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)

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

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

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

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

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

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

enjoyed the mash,thats about it.

AtoLongMan's picture

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

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

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!

kezwah's picture

I really expected this to not be as nice as it was. It was beautiful and fill of flavours, I did mine without the olives as I didnt fancy them. Next time I may add salad or something with it.

martinso's picture

This is delicious!

wendy_darling's picture

This was fabulous, so quick and easy. I used less honey and no olives, only half the stock and cooked it for longer till the sauce was reduced. Added creme fraiche and Nandos peri peri chip sprinkle to the mash. It was plate lickingly lovely

nicksharratt's picture

I really recommend this recipe, despite my initial reservation. The spice mix lends the chicken a subtle, but delicious flavour and the sweet potato is a perfect accompaniment. It's making a reappearance on our weekly menu this week!

muse_chicken's picture

Made this the other night, the flavours worked really well together, so easy to make. Looks set to become a firm favourite.

muse_chicken's picture

Made this the other night, the flavours worked really well together, so easy to make. Looks set to become a firm favourite.

muse_chicken's picture

Made this the other night, the flavours worked really well together, so easy to make. Looks set to become a firm favourite.

erinsdaddy's picture

gorgeous meal, did it with the harissa sweet potato wedges off this site instead of the mash.


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