Ginger Sweet Potato Chicken Bake

Ginger Sweet Potato Chicken Bake

With the chicken breast and sweet potatoes on sale, there was no doubt this dish would come in under $5!  It made a whole 9×13 pan with lots of leftovers!!!  The Free Item coupon helped too :)

Ingredients

2 large chicken breasts, about 1.25 lb ($2.21) Recently on sale for $1.77/lb
2 large sweet potatoes, about 1.5 lb ($1.02) Recently on sale for $.68/lb
1 15 oz can of pineapple pieces, in 100% pineapple juice (FREE) Used Free Item Coupon!
2 tsp extra virgin olive oil ($.10)
1 tsp ground ginger ($.10)
1 tsp garlic powder ($.05)
1 tsp ground cinnamon ($.10)
Salt/Pepper
1 cup brown rice ($.40) Purchased 2 lb bag with $1 off coupon

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350.
2. Dice chicken breasts into 1/2 – 1 inch cubes.  Helpful Hint: It’s easiest to cut chicken breasts while they are still partially frozen.  I usually thaw mine about 75% of the way, making it much easier to cut.  Cutting them while still completely frozen is really tough on the fingers.  I don’t recommend that!
3. Peel sweet potatoes and cut into 1 inch cubes.
4. Drain pineapple juice, reserving about 1/2 cup to use when cooking the rice. 
5. In large bowl, toss diced chicken breast, sweet potato pieces and pineapple piece.  Add extra virgin olive oil, ground ginger, garlic powder, ground cinnamon and salt and pepper.  Toss well.  Transfer mixture to 9×13 baking dish.

Tossing the Ginger Sweet Potato Chicken Bake

6. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes uncovered.  Remove and cover with foil, and then bake another 30-40 minutes.  (This will prevent the sweet potatoes from drying out.  I like them soft and moist!)
6. In saucepan, cook brown rice as directed on packaging.  I subsituted 1/2 cup of the liquid suggested on the package with the reserved pineapple juice.  Brown rice takes longer to cook, so be sure to start this at the same time you put the chicken bake into the oven and they’ll both be ready at about the same time!
7. Serve Ginger Sweet Potato Chicken Bake with side of brown rice.

Cost $3.98

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Comments

  1. says

    Erin, I make a similar dish in the fall that uses chicken, sweet potatoes, apples, onions, and dried cranberries. I season with butter, maple syrup, and poultry seasoning. I’m looking forward to trying your spring version, it sounds really yummy!

  2. says

    I have pineapple, chicken and rice. We ate our last “cheap” sweet potato last week, so I’ll have to watch for another sale. This looks different, but yummy :)

  3. Sara says

    Passover is here and I was looking for interesting recipes to make that we could eat that week without paste, rice or bread. I think this is going to be very good and we can eat it without the side of rice and it’s perfect, thank you!

  4. Jeanie says

    made this tonight for diner and everyone loved it. We also put some BBQ sauce on top and it was really good

  5. Tessa says

    Tried this tonight and really enjoyed it. It was so easy to put together and the house smelled fabulous while it was cooking.

  6. says

    I am adding this to my monthly meal plan. I cannot wait to try it! I love sweet potatoes. I think I will use Julie’s idea and cook it in the crock pot b/c I hate dicing chicken.

  7. Erin says

    I’m doing this right now for our pseudo-Thanksgiving dinner :) (We can’t celebrate on Thanksgiving so we are doing it a day early). I’m very excited! Thanks!

  8. Jess says

    Just made t – didn’t go over well with the family :(

    The chicken had a weird pasty texture and the pinapple and sweet potato just really didn’t compliment each other the way you think they might.

  9. Rachel says

    I made this in my crockpot like a previous poster did, and added some chicken broth since there wasn’t much liquid. I thought it turned out pretty good, but I don’t know that I’ll be making it again because my hubby claims he doesn’t eat sweet potatoes. It didn’t need any rice with it though and was good just by itself. Also, it makes an excellent meal for baby when it’s pured. My little guy loved it. I ground up the leftovers and froze in ice cube trays for future meals.

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