Brown Sugar Mustard Chicken and Sweet Potatoes

31 | February 15, 2014

Brown Sugar Mustard Chicken and Sweet PotatoesI don’t know about you but I’m utterly obsessed with the Olympics. I’ve been like this as long as I can remember. It’s like a two week long Super Bowl without the horrible halftime shows and that makes me beyond enthralled! Hockey, skiing, skeleton, speed skating, snowboarding, bobsled, biathlon — it’s all awesome (notice I didn’t say figure skating, it’s a little too bedazzled for my tastes).

In honor of the Olympics, I’ve been making simple no fuss dinners so I don’t miss a second. The other night we threw a few chicken thighs and sweet potatoes in a pan for a crazy simple one-pot meal, just in time to watch USA women’s hockey team prove how awesome women are at sports. I’m not biased or anything.

Crispy yet succulent chicken thighs are beyond flavorful when glazed with a sweet mustard thyme sauce and roasted with sweet potatoes — the perfect one-pot dinner.

It’s as simple as…


Brown chicken thighs in a oven-safe pan such as a cast iron.

sweet potatoes

Remove thighs and add sweet potatoes and garlic; place the chicken on top of the potatoes.



In a bowl, combine mustard, brown sugar, and thyme.

oven mustard chicken

Spread over chicken, place in the oven, and roast for 50 minutes.

Brown Sugar Mustard Chicken and Sweet Potatoes

Boom! An amazingly delicious chicken dinner for any day of the week. The chicken comes out of the oven incredibly tender with such amazing flavor and the sweet potatoes are nice and caramelized. It’s a great weeknight meal. Cheers!

Mustard Roasted Chicken and Sweet Potatoes

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 8 minutes

Cook Time: 50 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Mustard Roasted Chicken and Sweet Potatoes

Crispy yet succulent chicken thighs are beyond flavorful when glazed with a sweet mustard thyme sauce and roasted with sweet potatoes -- making the perfect one-pot dinner.


  • 6 chicken thighs
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 medium sweet potatoes, cubed
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 3 tablespoons stone ground mustard
  • 1 tablespoon dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme
  • Garnish with pickled red onions* and fresh thyme, if desired


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Season chicken thighs with salt and pepper.
  2. In a large oven-safe pan over high heat, place the chicken thighs skin side down and sear until golden, about 3 minutes. Flip and sear for another 3 minutes or until browned. Turn off heat and remove thighs to a plate.
  3. In the same pan, add potatoes and garlic cloves. Stir to coat the potatoes in the chicken drippings. Place the chicken thighs on top of the potatoes.
  4. In a bowl, combine mustard, sugar, and thyme; stir. Pour evenly on chicken. Place in the oven and roast for 50 minutes. Remove and allow to rest for 5 minutes before serving. Garnish with fresh thyme sprigs and pickled red onions if desired. Serve.


*To Quick Pickle Onions: Combine 1 cup red wine vinegar with 1 tablespoon granulated sugar and 1 teaspoon kosher salt; stir until dissolved. Peel and thinly slice a red onion. Place onion slices in a glass jar or sealable container. Pour the vinegar mixture over the onions, seal, and refrigerate for 2 hours.


  • Sandi Gaertner (@sandigtweets)

    I love the one pot meals. We have been watching all of the Olympics as well.

    Thanks for reminding me to use my cast iron pan more often. I forget how handy they can be.

  • Paula - bell'alimento

    Oh sugah sugah! Want.

  • Julie

    I was going to make honey mustard chicken tonight, which my girls love, but it is getting too predictable. I might change it up – thanks for the inspiration :)

  • Melissa Miller

    This looks amazing! I’ve added it to my recipe box and I’m definitely making it later this week! We have sweet potatoes and we haven’t had them in such a long time!

  • Chris @ The Café Sucré Farine

    Such an easy dinner and it sounds amazing!

  • Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet


  • Kirsten/ComfortablyDomestic

    I’m right there with you, Meredith! As a kid, I used to daydream about what Olympic events I would compete in. Now I smile as my kids tell me which ones they would want to do. I’m always on the lookout for speedy, delicious meals, so this definitely fits the bill.

  • Anne-Marie @ This Mama Cooks! On a Diet

    My son thought this looked pretty good until he realized it was chicken, which he hates. So I may just try it with pork cutlets or chops. Gorgeous!

  • julia

    This looks delicious! Perfect weeknight meal!

  • Rebecca {foodie with family}

    I’m absolutely Olympics obsessed too! I can’t handle it. I love everything from slopestyle to ice dancing to speed skating to luge to skeleton to ALL. THE. OLYMPIC. SPORTS!

    And this chicken thigh and sweet potato beauty? Ooh baby. That’s a Gold Medalist!

  • Maria | Pink Patisserie

    There is just something so lovely, so comforting about food like this. Easy, and delicious and gorgeous, my kinda dinner!

  • Julianne @ Beyond Frosting

    Wow this looks so good! Now if I could only get my boyfriend to eat some different flavors!

  • Jackie {The Beeroness}

    I made skillet chicken thighs today too! I love how crispy the skin gets in a cast iron skillet. Yours look completely beautiful!

  • Aimee @ Simple Bites

    I miss the Olympics already! You guys really rocked the medal count.

    I may have to console myself with this utterly gorgeous dish. :)

  • Angela

    I have a feeling this is going to be a hit at my house! thanks for sharing, Pinned!

  • Leigh

    I made this last week and coming back for the recipe again! My family loved it. Thanks!

  • Mark

    Another stellar job sock monkey! The flavor was awesome. Served it with a quick salad and dinner was a snap.

  • Claire Gallam

    This looks so good!!

  • Dani

    Made this for my boyfriend’s parents last night and it was a huge hit! Thanks for sharing, I’ll definitely be making this again!

  • Miss Food Fairy

    Thank you so much for sharing this recipe! I would never have thought about using mustard and sugar together with chicken – it was delicious! (made it for dinner tonight) Easy & quick dinner

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