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)

TransylvanianAngel's picture

Absolutely delicious and so very easy to make!
I made a few slight modifications to the recipe. Since we don't like sweet potatoes, I used regular ones and added some cream, a pinch of black pepper and a little bit of garlic powder to the mash. I also added cardamon, a few cloves and some coriander seeds to the spice mix for the chicken.

davewatson12's picture

Exellent a real change and very easy to do. I had never used sweet potatoes before so used a half sweet and half ordinary potatoes. They mashed beautifully and were just right for my wife and I. Thank you

stasia909's picture

Absolutely delicious and fairly easy to cook. My boyfriend isn't a fan of sweet potato but even he loved it!

gerbas's picture

One of our favorites. Even my toddler loves it. For the mash I use half potatoe and half butternut squash.

kturner1's picture

Great recipe, made it for my Mum and sister's and they loved it too! Sweet potato mash goes very well with the chicken.

markyonder's picture

Better than usual reviews from the family for this one (it was very popular) though as not all like olives, I use button mushrooms instead.

relznik's picture

This recipe was amazing. I'm not sure what I was expecting the ras-el-hanout to taste like, never having even heard of it before. But was pleasantly surprised! Very fragrant but not particularly spicy... Lovely! And this dish is SO easy to make. Had a dinner party last night and everyone absolutely loved it! I made a winter vegetable tagine to go with it... winner!!

manxcook's picture

as we are not keen on olives I will replace them with dried apricots to keep to the Morrocan theme

emmaccollins's picture

I used chicken thighs in this recipe and oven cooked as I prefer the taste to chicken breast, maybe that's were I went wrong. I had to add cornflour to thicken the sauce and then all the fat just sat on the top in the sauce jug. The chicken lost most of the 'morrocan' flavouring into the sauce and the sweet potatoe mash wasn't anything special. Will try again with Chicken Breast and see what it is like.

riikka78's picture

Really tasty. Even my partner who doesn't like olives loved this recipe

geraldantonio's picture

This was lovely! We changed the recipe quite a bit, just due to what we had in the fridge.. But one nice addition was broccoli into the mash, so that it wasn't too sweet and more veg!

abbabbab's picture

Really sweet, lovely easy dish.

sharppayne15's picture

I have made this recipe over and over again. I make a huge amount of Ras-El-Hanout at a time and keep it in a jar. I probably use double the amount of spices and leave the chicken in the spice mix all day and serve with the sweet potato mash and some green vegetables. Wonderful

feefee01642's picture

AMAZING! i added some grilled peppers and courgettes to bulk it up as my boyfriends a hungry one, we both loved it

kathwoods's picture

Great recipe, loved it, adore ras el hanout anyway but usually use on lamb chops so this was healthier as well as a bit different.
Only thing I would change is to add a bit of veg on the side next time!

buffduffdan's picture

Nice recipe! The chicken was delicious and the sweet potato mash went with it very nice. Personally I found the sauce a little too coriandery so I'll probably use a bit less next time but everyone enjoyed it so I'll definitely cook it again!!

bimandnim's picture

just made this for dinner and it tasted great, left out the olives as i don't like themand added some green beans to the sauce

debrahughes's picture

Used corn fed chicken and Seasonal Pioneers Ras-El Hanout (think they sell it in ASDA), Served it with roasted sweet potato seasoned with rock salt and black pepper,then just smashed it with a fork,rather than mash.was absolutely stunning.

gerigrub's picture

I thought this was vile and everyone else did too. Can't think why as all the individual components sounded nice. I guess none of us like sweet potatoes, basically! Plus green olives from a jar and rinsed are still a bit briny. Just nasty.

mich_mkp's picture

Just had this for dinner and it was lovely. Perfect for midweek (or a lazy day like today!), but also looks glam enough for a dinner party. Think I might do this for dinner with friends one weekend. Bf doesn't like olives but I do, so included them and he gave them to me (win win!).


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