Moroccan chicken with sweet potato mash

Moroccan chicken with sweet potato mash

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Prep: 10 mins Cook: 25 mins


Serves 4
Fragrant, tender chicken and creamy sweet potato mash makes a comforting and low-fat midweek meal

Nutrition and extra info

  • Healthy

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal460
  • fat9g
  • saturates2g
  • carbs59g
  • sugars18g
  • fibre7g
  • protein39g
  • salt1.11g
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  • 1kg sweet potatoes, cubed
    Sweet potatoes

    Sweet potato

    sweet po-tate-toe

    Sweet potatoes have a creamy texture and a sweet-spicy flavour that makes them ideal for savoury…

  • 2 tsp ras-el-hanout, or a mix of ground cinnamon and cumin
  • 4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 1 onion, thinly sliced



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 1 fat garlic clove, crushed
  • 200ml chicken stock
  • 2 tsp clear honey
  • juice ½ lemon



    Oval in shape, with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile fruits…

  • handful green olives, pitted or whole
    Bowl of olives



    Widely grown all over the Mediterranean, where they've been cultivated since biblical times…

  • 20g pack coriander, leaves chopped


  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.

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Comments (103)

JanWilko's picture

Did this with turkey breasts and it worked really well. Went down a treat. Will definitely use again.

relznik's picture

We love this dish! I make it regularly as a mid-week meal because it's so quick and easy, but it's also delicious enough to serve when guests come over.

Fanofgagax's picture

Good recipe but the chicken wasn't cooked after the suggested cooking time. Had to put the chicken in the microwave. Added more stock as well because the liquid evaporated as it simmered. Sweet potato mash was lush though

fizzh89's picture

Tried this last night, an instant hit, with me and my husband, and, to my surprise, our fussy 5 year old and our 8 month old (who went back for thirds!!!).
I found the sauce hadn't thickened by the time I was ready to slice the chicken, but I just turned the heat up while I was getting the potato and chicken served up, and by the time I was ready to add it to the plates, it had turned more syrupy. The flavours were gorgeous together. I will certainly be making this again!

craigiebhoy's picture

Absolutely brilliant! Will definitely be making this again.

annabelinda79's picture

This was amazing, my husband wasn't keen on the amount of cumin so I may reduce it next time but I will definitely make it again. I left the oil out of the mash as I didn't think it needed it.

janaskar's picture

Easy and very delicious! Wasn't sure about the olives, but it gives the dish that exstra dimension against the sweet potato and rich sauce. Love it, will make again and again!

elaineorm's picture

I made this for the first time today and loved the flavours. It's the most delicious meal I've tasted for ages. I didn't use olives as it's not possible to buy them fresh where I'm living right now. Added sweet corn and brocoli side dish which complemented the main course.

papagayo15's picture

Made this tonight for the first time, and it was lovely, i did not get much sauce but it was very tasty. My husband loved it too!!

beeh84's picture

An easy and delicious meal served with fresh mixed veg, going to try it with potato cakes instead of sweet potato next time.

bridget_84's picture

I made this meal tonight and was very impressed! I thought it had lovely flavours and the sweet potato really complimented it. The only thing I changed was to replace the olives with chopped dates. I don't like olives and found that the dates added extra sweetness.

morethan66's picture

This sounds great, definitely going to try this next time I cook round my daughters. I'm going to rate this on expectation alone. Thanks GF

janjan87's picture

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

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.


luvmegrub2345's picture

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.


reevey's picture

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

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

pamonline's picture

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

chickenradio's picture

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

Absolutely stunning. Beautiful flavours!


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