A super easy healthy meal to make is this 5 ingredient baked chicken and sweet potatoes for two – perfectly portioned so that there are no leftovers.
Even though I usually make food and then pack the leftovers for my husband and I to take to work (or I plan ahead like I did with these chicken stir fry noodle bowls) sometimes I like making something just for the two of us, where it’s just dinner and no leftovers (like these steak fajita tacos for two).
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On busy weeknights I love making this baked chicken and sweet potatoes dish. All you do is cut a chicken breast in half (or you could use two small chicken breasts) and then add in the sweet potatoes, sprinkle with seasoning and drizzle with olive oil, then you bake the dish and in 30 minutes you have a seriously delicious dinner all ready to go, and all it took was five ingredients! That’s manageable, right? And you could play around with the seasonings too. I love using garam masala (like I did on today’s Five Ingredient Friday recipe). It is an Indian spice that is aromatic and really amps up the flavor of chicken. You could also use a Mediterranean spiced sea salt instead. What I like to say is to transport yourself to whatever climate you want in the world through seasonings!
When you’re looking for a simple 5 ingredient recipe, this baked chicken and sweet potatoes for two is perfect!
What else can you make with sweet potatoes?
5 Ingredient Baked Chicken and Sweet Potatoes for Two
- 8 oz chicken breast cut in half, or two small chicken breasts
- 1 large sweet potato peeled and cubed
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon garam masala
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
- Preheat oven to 400.
- Place chicken breast halves in a small baking dish, then add in the sweet potato cubes.
- Drizzle olive oil over the chicken and sweet potato and sprinkle the garam masala and garlic salt over the chicken and sweet potatoes.
- Bake for 15 minutes, then remove from oven and flip the chicken breasts and move around the sweet potatoes. Bake for an additional 10-15 minutes (or until the potatoes are easily poked with a fork and the chicken is cooked through), then remove from oven and serve.
This really is a great recipe! It’s now the second time I am making it since both hubby and I loved the unique flavors. I also added a mix of curry seasoning with the garam marsala and it was fantastic.
I agree with one other person who indicated that the chicken does seem to cook quicker than the sweet potatoes or yams; that’s even with larger size chicken breasts – around here small pieces of chicken are hard to come by (especially organic and antibiotic free).
Any thoughts on how to manage this problem?
I was thinking to maybe put the potatoes in separately for 10 minutes and then add the chicken?
Anyway, thanks for this fantastic, time-saving and great tasting dish.
Oh I love that you added curry seasoning, that sounds like such a great addition for this dish.
Thank you so much for your comment and feedback. You know, I think your suggestion of cooking the sweet potatoes separately for 10 minutes and then adding the chicken is genius!! Thanks again for the feedback.
Jeannie Smith says
Can’t wait to try this….sounds so yummy!
Thank you so much, I think you’ll love it.
Maybe my oven cooks too hot, but the chicken came out dry. And that’s with me taking them out early so the potatoes could finish cooking.
Hi Laurie, thanks for the feedback. While this isn’t a recipe where there’s a sauce or anything like that (it’s baked chicken- not cooked in a sauce) I still have never had the chicken come out dry, so i’m sorry to hear that yours did. Were your chicken breasts on the small side? That’s the only thing I can think of…other than the fact that I’m jealous your oven cooks chicken so quickly! Mine has never cooked it under 20 minutes and had it be cooked through!
Hello, I was just reading this recipe and noticed that for the garlic salt you didn’t list any unit of measurement. It just says 1/2 garlic salt. Is that 1/2tsp or 1/2tbsp? Looking forward to trying this recipe VERY much!
Oh my goodness, thank you for pointing that out! It’s 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt, I’ve updated the recipe 🙂
I made this tonight after searching sweet potato and chicken recipes for hubby and I as that’s all we had left in the fridge! Soooo simple yet absolutely delicious! (and as someone already mentioned, minimal clean up, which is a must for this tired mama-of-3! ?) First time visiting your site but I shall certainly be returning for more inspiration! Best wishes and thanks from the UK x
Oh my goodness, thank you SO MUCH for your incredibly sweet comment, I truly appreciate it!! I’m so glad that you loved the recipe, I’m all about easy recipes that are delicious for dinner 🙂
Little Cooking Tips says
Amazing dish dear Phi! One of our favorite dishes is roasted chicken with potatoes (called kotopoulo sto fourno), it’s a staple in our house, and it’s a dish we grew up with. So, you can imagine how appealing this recipe is to us!:) We never tried it with sweet potatoes, are 30 minutes enough for them to be roasted?
We also LOVE garam masala, so this definitely goes in our to-try list! Pinned!
Thanx so much for the amazing idea Phi!
Lots and lots of hugs,
Panos and Mirella
So simple yet delicious! I love this idea- need to start making more one-pan type meals. Because cleaning up after cooking is the bane of my existence and thus exist in a state of semi-chaos at all times…
You are so spot on! Dishes are awful! But with this dish you only have one pan and one cutting board to wash. I think you’d love this dish!
Looks like a wonderful Valentine’s Day meal to me, and I love that you added garam masala, I have a new bottle in the cupboard 🙂
This would be perfect for using that new bottle of garam masala, and it would definitely make a wonderful Valentine’s Day meal 🙂
Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary says
5 ingredients AND perfect for 2 portions?! I ain’t mad at ya, Phi! This is amazing! I always end up with too much food for just the hubs and I, so I want to hug you for sharing this! LOVING the garam masala and sweet potatoes! Cheers, my dear!
Awe, thank you SO MUCH! You comment is so sweet! I too end up making way too much food usually, so this perfectly portioned meal is great for when I have a fridge full of other things!
Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy says
Garam masala on sweet potatoes? Why have I never thought about that?! I was thinking about making sweet potatoes tonight, so I will have to do that.
I think you’ll absolutely love the addition of garam masala on sweet potatoes – it’s the way to go and adds so much amazing flavor! I’d love to know what you think of it!
Sune Moolman says
Garam masala has to be one of the best things ever – I love using it with vegetables too. 🙂
I’m totally in love with that seasoning right now – it just gives so much flavor to the dish! Thank you for commenting 🙂
Jennifer @ Show Me the Yummy says
I love your 5 ingredient Fridays and I especially love the addition of garam masala in this recipe! <3
Thank you so much, I’m so glad you like 5 ingredient Friday – they’re so much fun for me! And isn’t garam masala great? I think I’m addicted 🙂