Moroccan chicken with sweet potato mash

Moroccan chicken with sweet potato mash

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Cooking time

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 25 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 4

Fragrant, tender chicken and creamy sweet potato mash makes a comforting and low-fat midweek meal

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Healthy
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
460
protein
39g
carbs
59g
fat
9g
saturates
2g
fibre
7g
sugar
18g
salt
1.11g
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Ingredients

  • 1kg sweet potatoes, cubed
  • 2 tsp ras-el-hanout, or a mix of ground cinnamon and cumin
  • 4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 fat garlic clove, crushed
  • 200ml chicken stock
  • 2 tsp clear honey
  • juice ½ lemon
  • handful green olives, pitted or whole
  • 20g pack coriander, leaves chopped

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Method

  1. Boil the potatoes in salted water for 15 mins or until tender. Mix the ras el hanout with seasoning, then sprinkle all over the chicken. Heat 1 tbsp oil in large frying pan, then brown the chicken for 3 mins on each side until golden.
  2. Lift the chicken out of the pan. Add the onion and garlic and cook for 5 mins until softened. Add the stock, honey, lemon juice and olives, return the chicken to the pan, then simmer for 10 mins until the sauce is syrupy and the chicken cooked.
  3. Mash the potatoes with 1 tbsp oil and season. Thickly slice each chicken breast and stir the coriander through the sauce. Serve the chicken and sauce over mash.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, October 2010

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janjan87's picture
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Really easy to make with great results. Cooked the chicken for much longer than 3mins each side but thats just me, I like to make sure its fully cooked. I added in a good handful of dried apricots chopped up and a good handful of sultanas and cooked these together with the onions, which I cooked for longer so they were lovely and soft. Simmered the whole thing in a sauté pan with the lid on for longer, around 15-20mins, came out beautifully, the sauce had gone syrupy and so sweet with the apricots and honey. The spices from the chicken added to this, lovely flavours. I couldn't get ras-el-hanout so used 1tbsp each of cumin and cinnamon. I served with Moroccan cous cous but that's just my preference. Made lovely leftovers the next day too :)

luvmegrub2345's picture
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Delicious! A great hit with ( fussy!! ) eaters.

I lobbed in some soft #1 strength goat's cheese mashed in with the sweet potato. Divine! Takes a bit of the sweetness down a notch as well and the #1 strength doesn't add too much fat or calories to the final total for anyone worried about such things.

Yum!

luvmegrub2345's picture
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Delicious! A great hit with ( fussy!! ) eaters.

I lobbed in some soft #1 strength goat's cheese mashed in with the sweet potato. Divine! Takes a bit of the sweetness down a notch as well and the #1 strength doesn't add too much fat or calories to the final total for anyone worried about such things.

Yum!

reevey's picture
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Ideal midweek meal, plenty of flavour. I added a serving of baba ganoush to add another dimension to the meal which worked very well with the other flavours. Worth a go with a nice outcome and we'd eat it again

miche002's picture
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really tasty and easy! makes even better leftovers. I would suggest pitted or Spanish olives!

pamonline's picture
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Great recipe but increased cooking times. Ras el hanout has a lovely flavour. Will def make again.

chickenradio's picture
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Real nice, didn't have any coriander leaves but still tasty, the olives were a great addition.
I served it with something green (steamed broccoli) to make the plate look nice and the meal finished.
I will make again, regularly.

kyliellewellyn's picture
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Absolutely stunning. Beautiful flavours!

madderz's picture

My adaptions. 1.5tsp Cumin, .5tsp Mixed Spice, salt, pepper, chili flakes and a pinch of lemon myrtle for the spice mix and to replace lemon juice. Dumped the olives and added Sweet Red Peper with the onions, sugar snap peas and courgette with the stock (sugar snap peas last 10 mins, courgette last 5)

xtigerlillyx's picture
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Found this really yummy and so easy! Used the mix of cinnamon and cumin as it was all available at the little sainsbury's down the road! I'm not a very confident cook, and was really pleased by how nice it was and how easy or was to make! Thanks BBC good food :)

rachelchamberlain14's picture
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Definately do half sweet half normal potato to make this a winner helps balance the meal perfectly!! lovely meal will definately be doubling the sauce next time as the family loved it

emh123's picture
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This has become a favourite in our house, I usually use smaller pieces of chicken and have some couscous to make everything stretch a little further!

wemesq's picture
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I made this for my grandmother for Mother's Day, and she absolutely loved it. It is definitely worth the effort to find the ras-el-hanout. I also think preserved lemon would be great in the sauce.

The recipe was confusing because it said to mix the ras-el-hanout with the seasoning and sprinkle on the chicken. So I mixed it with flour and dredged the chicken in the seasoned flour to give it a nice brown color. Instead of sweet potatoes I cooked Israeli couscous in chicken broth and it went really well with the chicken.

pong-xiaojie's picture

Really tasty, easy to create and looked fab on the plate!

mighty_south's picture
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This was really delicious, my sauce didn't quite look like in the picture, it was caramel in colour but it all went well with the sweet potato mash. I did some couscous for the sweet potato haters so everyone was happy. Hard to find the ras-el-hanout but Tesco do a mix in their finest range, it has more than ground cinnamon & cumin in it though. Definitely one to make again.

kazza690's picture
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enjoyed the mash,thats about it.

AtoLongMan's picture
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Delicious. Did half the amount for 2 people, but found that 500g of sweet potato was way too much, the plate was full of the stuff. Would go for maybe 300g for 2 ppl. Otherwise really delicious, will definitely make again.

lindee's picture
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Didn't have any harissa so made my own after a fashion. This may have spoilt it. Bit too sweet for my taste.

suzannebirch's picture
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Really good. Sauce was fab. Used a few dried apricots instead of olives. Served it with roasted sweet potato (sprinkle of cumin) and salad. Will be making again.

mariamcfarlane's picture

This is a really nice and quick dish. I found a really nice ras-el-hanout mix with rose petals at Tesco in a little jar and use about half of this for 4 chicken breast pieces. I leave the olives out as my husband doesn't like them but apart from that the sauce is really nice and the chicken comes out really moist every time I made it. Highly recommended!

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