Lemon balsamic chicken with rosemary sauce is a healthier alternative to chicken and gravy over mashed potatoes. Serve this spicy braised chicken and dairy free sweet potato mash with a simple salad for a quick dinner!
About the recipe
This rosemary balsamic chicken and sweet potato mash is a simple recipe perfect for a quick and healthy family dinner. It’s also fancy enough to serve your guests. The gravy doesn’t require any saturated fat like butter or cream. Nor does it require dairy. The unique rosemary chicken sauce gets its rich flavors from balsamic vinegar, spicy dijon mustard and refreshing rosemary.
I’m always looking for ways to create or modify a recipe in line with my health goals, that is also easy and requires minimum effort, but has maximum flavor. This lemon balsamic chicken is one of the top chicken recipes on my list.
Here’s how you make it: Marinate chicken thighs for about 30 minutes and sear them on the stovetop. Make the rosemary chicken sauce (that requires simple ingredients and spices you might already have in your kitchen). Boil the sauce and braise the chicken with it.
Make sweet potato mash by boiling sweet potatoes and mashing them with salt, pepper and olive oil. Serve topped with chicken and rosemary sauce!
This is one of the easiest and most delicious chicken recipes you’ll find on the blog!
How to make lemon balsamic chicken
(You can find the exact measurements and instructions in the recipe card at the end of this page.)
1. Marinate chicken thighs
Marinate chicken with chilli powder, paprika, salt and lemon juice. Lemon juice helps tenderize the chicken.
Make a few slashes across the flesh with a knife or pierce with a fork. This will allow more of the marinade to seep into the chicken, making it moist and juicy.
Let the chicken marinate for about 30 minutes. If possible, marinate longer or even overnight in the refrigerator.
2. Make rosemary chicken sauce
- Balsamic vinegar: Sweet and tangy, this is what makes the sauce so good!
- dijon mustard: another important ingredient that gives creamy consistency and spicy tangy flavor.
- rosemary stalks: the main herb that helps brighten up the flavor of chicken.
- chilli powder
- ground cumin
- onion powder: you can also use dried onion flakes.
- garlic powder: minced garlic can also be used.
- brown sugar: can be replaced with honey or white sugar.
Whisk all the ingredients except rosemary in a small bowl. Add 1/4 cup of water. Keep aside.
3. Brown the chicken
Heat oil in a pan and sear the marinated chicken until browned. Flip and brown the other side. Sear in batches, so you don’t overcrowd the pan.
4. Braise the chicken
Remove the chicken and add the sauce to the same pan. Scrape out any bits of chicken stuck to the bottom of the pan. Bring it to a boil.
Add the seared chicken pieces and rosemary stalks. Baste the chicken with the sauce. Cook covered for about 15 to 20 minutes on medium-low flame until the chicken is cooked through.
Lemon balsamic chicken with rosemary sauce is ready to be served!
Dairy free mashed sweet potatoes
- Sweet potatoes
- oilve oil
How to make sweet potato mash
Boil the sweet potatoes. I prefer to boil them whole with skin, since it helps preserve the nutrients. Pressure cook in the instant pot on high pressure for 10 minutes and wait for the pressure to release naturally.
You can also use a traditional pressure cooker (5 whistles) or peel, cube and boil them in a pot on stovetop.
Peel and roughly chop the boiled sweet potatoes. Mash them with oil, salt and pepper until smooth. Serve on individual plates as a base for chicken and gravy.
Serve the chicken with rosemary sauce on the mashed sweet potatoes. Enjoy!
To save time, boil the sweet potatoes and prepare the sauce when the chicken is marinating.
For more citrus flavor, add a teaspoon of lemon zest to the sauce.
You can also use chicken breasts for this recipe. Alternatively, you can also bake them using this recipe for baked thin sliced chicken breasts. Make the balsamic rosemary sauce and serve with the chicken breasts.
What to serve with spicy braised chicken and sweet potato mash
- Easy beet orange salad
- Mustard green beans
- Lemon garlic quinoa
- Roasted pumpkin soup without cream
- Cream of cabbage soup
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