Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Spiced Chipotle Honey Chicken with Sweet Potatoes

Look, I'll admit it- I'm obsessed with chipotles in adobo. It all started with this carmelized chipotle chicken and then steadily increased with this pulled chicken. What was once an unheard of ingredient in my house has become a pantry staple. And with that said, any recipe that appears in my Google reader using chipotles in adobo is immediately added to my "must make" list.

This dinner was excellent. The day I planned to make it I was feeling cranky lazy uninspired and was contemplating just ordering in Thai food... but then I remembered my New Year's resolution to cook more and waste less... so off to the kitchen I went. And my oh my- am I glad I did. This dinner had a perfect blend of flavors. Spicy and sweet. Delicious. It was a big hit with John and I. The sweet potatoes were amazing. I guess I'm finally warming up to those funny orange potatoes and getting over my white-potatoes-only thing. Give this a shot- it's a really tasty and satisfying meal.

Source: Pink Parsely


4 sweet potatoes (10 ounces each), peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
3 Tbs olive oil
4 chipotle chiles in adobo sauce, minced
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 Tbs honey, plus more for drizzling
1 Tbs apple cider vinegar
1 1/4 tsp kosher salt, plus more to taste
1 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 2 lbs)
chopped cilantro, for garnish

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  Place the sweet potatoes in a medium bowl.

In a small bowl, mix together 1 tablespoon of the olive oil, chipotles, garlic, honey, vinegar, salt, cumin, and cinnamon.  Mix the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil with 2 teaspoons of the paste.  Toss with the sweet potatoes.

Scatter the potatoes on the bottom of a roasting pan, and bake 15 minutes.  Meanwhile, rub the chicken breasts with the remaining paste.

Stir the potatoes.  Carefully place the chicken on top of the sweet potatoes, and continue to roast until the chicken is just cooked through (registers 165 on an instant read thermometer), about 15-20 minutes longer

Divide the potatoes and chicken evenly among serving plates and drizzle with remaining honey and garnish with cilantro.


  1. Loks delicious....I will try this soon. I never used the chipotles...so we will see how they turn out. Thanks -Jen

  2. If I didn't have the Chipotle's in Adobo.. do you think I could toss w/Chipotle powder and the other ingredients? It would still lend itself to the rub on the chicken I would think.. I'll try it and let you know. ;-)

  3. I'm sure you could. If you have smoked paprika I'd use that too because chipotles in adobo have a deep, rich, smokey taste.

  4. how would you suggest adapting this for bone in chicken pieces?

  5. For bone in chicken I'd just adjust the time in the oven. Typically you're looking at 45 minutes for bone-in, so I'd put the chicken in with the sweet potatoes from the get go instead of adding it in later.

  6. Your chicken looks like a ghost from pac man. Still tasty!!!

  7. I've never used chipotles before... what's the best way to mince them?

  8. Sam- I just mince them the way you'd mince anything else. They are soft so they sort of pull apart, making it hard to get them finely minced but bigger pieces are fine.

  9. ok so Chipotes Chiles in adobo sauce is a NEW ingredient for me and Im excited to use it with this receipe- my question is- Do the chipolte chiles already come like in a jar in the adobo sauce???

  10. Cynthia- from what I've seen they come in a can, and yes, in the sauce. Enjoy!!

  11. I'm making this now and the only ingredient I don't have is honey =( Will that ruin it??

  12. Not ruin it, but it does give it some sweetness.

  13. This is the same exact recipe from Fitness magazine