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Chicken Breasts with Pan Sauce {Favorites}
and mashed sweet potatoes

Active: 35 minTotal: 35 min
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When we originally featured this chicken dish, one of our paleo / Crossfit-ing members wrote me to say that this was the perfect post-workout meal. Whether you're pumping iron or not, this is a simple and healthy dish that'll help you refuel from a long day. Plus, you'll feel like a pro in the kitchen by making your very own pan sauce.


Mashed Sweet Potatoes:
  • Sweet potatoes - 1 1/2 lbs, peeled & chopped into 1" cubes
  • Yogurt, plain or Greek - 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup
Garlic Soy Marinade:
  • Garlic - 2 cloves, chopped
  • Thyme, fresh - 2 sprigs
  • Soy sauce, low-sodium - 2 Tbsp
  • Worcestershire sauce - 1 Tbsp
  • Oil, olive - 2 Tbsp
Chicken Breasts with Pan Sauce:
  • Chicken breasts, boneless and skinless - 1 1/2 lb
  • Garlic soy marinade - 1/3 cup (ingredients listed separately)
  • Parsley (opt) - 2 Tbsp, chopped
  • Cornstarch - 2 tsp
  • Water - 2 Tbsp
  • Oil, cooking - 2 Tbsp
  • Thyme, fresh - 2 sprigs
  • Wine, white - 1/4 cup (sub stock)
  • Stock, any variety - 1 1/4 cup
  • Mustard, Dijon - 2 tsp
  • Lemons - 1/2, juice of

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Servings Per Recipe 4
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  1. Sauce - Mix sauce ingredients together. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  2. Chicken - Tenderize with a fork and marinate (ideally overnight) in the garlic-soy marinade. (Can be done up to 2 days ahead)
  3. Parsley - Prep as directed. (Can be done up to 3 days ahead)
  4. Sweet potatoes - Peel and chop into 1" (2.5cm) cubes. (Can be done up to 3 days ahead)
  5. Corn starch mixture - Mix corn starch with 2 tbs. (30 ml) cold water.


  1. Place chopped sweet potatoes into a pot and cover with cold water by about an inch. Bring to a boil, and then simmer until you can easily insert a knife through the potatoes, ~6 to 10 minutes.
  2. While sweet potatoes are cooking, heat a saute pan over medium-high heat. Add cooking oil, and then chicken to heated oil. Sear on both sides for 3 minutes.
  3. Lower heat to medium, and add 2 more thyme sprigs, white wine, and chicken stock, scraping up any brown bits that may have formed on the pan. There will be some steaming action, so be careful! Cover and cook for another 4 to 6 minutes, until chicken has reached an internal temperature of 165F(74C) degrees. Instead of using a thermometer, I use touch. Press down on the chicken and if it has a little bit of give, it's done. Rock hard is overcooked, really squishable is still too uncooked.
  4. Remove cooked chicken from pan and add mustard and corn starch mixture to the pan. Bring to a simmer and let sauce cook until it's thickened. Turn off heat, and add lemon, parsley, and season to taste with salt and pepper, and serve over chicken.
  5. When sweet potatoes are done, drain and let steam for ~5 minutes so some of the moisture evaporates. Then mash with Greek yogurt, starting with less and adding more as needed. Season to taste with salt.

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This meal has 21 reviews

The pan sauce was delicious!

By: Jennifer
Posted: Mar 18, 2017
Diet: Original

Turned out awesome!!!

By: Tanner
Posted: Mar 30, 2016
Diet: Original

One of my favorites!

By: Marissa
Posted: Oct 29, 2015
Diet: Paleo

The chicken and sauce were delicious, but against my instinct I did the mashed sweet potato which I already knew is never worth the effort. Next time I'll roast the sweet potato cubes and add some steamed broccoli.

By: Jae
Posted: Aug 27, 2015
Diet: Original

yummy! Bit of a hassle to mash the sweet potatoes (ended up using food processor), but oh so yummy especially the pan sauce. Will want to make extra next time as everyone was going back for 2nds.

By: Marisa
Posted: May 17, 2015
Diet: Paleo

I might have used a few too many sprigs of thyme, but this was nevertheless fantastic! Halved the chicken breasts so that more surface area would marinate and pick up the pan sauce. Yum!

By: Sundi
Posted: Nov 26, 2014
Diet: Original