Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Balsamic Chicken with Mashed Sweet Potatoes Recipe

Hi Everyone!

I enjoyed this recipe so much that I had to share it. :)

I made this for dinner, and enjoyed the leftovers for lunch for two days afterward. Normally Jesse isn't a fan of sweet potatoes, but he loved them mashed. The sweet potatoes would make a great healthy addition to your Thanksgiving table in a few weeks. On days focused on indulgence it is great to have some healthy alternatives available. 

The recipes are below!

Balsamic Chicken

4 Chicken Breast
4-5 Cloves of Garlic
1 cup fresh Basil
1 tablespoon Olive Oil
2 Tablespoons Balsamic Vinegar (use less for lighter flavor, more to increase the taste)
1/4 cup water
1 cup sliced Mushrooms (I used one whole package of baby bella mushrooms)
1 pack Cherry Tomatoes (sliced)
1 medium Onion sliced

-Pre-heat over to 375 degrees.
-In a blender combine: garlic, basil, olive oil, vinegar, and water. Blend until pureed. 

-Place chicken breasts in baking dish with mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, and onions. Pureed mixture can be poured over the entire dish or directly over the chicken. 

-Bake until chicken is baked completely through (approximately 30-40 minutes). 

Mashed Sweet Potatoes
*I made enough sweet potatoes for 7-8 meals. 

-3 Large Sweet Potatoes (3 lbs)
-1.5 tablespoons butter (optional)
-3/4 cup skim milk
-4-5 tablespoons Plain Greek Yogurt (0% fat)
-Salt and Pepper to taste
(milk and greek yogurt proportions can be varied to achieve your desired mashed potato texture. Add ingredients slowly as you mix potatoes.)
(*for a more savory version of these potatoes add 3 cloves of garlic, lightly sauteed in the butter before adding to potatoes). 

-Peel and cube sweet potatoes. Place them in a large pot, cover with water and boil until tender. Potato pieces should fall off of a fork when speared. Do not over-boil or potatoes will become mushy. 

-If using garlic saute in butter.

-Return potatoes to pan.

-Add milk, and Greek yogurt. Mash potatoes until desired consistency is achieved. (I used an electric hand mixer, and added milk  and Greek yogurt slowly. I increased the creaminess by adjusting the amount of Greek Yogurt to the proportions listed in the recipe). 

-Salt and Pepper to taste. 

Serve and enjoy!


  1. Where did the basil come in to play with the chicken? It's not in the directions.

    1. It goes in the blender. :) Thanks for the heads up. I fixed it in the recipe.

  2. Sounds delicious! I love mashed sweet potatoes. For a little kick, you should try using the Chipotle flavored Mrs. Dash seasoning in them. REALLY yummy!

    1. I will definitely try that! Thanks for the suggestion. :)

  3. What could I use as a substitute for the mushrooms?

  4. This is so Good! My husband and I love it.

  5. Finally tried this and it's amazing. Thanks!