Maple-Glazed Sweet Potato Chicken

 

 

In case you hadn’t noticed yet, I am all about being cheap.  Ok, not exactly being cheap, but you know what I mean.  Saving money.  Living on a budget.  Making my own makeup, laundry detergent, household cleaners, etc.  Being a thrift queen.

This skill tends to be especially important when you are trying to stick to a Real Food diet.  I’m sure you have also noticed that buying real food these days is a pain in the butt and can cost an arm and a leg (which, btdubs, TICKS me off, that what anyone could go to the store or their local farmer 50 years ago and just buy as normal FOOD is now this super complicated, time- and money-consuming battle to get something that hasn’t been messed with by a bunch of scientists in a lab. DUMB.)

That being said, I am all about cheap meals.  That does not mean, however, that I am all about boring or nasty meals.  I am a chef, you know.  So when I come up with super easy, super delicious, and super THRIFTY meals, I am pretty pleased with myself.  Generally speaking.

I might start making the dish a little too often though, which can get boring.

So you know what I do then?

Add bacon to it.   CLEARLY.

 

So, here is my recipe for Maple-Glazed Sweet Potato Chicken.  Sweet potatoes are awesome, because they are super cheap, don’t have to be organic, are full of vitamin A, and help regulate blood sugar.  Plus they are freakin delish.  It’s full of sweet caramelized onions too, which are also awesome, and super immunue-boosting.  We use Costco organic chicken thighs, which, also, are awesome.  Truly, this dish is awesome.  And, if it’s not quite awesome enough, or gets boring…….ADD SOME BACON, YO!  (Rub some bacon on it!  Anyone else seen that weird Youtube video?  No?  Awkward…)

Maple-Glazed Sweet Potato Chicken

Ingredients:

  • 2 packages organic chicken thighs (boneless skinless; approx. 2 lbs)
  • 3 sweet potatoes, diced
  • 1-2 onions, sliced
  • coconut oil for drizzling
  • maple syrup for drizzling
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • salt
  • pepper
  • dash cayenne pepper (go crazy if you want!)
  • bacon (optional, but clearly recommended)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Place sweet potatoes and onions in large glass baking dish, drizzle with coconut oil and maple syrup, sprinkle with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and cayenne, and stir well.  Place in oven and bake for about 10 minutes.
  3. Prep and rinse chicken thighs.  When veggies are finished baking, remove from oven and place chicken thighs on top, adding more spices and syrup to the chicken.
  4. Place back in oven, and bake for 15 minutes.  Stir vegetables, flip chicken thighs, and bake for an additional 5-10 minutes.
  5. Remove from oven and top with fried bacon, if using.  Enjoy!
  6. Note: you can make this even more delicious by caramelizing the onions on the stovetop first, or by baking them for an additional 20 minutes before you put the rest of the ingredients in the oven.

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