Turmeric Roasted Chicken and Sweet Potatoes

Caramelized sweet potatoes and shallots are the bed for roasted chicken thighs and legs that come together in this one-pot healthy chicken dinner.

Turmeric Roasted Chicken and Sweet PotatoesTurmeric Roasted Chicken and Sweet Potatoes

Baked sweet potatoes are even better when paired with chicken and seasoned with golden turmeric, ginger and lemon juice. Serve with a fall salad of mixed greens, sliced apples and blue cheese. This dish is a variation of this Turmeric Chicken with Roasted Beets.

Caramelized sweet potatoes and shallots are the bed for roasted chicken thighs and legs that come together in this one-pot healthy chicken dinner.

There’s a chill in the air, perfect for making this baked chicken dish to warm up your home. It’s also easily adapted for a Whole30 diet. Easy to make, with readily available ingredients and very tasty. I make this often and left-overs are great as well. We probably make chicken 3 nights a week, if not more, you can see all my other chicken recipes here.

What does turmeric taste like?

Turmeric is mildly aromatic with scents of ginger. It’s often use in place of saffron to provide color and flavor.

Roasted Chicken Variations and Tips

  • I remove the skin to keep the calories lower, but I’ve also made it with the skin and it’s quite delicious both ways/
  • You can use your favorite chicken pieces, I did a combination of drumsticks and thighs, but chicken breast on the bone is also great.
  • Swap the sweet potatoes out for butternut squash or diced potatoes.
  • Best to wear gloves when working with turmeric. It stains your hands like nothing else.

Caramelized sweet potatoes and shallots are the bed for roasted chicken thighs and legs that come together in this one-pot healthy chicken dinner.Turmeric Roasted Chicken and Sweet PotatoesTurmeric Roasted Chicken and Sweet PotatoesCaramelized sweet potatoes and shallots are the bed for roasted chicken thighs and legs that come together in this one-pot healthy chicken dinner.

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Caramelized sweet potatoes and shallots are the bed for roasted chicken thighs and legs that come together in this one-pot healthy chicken dinner.
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Turmeric Roasted Chicken and Sweet Potatoes

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516 Cals 55.5 Protein 28 Carbs 18 Fats
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 1 hr
Total Time: 1 hr 15 mins
Yield: 4 servings
COURSE: Dinner
CUISINE: American
Caramelized sweet potatoes and shallots are the bed for roasted chicken thighs and legs that come together in this one-pot healthy chicken dinner.

Ingredients

  • 2 large shallots, peeled and quartered
  • 2 sweet potatoes or yams, peeled, sliced 1-inch thick and quartered (14 oz)
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced or pressed through garlic press
  • 2 teaspoons ground turmeric, divided
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt, divided
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 skinless chicken drumsticks, on the bone
  • 4 skinless chicken thighs, on the bone
  • juice of 1 lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon Herbs De Provence or poultry seasoning
  • 1/3 cup white wine, (swap for chicken broth for whole30/paleo)

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 425F.
  • In a large mixing bowl, toss the shallots, yams, together with the garlic, 1 teaspoon of turmeric, garlic powder, ginger, 1 teaspoon salt, and olive oil until thoroughly combined.
  • Spoon the mixture into a 9 x 13-inch baking dish or casserole pan and arrange in an even layer.
  • Add the chicken to the mixing bowl and season with lemon juice, remaining 1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon turmeric, and Herbs de Provence, toss to coat well.
  • Transfer the chicken legs to the baking dish over the vegetables.
  • Drizzle any of the remaining marinade over the top of the chicken and pour the wine around the sides of the dish.
  • Cover with foil and roast 45 minutes, turn chicken and sweet potatoes and finish, uncovered, until the chicken is fork-tender and the sweet potatoes are soft, about 15 minutes. Spoon the sauce over the chicken and serve.

