[Chef Watson] Trial #9: Glutinous rice dressing with apples, sweet potatoes and dates

This post is about testing recipes created by artificial intelligence, Chef Watson of IBM

Getting older, you might feel that you’re the only one left in the country as all of your ambitious and smart friends leave to go abroad and jump into adventurous lives. I’ve always been inspired by my friend, Mignyonne, and her endless energy, curiosity and boldness. It was natural for her to quit the routine and hit the road for the huge and adventurous country of the dimsum, China. As soon as I heard the news that she is coming to Korea for the weekend, one idea sprung to my mind: testing Chef Watson’s recipe together!

The original Chef Watson’s recipe she picked is Apple rice dish 

Chef Watson referred to Bon Apetit’s Wild rice dressing with apples and chestnuts

Recipe and Ingredients

8 servings


  • 1/2 cup glutinous rice
  • 1 lb(about 450g) chicken
  • 1 apple
  • 10 dates
  • 1 cup chopped walnut
  • 1 chopped shallot
  • 3/4 cup beef broth (I used Better than Bouillon, it tastes like black bean sauce rather than beef, but I like this. It’s very handy when you need to make a broth quickly).
  • 5 dried bay leaf
  • 3/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 stick butter

1.Cook the rice in a saucepan filled with salted boiling water. Drain. Cover and chill.

2. Preheat oven to 425 fahrenheit. Butter the baking dish. Combine cooked rice, walnut, and cilantro in a large bowl. Heat butter in a skillet over medium-high heat.

Glutinous rice with walnuts and cilantro

3. Add chicken and shallots and saute stirring frequently and breaking up chicken with a fork, about 7 minutes. Add apple and date and bay leaf and saute 5 minutes. Stir in beef broth, scraping up browned bits. Pour chicken mixture over rice mixture in bowl; stir to combine. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

4. Transfer mixture to prepared baking dish. Chill. Bake about 15 minutes.



Every woman has a winning dress in the closet. And as winter comfort dish, this is the winning dish. I highly recommend this combination. Date and apple really go well, but I’m a bit wary about the use of cilantro. It gives a fresh flavor to this dish but I can’t say it is harmonized with the whole dish. Overall, I’ll try Chef Watson’s variation recipes based on the original Bon Apetit’s recipe.

Here is Mignyonne’s comment after trying Chef Watson for the first time:

“For muggles like me(engineers and scientists are magicians), artificial intelligence is what’s happening on the alien planet like Mars, but surprised that this technology is actually quite close to human’s daily lives. And it’s not running on the super computers but easily accessible from mobile phone and PC, amazing.”

For those whom it may concern, I’m not related to IBM or Chef Watson. It is my personal interest to test how artificial intelligence decodes the way chefs create recipes and I want to see if this service can be offered to everyone in the near future.



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