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Sumac has become one of my favorite spices, which is kind of funny considering that up until about two years ago I didn’t even know it existed. In case you’ve never used it, it’s a beautifully red powder (made from dried sumac berries) that has a tangy and savory flavor that works great on chicken. I used it here to marinate a good old chicken breast, which I later grilled and served with steamed broccoli, brown butter garlic and lemon almonds and rice. A fantastic, super-quick and easy meal great for any occasion.
- 1 tablespoon ground sumac
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 boneless, skinless chicken breast
- ~14 small broccoli florets
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 4 tablespoons sliced almonds
- 2 garlic cloves, minced or pressed
- ½ teaspoon lemon juice
- ½ - ¾ cup cooked rice
- Whisk sumac, salt, pepper and olive oil together in a bowl, then transfer into a sealable plastic bag.
- Add the chicken breast to the bag, make sure it's well coated with marinade, seal the bag and place in the fridge for 30 minutes.
- Grill the chicken breast.
- While the chicken is on the grill or grill pan steam the broccoli florets until tender.
- Melt the butter in a pan.
- Add the almonds and cook for a few minutes, until they are starting to brown.
- Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, then take the pan off the heat and stir in the lemon juice.
- Season with salt.
- To serve, divide rice between two bowls, add broccoli, shred the chicken breast and put on top of the rice, then drizzle the almond butter sauce over everything.
Food Photography and Styling: Green is really difficult to photograph, in my opinion, and the only safe thing to do is keep the rest of the set completely neutral so that’s what I did here with a completely black background (a foam board), my slate cheeseboard, uncolored glass and water. I actually liked that clean look because it fit with the healthy theme of this recipe (well, if you ignore the butter for a moment). As usual, I used my strobe to light the set.
Nikon D600, 105mm, f/5.6, 1/125 sec., ISO 100. One Hensel Integra Pro Plus 500 Monolight.