Moroccan chicken with sweet potato mash

Moroccan chicken with sweet potato mash

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(122 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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15th Sep, 2012
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.
14th Sep, 2012
Absolutely stunning. Beautiful flavours!
23rd Aug, 2012
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)
22nd Aug, 2012
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 :)
9th Jun, 2012
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
24th May, 2012
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!
15th May, 2012
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.
8th May, 2012
Really tasty, easy to create and looked fab on the plate!
5th May, 2012
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.
4th May, 2012
enjoyed the mash,thats about it.


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