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Nutrition

Serving: 2pieces chicken , 1/2 sweet potato, Calories: 516kcal, Carbohydrates: 28g, Protein: 55.5g, Fat: 18g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 249mg, Sodium: 857mg, Fiber: 3.5g, Sugar: 5.5g
Blue Smart Points: 11
Green Smart Points: 11
Purple Smart Points: 8
Points +: 12
Keywords: baked chicken and sweet potato recipe, one pot, roasted chicken and sweet potatoes, turmeric chicken, turmeric recipes

Roasted Chicken and Potatoes Recipe

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  1. This is CRAZY good!  Like, insanely good.  We made it for Sunday dinner and paired it with sautéed green beans and asparagus and everyone was oohing and ahhing.  It’s comfort food for sure!!

  2. Wonderful recipe. I used red and sweet potatoes. It was delicious. My husband loved it. I will definitely make it again.

  3. So filling and that sauce was so good! I didn’t change one thing. It was a great meal all around. Make this when you can!

  4. Excellent!

  5. I made this last night and we all thoroughly enjoyed it. Hearty and warming on a damp evening. Will certainly make it again. 
    As always, when using tumeric, it can stain, so be careful with the juice splashes!

  6. This recipe was incredible!  I didn’t change a thing.  It was so easy to put together. I’ll definitely be making it again. 

  7. I have been following you and making your recipes for years. While I like all of your recipes, this one is – hands down – the BEST recipe I’ve tried so far! It’s super easy to make and completely delicious! The only change I made was that instead of shallots, I used sweet onion, because that’s what Ii had on hand. At the very end, I crisped the skin up under the broiler for about 5 minutes. Absolutely delicious! Thank you!!

  8. This recipe was so flavorful, easy preparation…..absolutely delicious.

  9. This dish exceeded expectations- it is absolutely delicious. The kids even liked it which is always a win! It was super easy to put together and hardly any clean up. This is a great weeknight dinner that could easily pass for a Sunday supper. 

  10. Can I freeze the leftovers?

  11. This is delicious, and there is enough liquid to serve it over rice. My one suggestion is the recipe should be updated to say when to use the garlic powder!

  12. Really good!! Had a bunch of chicken drumsticks to use that I got at Costco and this was an excellent recipe!! Will definitely be making again!! 

  13. We don’t really care for dark meat. How would you alter this for chicken breasts ( prefer boneless, skinless)? Thanks!

  14. I don’t normally post reviews, but this recipe blew me away! It was so good, and very easy. It’s a keeper. 

  15. This dish was absolutely delicious! I rarely cook such a meal and was surprised how easy it was.  I can’t wait to try more recipes.

  16. We made this last month and OMG we love the flavor!!!

  17. Made this today for the first time and it is ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS!!! I did chicken broth instead of wine. Can’t wait to try it with all different cuts of chicken too. I’m so happy I found this recipe, it’s easy and fantastic!!

  18. This is a great recipe to make – super easy, uses shelf-stable vegetables and clean up is a snap. I use boneless, skinless chicken thighs for this recipe and add some more shallots because we love them. It is absolutely delicious!

  19. Delicious and easy! Made this last night.Used only thighs and butternut squash. ( I didn’t tell my husband about the butternut squash which he always avoids…. I wonder if he knew… he gobbled up everything). I put the wine at the same time as the lemon juice (I’d misread the recipe). Made no difference. All came out MOST EXCELLENT. Will be a repeat in my repertoire. Thanks!

  20. This is a staple in our family! It’s so simple and tasty, especially for a  Neanderthal man like my husband! The only thing I add prior to baking is sprinkling a little extra ginger, garlic powder, turmeric and herbs de Provence over top of the dish before putting it in the oven! It’s amazing and fantastic!!!

  21. Hi! Scrambling and don’t have turmeric at home, any suggestions for an alternative? I have ginger, cumin, curry, etc. 

