Curried Chicken with Sweet Potatoes and Cauliflower

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Boneless, skinless chicken thighs, with a little help from the well-seasoned yogurt marinade, remain moist and tender when oven-roasted. Hint: Soaking the prepared vegetables in ice water for 15 minutes before roasting will hydrate them, making them more moist and tender when cooked.

Curried Chicken with Sweet Potatoes and Cauliflower
photographer: Ken Burris
Nutritionist Tested & Approved

Time: 330 minutes (30 minutes prep)

Ingredients
  • 3/4 cup nonfat plain yogurt

  • 1 teaspoon Madras-style curry powder (see Ingredient note)

  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander

  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger

  • 1 clove garlic , minced

  • 3/4 teaspoon salt , divided

  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • 8 boneless, skinless chicken thighs (about 1 1/2 pounds), trimmed (see Tip)

  • 1 sweet potato (about 1 pound), peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes

  • 3 cups cauliflower florets (1 small head) or broccoli florets

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

  • Freshly ground pepper to taste

  • 1/4 cup chopped unsalted dry-roasted peanuts or cashews

  • 1/4 cup loosely packed cilantro leaves

Directions
  1. Combine yogurt, curry powder, coriander, ginger, garlic, 1/2 teaspoon salt and cayenne in a shallow glass dish; mix to blend. Reserve 1/4 cup of this mixture; cover and refrigerate. Add chicken to the remaining yogurt mixture and turn to coat. Cover and marinate in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours or overnight.

  2. Preheat oven to 450°F. Lightly coat a large rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray.

  3. Remove the chicken from the marinade and place on the prepared baking sheet. Toss sweet potato with the reserved yogurt mixture in a medium bowl and place on the baking sheet. Toss cauliflower with oil in a medium bowl and add to the baking sheet. Season vegetables with the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper. Roast chicken and vegetables, uncovered, for 15 minutes.

  4. Carefully turn the chicken over and stir the vegetables. Roast until the vegetables are tender and chicken is cooked through, 10 to 15 minutes more.

  5. Arrange chicken and vegetables on a platter or individual plates and garnish with peanuts (or cashews) and cilantro.

Ingredient Tip: Madras-style curry powder is hotter than standard curry powder. You can find it in specialty stores.

Tip: You can purchase chicken thighs that have already been boned and skinned in most supermarkets. They can be quite fatty, so trim carefully. If you cannot find boneless, skinless chicken thighs, substitute bone-in thighs and pull off the skin. In Step 3, roast chicken for 10 minutes before adding the vegetables.


Nutritional Facts

Servings
4
Calories
573
Carbohydrates
34 g
Fat
26 g
Saturated Fat
6 g
Protein
52 g
Cholesterol
154 mg
Dietary Fiber
7 g
Potassium
1183 mg
Sodium
655 mg
Yield
4 servings
Exchanges
1 1/2 starch
1/2 vegetable
6 lean meat
1 1/2 fat
Fiber
30% daily value
Vitamin A
440% dv
Vitamin C
110% dv
Iron
20% dv
Folate
2% dv

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