Ginger Sweet Potato Chicken Bake

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on April 2, 2009

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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Carrie April 2, 2009 at 5:08 pm

yum! this is going on my list of things i want to make.

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Michele @ Frugal Granola April 2, 2009 at 5:39 pm

Oh, yummy! I’m definitely going to have to try this out next time we have sweet potatoes on hand!

Thanks!
Michele

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Michelle April 2, 2009 at 5:52 pm

wow Erin…how yum does that look! I’m going to have to try that!

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gourmetmomma April 2, 2009 at 6:23 pm

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!

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Erin April 2, 2009 at 6:57 pm

That sounds scrumptious! Will have to add it to my fall line up :)

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Kari @ How I Became a Fiscal Fussbudget April 2, 2009 at 6:54 pm

Mmmmm seems yummy!!

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Miriam April 2, 2009 at 8:59 pm

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 :)

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Sara April 4, 2009 at 8:48 pm

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!

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Julie April 11, 2009 at 7:26 pm

I made this in the crock pot – worked great. I didn’t cube the chicken – it shreds wonderfully when cooked.

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Jeanie April 29, 2009 at 8:58 pm

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

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Tessa May 11, 2009 at 6:04 pm

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

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Vikki C June 30, 2009 at 4:39 pm

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.

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Yulia October 21, 2009 at 5:29 pm

Wonderful dish! I have just tried it for dinner and it is delicious.

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Erin November 25, 2009 at 9:26 pm

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!

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Jess December 5, 2009 at 7:46 pm

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.

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Rachel February 23, 2011 at 6:19 pm

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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