Moroccan chicken with sweet potato mash

Moroccan chicken with sweet potato mash

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(135 ratings)

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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29th Apr, 2014
Just made this dish! Absolutely AMAZING!! Easy, tasty, fantastic!!!! Will make this again for sure!!!
20th Jan, 2014
Did this with turkey breasts and it worked really well. Went down a treat. Will definitely use again.
7th Nov, 2013
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.
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2nd Oct, 2013
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
4th Sep, 2013
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!
29th Jul, 2013
Absolutely brilliant! Will definitely be making this again.
12th Jun, 2013
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.
29th May, 2013
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!
22nd Apr, 2013
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.
27th Mar, 2013
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!!


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