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Yam-it! – Moms chicken and sweet potatos

  Sweet potatoes or Yams…? You may think they are the same, but they are not.  Sweetimg_5237 potatoes have a smooth skin, are sweeter and come in a variety of colors- yellow, orange- even purple!  You can read about it here.

I personally never cared for sweet potatoes unless they came swimming in butter and brown sugar… until the first time I made a version of this dish… Wouldn’t touch that holiday tradition of SP’s and marshmallows, or SP pie…

But now- ….. Yum!! (*note*- these recipes are written for my sons who may or may not have basic knowledge or do-dads to work with and *notes are at the bottom)

  While we call this dish Yam-it! it’s really glorified Paprika Roasted Veggies and Chicken.

What you will need:

2 large Chicken Breasts (or 6 thighs) cut in half. (not butterflied),   some salt,  +/- a pound of Brussel sprouts- trimmed and halved or quartered, 2 Sweet potatoes- peeled and cubed, half an large onion peeled and sliced (optional),  some Olive oil,  a smidge of lemon juice.

img_5232 For the seasoning : 2 TBS Paprika- (that’s the red stuff sprinkled on deviled eggs), 1 tsp dried Cilantro, 1 tsp All-spice, and Garlic- to taste/minced..

Sprinkle chicken with salt and set aside.  In a small bowl mix the seasonings together.  In a large bowl toss the veggies with some olive oil (some is subjective to us Italians!) and sprinkle with 1 TBS of the spices mix.  Pour into baking dish. (aka cake pan)  To remaining spice mix add a 2-ish TBS of olive oil and 1 TBS lemon juice, mix to make a paste. Brush it onimg_5231 the chicken- both sides, and lay the pieces on top the veggies.  pour a smidge of water into the pan, cover with foil. BAKE 425 for about 45 min +/-. You’ll know.. veggies will be soft.

Drizzle with melted butter before serving.

*Notes*                                                                                                                                                       *Chicken- You don’t need breasts. You can use thighs or pork chops or slabs of ham.                                                                         *Veggies- if you want more, use more. It’s not an exact science.                                                * Olive Oil.. If you don’t have it, don’t sweat.. Veggie oil will be fine. Just don’t use as much!                                                                                                                                                         * If you want more ‘zing’  add a shake or two of something like Lawry’s or garlic salt to the mix.                                                                                                                                                       * All the spices can be found at the dollar store if you can’t afford the grocery store             *Lemon juice is not mandatory, but sure makes it taste better… You could sub for melted butter or OJ- It will change the taste a little, but still good.  Little squeeze lemons are in the produce dept, bottled lemon juice is in the juice isle (usually top shelf)                    *Onions- again, not mandatory- you can skip them, or use shallots or something.               *Covering with foil is a choice. We do it because it keeps it all moister.

**Every one of these ingredients can be found at moms- except brussels and SP’s unless the garden is in full swing**

Manga! Manga!

~Mama

 

 

 

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