sprouts.

    1. Hi, Conor. Glad you like the photo. Baby Lady is the one who caught the pouring shot. We like brussel sprouts and understand people who don’t. I have found, however, that there are things I did not particularly care for that someone made in a different way and I liked it. One of our favorite brussel sprout dishes is the salad I mentioned in the reply to Stefan above. I have served it to people who really didn’t care for brussel sprouts and they asked for the recipe. Now, if you don’t like brussel sprouts or bleu cheese, then you won’t like it at all. 😮

    1. Thanks, Karen. These were very good. The mustard cream sauce adds just a touch of umaminess to the dish with a little more brightness to add to the vinegar in the brussel sprouts.

  3. I love brussels sprouts, this veggie most people stay away from but with bacon I am done.Richard you just made it extra special with crispy chicken skin and mustard sauce!

  4. Just last night I prepared brussel sprouts with my dinner and would have gladly given this recipe a try. Love the use of vinegar and the mustard sauce. I guess I’ll just have to buy more sprouts — and that’s a good thing. Thanks, Richard.

  5. Love a sprouts and the green bulb and I had a good reconciliation a while back, alongside some crispy bacon and onion too. Love!

    As for deep fried Brussel sprouts, my favourite argentine BBQ joint does a dish with just charred lentils and these deeply dark and smokey sprouts. Incredible! So I can vouch for the tastiness!

    1. Hmmm…I don’t know how I missed your comment but I did. 😦 Do you think you can either get the recipe for those sprouts or recreate them on your blog? I would love to see that recipe!

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