How do you feel about sweet potatoes? Do you love them? Hate them? Or just feel indifferent towards them?
I have yet to decide how I feel about sweet potatoes. Back in 2010, when I was pregnant for the first time, I craved sweet potato fries like mad. Which resulted in me eating way too many of them and now when I think of them, I kind of gag/cringe. Sad isn't it? But I do still kind of like sweet potatoes when they are mixed into a recipe and I do buy them on occasion.
Which brings me to the next part. Over a month ago now, I picked up a couple sweet potatoes from the farmers' market. I used probably three small ones with a meal and then promptly forgot about the rest. About a week ago, I noticed that they were starting to look a little sad and shrivelled so I decided that it was time to use them up. Like I've said before, I'm trying to not waste food.
So I pulled out one of my favourite sweet potato recipes. It's a photocopy of a recipe that a coworker brought back from The Royal Winter Fair held in Toronto each year. I guess she had seen a cooking demonstration and this is what they made, handing out recipes at the end.
Honey Mustard Chicken and Sweet Potato Casserole
1 lb. chicken breasts, cubed in 1 inch pieces
1 Tbsp. oil
1 Tbsp. garlic, chopped
2 sweet potatoes, cubed in 1 inch pieces
1 Tbsp. honey
2 c. chicken broth
1 Tbsp. cornstarch
1 Tbsp. grainy mustard
1 c. peas (or other green vegetable)
Heat oil in a pan. Add cubed chicken and brown. Remove chicken from pan and set aside.
Add garlic, sweet potatoes, mustard, honey and 1 1/2 cups of chicken stock to pan. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Add browned chicken, bring back to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Mix remaining 1/2 cup of chicken stock with cornstarch and add to pan. Add peas and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Serve over rice and enjoy!
It's not really a casserole though. More like a one pot meal. We like to double the saucy part so that it isn't quite as dry. Although this time I went a little overboard with the chicken broth and it ended up being a little too liquidy. So we made up some rice to serve it over, which ended up being really tasty and actually stretched the meal! So I will probably be doing that again.
I love the simplicity of this meal. There aren't many ingredients and not many steps. Plus, I love a meal that only dirties one pot! Unless you make rice, then it's two pots.
Overall, I like this meal and I like the sweet potatoes in it. I'm still not a fan of sweet potato fries or a meal that is overpowered by the sweet potato taste, but I can have them on occasion.
So, what's the verdict? Tell me how you feel about these happy little orange vegetables!