Baked Chicken and Sweet Potato Fries

Hey everyone! I wanted to share a really simple, cheap, and yummy dinner solution that is perfect during the winter exam season! I know this is mostly a fashion or beauty blog, but from the blog’s conception, I also wanted to include food recipes as well. Unfortunately, I didn’t have a good lens to shoot in indoor or low-light settings until I received my new lens a few days ago :)!

The prep time for this meal is around 30 minutes or less, it takes 50 minutes to bake. You will need to spend about 15 minutes seasoning the chicken thighs and 15 minutes cutting the sweet yam. I also like this meal because it is super cheap. A pack of 4 chicken thighs was $4 and the sweet potatoes came up to $1.50 at my local overpriced grocery store (Metro). I also buy these pre-made and pre-washed spring salad containers because it is super convenient. They are around $5 and usually last a week for my boyfriend and I.

Here is a picture of the finished meal:

finished1

To start off you will need to season the chicken at least a couple hours before putting it in the oven (I seasoned it for about 4 hours, but overnight would probably yield the best result).

chicken spices

Sprinkle and massage these ingredients into the raw chicken (enough for 4 thighs):

  • Superior Dark Soy Sauce: approx. 3 table spoons
  • Light Soy Sauce: approx. 2 table spoons
  • Sugar: 1 table spoon
  • Steak Spice (basically mustard seeds): sprinkle generously, approx. 1 tea spoon
  • Club House Roast Garlic & Peppers Spice: sprinkle generously, approx. 2 table spoons
  • Sea Salt: sprinkle lightly, approx. 2 tea spoons

My boyfriend and I pretty much use the same “seasoning technique” for anything we bake..including chicken legs, chicken wings, and pork loins. So if you do run out to get these spices, you can use them for pretty much anything else you want to bake!

They should look similar to this when they are fully seasoned:

seasoned chicken

For best results, refrigerate the spiced chicken if left overnight. Start preparing the sweet potatoes about 1 hour before you want to eat, since it takes about 50 minutes for the chicken to finish baking. Remember to pre-heat the oven to 375F. While you waiting for the oven to pre-heat, this should give you just enough time to cut the sweet potatoes. Cut the sweet potatoes into fries. I prefer to cut them thicker and fatter because when you bite into them it will be soft and juicy :). Also remember to spread a thin layer of oil on the baking pan for the fries, so it won’t stick to the aluminum!

raw sweet potato

When the oven finishes preheating, place the sweet potato fries and the chicken pans parallel to each other on the middle rack of the oven. The fries will be ready in 40 minutes, and the chicken will be ready in 50 minutes.

When you take the fries out of the oven and you are waitng for the chicken to finish you can start making your salad. Since I buy the pre-packaged ones I don’t need to wash them. I simply pour some Balsamic Vinegar Vinaigrette over it to add flavour. Here is a picture of the finished meal:

finished chicken 2

finished chicken 3

Have a great meal everyone :)! Hope you enjoyed the recipe!

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