Peru might be better known for its mountains and llamas, but it’s also home to myriad culinary delights. In this recipe, we’re taking a cue from the country’s papa a la huancaína—that’s potatoes smothered in a slightly spicy citrus-spiked cheese sauce. Served alongside garlic-coated chicken and roasted broccoli, it feels comfortingly familiar, regardless of whether you’ve been to South America or not.
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Yukon Gold Potatoes
Wash and dry all produce. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place potatoes in a medium pot with a pinch of salt and enough water to cover by 1 inch. Bring to a boil and cook until easily pierced by a knife, 25-30 minutes. Drain and set aside to cool.
Toss broccoli on a baking sheet with a drizzle of olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Roast in oven until lightly browned and crisp, 15-20 minutes, tossing halfway through.
Meanwhile, mince chives. Mince or grate garlic. Zest lime until you have ½ tsp zest, then cut into halves. Mince jalapeño, removing seeds and ribs for less heat. TIP: Don’t forget to wash your knife, cutting board, and hands after handling the jalapeño to avoid getting heat anywhere you don’t want it.
Toss garlic, jalapeño, a pinch of salt, and a drizzle of olive oil into a pile on your cutting board. Mash into a paste, scraping it under the side of your knife while pressing down. Add to a small bowl along with cream cheese, lime zest, juice from lime, half the chives, and 1 TBSP olive oil. Stir to combine. Stir in water 1 tsp at a time until mixture is drizzly. Season with salt and pepper.
Heat a drizzle of olive oil in a large pan over medium-high heat. Season chicken all over with garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Add to pan and cook until no longer pink in center, 5-6 minutes per side. Let rest a few minutes, then thinly slice.
Cut potatoes into ¼-inch-thick slices once cool enough to handle. Divide potatoes, broccoli, and chicken between plates. Drizzle sauce over potatoes and sprinkle with remaining chives.