Roasted Spiced Chicken with Cinnamon- and Honey-Glazed Sweet Potatoes

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Roasted Spiced Chicken with Cinnamon- and Honey-Glazed Sweet Potatoes / Mark Thomas

Mark Thomas

This dish makes delicious use of the warm spices prevalent throughout island cooking. The chicken needs time to marinate, so start the recipe ahead.

Makes 4 servings


  1. Chicken
    • 1/2 cup chopped onion
    • 4 garlic cloves, chopped
    • 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
    • 2 tablespoons honey
    • 1 tablespoon allspice berries, ground in spice mill or coffee grinder
    • 1 tablespoon chopped peeled fresh ginger
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh thyme
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
    • 1/2 Scotch bonnet chile or habanero chile, seeded, minced
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
    • 4 whole chicken leg-thigh pieces (about 2 1/4 to 2 1/2 pounds)
    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  2. Sweet potatoes
    • Nonstick vegetable oil spray
    • 2 tablespoons (1/4 stick) butter, melted
    • 2 tablespoons honey
    • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 2 pounds red-skinned sweet potatoes (yams), peeled, cut into 1/3-inch-thick rounds
    • Mango chutney


  1. For chicken:
    1. Place onion, garlic, apple cider vinegar, honey, ground allspice, chopped fresh ginger, chopped fresh thyme, salt, ground black pepper, seeded and minced chile, cinnamon, and nutmeg in processor. Purée marinade until coarse paste forms. Place chicken in large resealable plastic bag. Add marinade to chicken in bag and seal. Turn chicken to coat. Refrigerate at least 8 hours or overnight, turning chicken occasionally.
    2. Preheat oven to 400°F. Arrange chicken pieces, with marinade still clinging to chicken, on rimmed baking sheet. Brush chicken with oil. Roast until cooked through, about 45 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, for sweet potatoes:
    1. Spray another rimmed baking sheet with nonstick spray. Whisk butter, honey, lime juice, and ground cinnamon in large bowl. Add potato slices; toss to coat. Arrange potato slices in single layer on prepared baking sheet. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake potatoes alongside chicken until tender, about 25 minutes. Serve chicken with potatoes, passing mango chutney separately.

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Nutritional Info

  • Calories994
  • Carbohydrates69 g(23%)
  • Fat58 g(90%)
  • Protein49 g(98%)
  • Saturated Fat17 g(85%)
  • Sodium930 mg(39%)
  • Polyunsaturated Fat10 g
  • Fiber8 g(32%)
  • Monounsaturated Fat26 g
  • Cholesterol279 mg(93%)

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I can't believe it has taken me almost 6 yrs to finally make this! This is a really good variation on grilled/roasted chicken. Could easily be made with any chicken parts and would also be good w/pork. Marinated overnight and then most of next day and grilled on bbq. Also did sweet potatoes, to which I added a little more lime...a very nice combination of flavors for both of them. Served with a green salad and a nice glass of red wine.

Well, I put too much garlic in the spice rub. I got confused and thought that all 6 cloves were supposed to go in the spice rub. Anyway, it was good, but labor intensive, and I'm not going to try this one again for awhile--but I will try it again.

We loved this recipe. Cooked it the same day so didn't get the full marinade effect. Sauteed some of the onions, garlic and spices to toss into couscous as a side. Sweet potatoes were delicious!

Made this dish twice. First time marinated the chicken overnight, second time for 4 hours -- both got rave reviews from friends and family. Used allspice (not berries) and jalapeno pepper (not bonnet) for marinade; worked well. Sweet potatoes dish is exceptional -- prepared as written. Did not use mango chutney; no need.

I thought this was good, but not great. The flavors were different, and I used a whole roaster chicken. My paste came out fine and the chicken brown, not grey as some other reviews. I would make the potatoes again, they were delish! I didn't use the mango chutney..didn't see the need for it.

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