  22. about to make.. looks wonderful.. my only negative comment is….. Why is the plate so full? Either use a bigger plate or less food

  23. Made the recipe but used chicken stock instead of the wine and it was truly amazing. The flavor with the added lemon really makes a wonderful sauce. I served with a side of broccoli to compliment all the great colors going on with the sweet potato. I will definitely make this dish again. Great for a small dinner party served with a crisp white wine.

  24. Excellent recipe! My 7 year-old said I should make this “all the time”. 🙂 Garlic powder is in the ingredient list but then not mentioned in the recipe, so I added half to the potatoes and half to the chicken, which worked well. For the last 10 minutes, I cranked the heat up to 475 to crisp the skin, which I had left on. This will definitely be added to our regular rotation!

  25. Absolutely loved this dish!

  26. I love almost every recipe I find on this website – thank you! This was tasty, and had an earthy sweetness to it, but I did think it was a bit bland.

  27. This is literally so good! I did it with chicken thighs (boneless) and cooked the same time (except only 10 minutes after removing foil). Worked great. This will be made again and again!

  28. This is SO freakin’ good!

  29. Hah!  I did not read your tips!  My fingers are yellow!  I have to say this is one of the best chicken dishes I have ever made.  It was so easy.  I can not wait to make it again.  

  30. I LOVED this dish! And so did my husband and two year old! It tastes like a fall day. Definitely going into my rotation.  

  31. This was delicious! Used butternut squash instead of sweet potatoes and only made half the recipe. The squash made a sauce with the chicken juices that was drinkable 😋!

  32. So Good!!!
    The store only had grill pack. We cut that up into legs and thighs. 3 each. Cooked it in a cast iron skillet in the oven. Came out perfect!

  33. Awesome, delicious and easy to prepare.

  34. Made this for dinner and loved how easy it was! Good meal to not have to be in the kitchen all night. Did 2 breast and 4 drumsticks. Have enough for another dinner with leftovers, but needed to add a spicy element. Going to try reheating by simmering in skillet with curry powder and red pepper and add up front for the next round. Served with fall salad (apples, arugula, toasted almonds, blue cheese and vinaigrette). 

  35. Great little recipe.  My 14 y o is horrified her nails are yellow though. So be warned!

  36. Love this recipe! I meal prep, make two batches, and even after eating it for a week, I still love it! Such good flavors!

  37. Can I add broccoli to this.?

  38. This recipe is in my top 5 from Skinnytaste. SOOO good! I used all chicken thighs and chicken broth instead of wine, and it was legit delicious. The sweet potatoes were so tender and so was the chicken.

    • One of my favorite skinny taste recipes! So amazing. I make two batches and meal prep for the week. Even after eating 8 servings, I’m still not sick of it! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

  39. Made this today…so good! The whole house smelled kinda spicy, and the meal was just delish!

  40. This was excellent! Made it tonight. The combination of flavors was wonderful. Will definitely make again. Only question I have,…where does the one teaspoon of ground garlic go? 

  41. TURMERIC ROASTED CHICKEN AND SWEET POTATOES is so awesome! Or as my students used to say, It is the bomb!!! We have made it twice, and doubled the recipe the second time. It is just the best. Leftovers are just as good too!! thanks 1,001 over for this one.

  42. I had high hopes for this recipe, as I pretty much LOVE anything that Gina creates. For some reason, the flavor of this was just off a bit. The chicken was good, but the sweet potatoes with turmeric didn’t taste great and my family didn’t care for it at all.
    The leftover chicken was great in a salad though.

  43. This is absolutely delicious!!! Gotta be one of my favorites! Thank you! 

  44. Where does the white wine come in? I don’t see it in the directions.

  45. I’ve already made this twice! My husband, who typically doesn’t like sweet potatoes, loved it too! I think because it makes them savory, not sweet. I used boneless chicken thighs and they worked great. I love that this recipe uses just one bowl for prep- clean up is so fast! The leftovers reheated really well (I used a toaster oven, not microwave, so they crisped up again a bit). Great recipe, thanks!

