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Turmeric Roasted Chicken and Sweet Potatoes

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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.

Turmeric Roasted Chicken and Sweet Potatoes

Turmeric 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 Turmeric 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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Turmeric Roasted Chicken and Sweet Potatoes

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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.
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.
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 1 hour
Total: 1 hour 15 minutes
Yield: 4 servings
Serving Size: 2 pieces chicken , 1/2 sweet potato


  • 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)


  • 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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Serving: 2 pieces chicken , 1/2 sweet potato, Calories: 516 kcal, Carbohydrates: 28 g, Protein: 55.5 g, Fat: 18 g, Saturated Fat: 4 g, Cholesterol: 249 mg, Sodium: 857 mg, Fiber: 3.5 g, Sugar: 5.5 g


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134 comments on “Turmeric Roasted Chicken and Sweet Potatoes”

  1. One of my all time favorites! The spices are so different and so yummy! Thank you, Gina, for making me feel a little like a chef.

  2. This is one of my favorite recipes. I make it on a Sunday for leftover weekday lunches. I use boneless/skinless chicken thighs and it’s always a hit at my house. Thank you for the great recipe!

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    Charlene Letendre

    It is very delicious! Served it on a plate of spinach! Only thing is I am not using chicken breasts again. The chicken was chewy and abit tough, Maple Leaf brand. I will use drums or thighs from now on. Sauce is so good! And omit the broth I think too.

  4. I’m a big Skinnytaste fan and this is easily one of the best recipes I’ve tried, and it’s a tough competition. Made it one week and then made it again the next. Definitely one to try!

  5. This is a perfect yummy tasty “comfort food” type dinner.! We will definitely have this again and would serve to anyone! Thank you Gina !

  6. This recipe is such a huge favourite around our house.  We use all chicken thighs and are really heavy-handed with all the spices (any maybe the wine too) and it never disappoints.  It’s such great winter comfort food.  I often make a double batch and bring one down to my parents – it’s that good.  

  7. I halved the recipe as it is just 2 of us and we both absolutely loved it! So flavourful and easy! This will be on my rotation going forward for sure!

  8. This recipe was great! I substituted carrots for sweet potatoes (because I had extra carrots), and it was delicious. I’m sure it would be great with sweet potatoes as it’s written as well. I’ll definitely make it again.

  9. There are so few Skinnytaste recipes that we do not like. Sadly, this was one of them. Maybe I did something wrong but it was just “eh.” Will move on from this one and find other yummy Skinnytaste recipes that we will love.

  10. We love this recipe. I often make up the spices and have on hand to sprinkle on veggies like cauliflower when roasting it in the oven for any dinner. I had boneless skinless chicken thighs that I trimmed the fat and ended up with a pound( started out with 20 ounces!) I did go more on potatoes–and used one pound cut up and of course the shallots. I agree with one reviewer who said they would add more shallots and next time I would as they are so good in this. I also roasted cauliflower with the seasonings on the side. We went lighter on chicken then –just one piece and more veggies. I do like it also with bone in–the boneless thighs are pretty forgiving so they don’t get too overbaked but can cut back–the sweet potatoes do get very soft–but we liked them.

  11. One of our favorites. I make it often with no changes. Want to make some meals to freeze,  Does it freeze well? 

  12. Gina, I appreciate these beautiful recipes! They are the perfect balance of scrumptious flavor and encouragement healthful choices. Such a pleasure to cook – my family especially loves this one. Thank you!

  13. Made this last night ! It was soooo good and the house smelled amazing 
    We served with salad and bread and everyone ate it 
    Super easy clean up too
    I think the next time I will add Brussels and onions just because 
    You won’t be sorry if you make this, it’s definitely a crowd pleaser -and easy 
    Thank you 

  14. Has anyone attempted or think this is feasible in a slow cooker? My oven is being wacky and I bought everything to make this! Was thinking of trying it in a slow cooker, but figured I’d ask if anyone has attempted! 

    1. I’d speak to his pediatrician but yes, having a diet of whole foods and cutting out sugar is a great place to start.

    1. I would probably do a salad or veggies since this already has starchy sweet potatoes. But thats just me and it depends on what I ate throughout the day. There is no wrong here, I just try to balance my day.

  15. Delicious! Pretty much followed the recipe exactly as written and I wouldn’t change it. The whole family loved it! Super easy to make also.

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    sandeep singh

    Also put a spoon of “masala” (found in any Indian store). It adds more flavor and in Indian dishes, tumeric and masala is the base for “curry”.

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    Rachel Thomas

    Does this have to be bone in? Or does it just make it more flavorful? I have boneless skinless chicken breasts id like to use, but I don’t want to ruin the dish either haha. 

    1. Boneless skinless thighs worked better for me, but reduce the time.   When I tried bone in thighs and cooked the full time recommended, the sweet potatoes turned mushy.   I also double the spice ingredients.  The flavor is absolutely incredible! 

  18. So good – I have made this recipe many times now. Need to try pre-marinating as others have suggested but I can not imagine this recipie getting even better.

  19. This was absolutely delicious! Instead of Herbs de Provence I used minced fresh rosemary, dried thyme and sumac. I also marinated the chicken pieces in the lemon seasoning mixture for several hours prior to cooking. So freaking good!

  20. I was really excited to make this after reading the reviews! We love skinnytaste and my whole family really enjoys the recipes I make at least 5 times a week, but this one wasn’t for us. The turmeric was a bit overpowering and my husband doesn’t like bone in chicken. My 7 year old liked the chicken OK but didn’t eat the vegetables. This one won’t be repeated, but I look forward to trying some new ones this week!

  21. Made this tonight for dinner – delicious!!!!! I added cauliflower and carrots.  The sauce is very flavourful with the herbs and the lemon – yum!!!!!  First time using turmeric – will make this again!!

  22. This recipe is fantastic. Recommend making it. Messy cook warning: wear an apron to prevent splashing the turmeric sauces on your clothes.

  23. 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!!

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

  25. 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!

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      Harriet Johnston

      I love this recipe although I do it
      Different. I combined all of the ingredients in a bowl, make a rub. I combine the chicken, sweet potato and onion and then dump the mixture on top. I then rub it all
      Over the entire dish right in the roaster.  It is so amazing and the taste is incredible.  I find it a bit simpler and a little faster.  (I usually 4x the recipe in a large roaster). 

  26. 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!

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

  28. 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!!

  29. 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. 

  30. 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!

  31. 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!! 

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

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    Linda Mangliers

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

  34. 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.

  35. 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!!

  36. 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!

  37. 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!

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    Ellen Dickhaus

    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!!!

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

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

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    Patsy Gallery

    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.

  42. 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!

  43. 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.

  44. 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!

  45. 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.  

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

  47. 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 😋!

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    Billie Krutsch

    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!

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    Katherine T.

    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). 

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

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    Stephanie Duffy

    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.

    1. 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! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

  52. 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? 

  53. 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.

  54. 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.

  55. 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!

  56. 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!! 

  57. 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!

    1. 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. 

  58. 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.

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    Sonja Bandstra

    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.

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    Jackie Campbell

    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!

  61. 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!

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    Brenda Winall Smith

    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.

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

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

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    Janet Hirshberg

    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!

    1. 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!

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

  67. 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!

    1. Hi Hannah,

      Didi you try it with boneless chicken breasts? I’d like to do the same and was wondering when to add the chicken? Thanks!

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        Hannah Stapleton

        I haven’t tried it yet, but a chicken breast baked at 425 for 20-25 minutes. So I’ll probably stick it in after 25 minutes. 🙂

  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? 

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

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