Chicken and Sweet Potatoes With Shallots

A simple recipe you could make on any given weeknight dinner! make sure that you do not burn the shallot mixture.

  • 1 1/2 pounds sweet potatoes (peeled and cut into 2-inch pieces)
  • kosher salt and black pepper
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 boneless (skinless chicken breasts (each 4 ounces))
  • 4 shallots (sliced into thin rings)
  • 2 tablespoons roughly chopped fresh rosemary
  1. Place the sweet potatoes in a large pot. Add enough cold water to cover and bring to a boil.
  2. Add 1 teaspoon salt, reduce heat, and simmer until tender, 14 to 16 minutes. Reserve ¼ cup of the cooking water, drain the sweet potatoes, and return them to the pot. Mash with the reserved cooking water.
  3. Meanwhile, heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Season the chicken with ½ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper.
  4. Cook the chicken until golden brown and cooked through, 7 to 8 minutes per side. Transfer to plates.
  5. Wipe out the skillet. Heat the remaining 3 tablespoons of oil over medium-high heat. Add the shallots, rosemary, ½ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper and cook, stirring, until the shallots are tender, 3 to 4 minutes.
  6. Serve the chicken with the potatoes and drizzle with the shallot mixture.

Mashing sweet potatoes with some of their cooking water is a low-fat alternative to using butter, cream, or milk. You can do the same with white potatoes.