Sweet and Spicy Chipotle Chicken with Sweet Potatos

by Friday, January 29, 2016

I LOVE spice!  Im one of those weird people who likes to feel the heat when I’m diving into a spicy dish- when water breaks are needed and my eyes start watering.  Not for everyone, totally get that!

This dish is spicy, but smokey and sweet too- so it is very well balanced.  And if you are not a fan of heat like I am, you can use less chipotle of course!  Totally easy to customize to your own taste profile on this one!  The sweet potatoes are hearty and enhance the sweetness of the dish- and when they are cooked with the glaze, they get sticky, gooey and OMG SO GOOD!
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Ingredients:

2-3 Sweet Potatoes chopped into 1/2 inch cubes.

3 Boneless, skinless chicken breasts

1 Tablespoon of olive oil

3 Chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, chopped with juices (buy this in the canned or Mexican section of any supermarket)

2 cloves of garlic, minced

1 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar

1 Tablespoon honey

2 Teaspoons fresh lime juice

1 Teaspoon cumin powder

1/2 Teaspoon ground cinnamon

3 Tablespoons fresh chopped cilantro

Keep sea salt on hand for seasoning

Instructions:

Heat your oven to 400 degrees F and line a pan with foil and spray with coconut oil (or whichever spray you prefer).  Mix sweet potato cubes, 2 tablespoons on cilantro, 1 teaspoon of sea salt and olive oil in a large bowl until potatoes are well coated.

Place potato cubes on the baking dish evenly spread out and roast in the heated oven for 20-25 minutes.  The potatoes should be softened and have a slight brown crisp to them at the end of roasting time.

While the potatoes are roasting away, lets prepare the chipotle glaze/rub!

In a smaller bowl, mix together the chipotle chiles and some of their sauce, honey, lime, apple cider vinegar, garlic, , 1/2 tsp of salt, cumin and cinnamon to make a paste consistency. Spoon the paste onto the chicken breasts and rub evenly over so chicken is well coated with the rub.  Remove sweet potatoes from the oven and place the glazey chicken on top of the potatoes like this photo below.  I then like to take any remaining rub I have and drizzle it over the potatoes and chicken.

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Put the pan back in the oven and cook for another 25 or so- chicken should be cooked through.  Let the chicken rest for a few mins out of the oven before serving so its retains its juicy goodness! Garnish with remaining cilantro.

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What you’ll get is a spicy, sweet glazed chicken breast- so delicious and SO easy!

Enjoy!

XO Katrina

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