  46. This website was recommended to me by my nutritionist. I came across this recipe and made this for the first time last night, and it was a hit! I didn’t have any shallots on hand, so I substituted a small amount of sweet onion. I love how easy this was to make and doesn’t require a bunch of crazy ingredients. We are already looking forward to the leftovers tonight, and I’m already planning on making this again next week. Great recipe!! 

  47. I didn’t see when to add the garlic powder. So I just sprinkled it on both the potato and and chicken. I am sure it will be delicious!

    • Same, please update to indicate where to add the garlic powder.  Also, the TOTAL amount of sweet potato is 14 oz? That felt low, and didn’t cover the bottom of an13x9 dish, even with shallots. 

  48. What temperature do I cook it at?

  49. I made this last night and it was a hit. This recipe is yummy and easy (I used pre cut sweet potatoes to make it even easier).  The sauce has a really great flavor and everything comes out tender and delicious. I will definitely be making this again.

  50. This was a HIT with my family (even my 7 & 9 yr old)! My daughter who has negative things to say about EVERY meal said, “I really love this chicken!” My husband said these were the BEST sweet potatoes he’s ever had (in fact, I didn’t think he even LIKED sweet potatoes)! But now, I need a recipe to get tumeric out of clothes.

  51. We loved this!! It was so easy, and delicious! I had to keep my husband from eating the other two servings so I could have lunch! I added asparagus so there was something green, super easy to toss together. I will definitely be making this again!

  52. Made this tonight for dinner and it was fabulous! I was unsure about the turmeric and was worried that the flavor would be too strong, but it was perfect. Chicken was moist and flavorful, potatoes melted in your mouth. Already planning to make it again this week for friends who’re coming over for dinner. We love your recipes, Gina! Thanks!

  53. This is a wonderful recipe. Very flavorful. Definitely “a keeper “. 

  54. This recipe was delicious. I added Brussel Sprouts on top of the chicken and potatoes so that I had a green vegetable in the mix and didn’t have to make a salad to go with it. I served it with warm Italian bread to soak up all the wonderful juices. The whole family loved it! I will definitely make it again.

  55. This looks delicious.
    Curious can it be adapted for the instant pot and if so what recommendations and settings
    Thanks

  56. Seems delicious ! Is it 11 points because of the chicken skin? Thank you for your wonderful website.

  57. What temperature should you bake this at?

  58. I just made this recipe and it got rave reviews. I had cut the recipe in half because it is only two of us. I could have made 3 portions since my husband would have eaten more. The one thing I did do was I added the full 1/3 cup of wine to the pan. Since it is cooked at a high temperature, I was afraid it would scorch the pan. I am glad I did that. I made this in my Dutch oven. This recipe is a keeper!

    • Would this freeze well prior to baking? My sisters and I do Freezer Meals and a lot of our recipes are from Skinnytaste. Thanks, Gina!

  59. My husband is diabetic and on a low carb diet. Do you think cauliflower would work instead of potatoes?

  60. if i do skinless chicken breasts (no bone) how long would you suggest baking them?

  61. Would butternut squash take about the same cook time?

  62. Can you use a crock pot for this recipe ?

  63. I just got an Instant Pot. Can I use it for this:?

  64. Can we us all thighs? Are thighs healthy.

  65. What would the points be with skinless chicken breasts on the bone?

  66. Sorry—I didn’t see in the recipe for a temp to cook the chicken! I was going to use Boneless chicken breasts, since that’s what I have, and knowing the temp will help me figure out when to put them in after the sweet potatoes. Thanks!

  67. What oven temp do you use for roasting? 

  68. This sounds amazing! I love turmeric. I have some boneless skinless chicken thighs. Do you think it would work with the recipe? Or is it recommended with bone in only? 
    Thanks 

    • Sure although it may take less time. But the sweet potatoes probably need the same time, so you will have to adjust.

      • Just did boneless chicken thighs, sliced potatoes about 1/4 inch thick. Cooked a total of 45 minutes. Perfect and delicious!