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Chili-Honey Chicken & Sweet Potatoes w/ Cilantro Yogurt

April 12, 2024

This sweet-and-spicy sheet pan chicken thigh recipe is the stuff healthy weeknight supper dreams are made of.

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Chili-Honey Chicken & Sweet Potatoes w/ Cilantro Yogurt on a sheet pan

Got the Weeknight Blues? This Easy Chicken Thigh Sheet Pan Recipe Is Here to Spice Things Up!

A sweetly spicy honey-kissed sheet pan chicken thigh recipe, comin’ in hot! Chicken thighs, sweet potatoes and a few carefully chosen spices team up to bring a little life into your weeknight routine—because who said easy has to be boring? Grab some boneless, skinless chicken thighs (from the grocery store, or your freezer if you’re prepared like that!) and a sweet potato or two, and put that spice rack to work. Cayenne—just a touch—ginger, chili powder and some honey come together to really make this chicken-and-potatoes dinner sing.

Chili-Honey Chicken & Sweet Potatoes sheet pan dinner ingredients. Cilantro Yogurt, jalapeño and green onions.

Everything You Need to Make Our Sweetly Spicy Sheet Pan Chicken With Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes keep for ages and chicken thighs freeze beautifully, so it’s pretty darn easy to have the makings of this sheet pan dinner recipe on-hand year round. It’s not exactly a pantry recipe, but it is one that you can easily stock the ingredients for and be able to make on the fly. In other words, it’s one of the best back-pocket, weeknight-lifesaver recipes, ever. You’ve got salt, pepper and olive oil—we know you do!—so, other than those super-staples, here’s all you’ll need to make our sweet-and-spicy chicken thigh sheet pan:

  • Boneless, skinless chicken thighs

  • Sweet potatoes

  • Honey

  • Spices: cayenne pepper, chili powder, ground ginger, garlic powder.

honey, olive oil, cayenne pepper, chili powder, salt, pepper, ginger and garlic powder mixed together in a bowl.
Greek yogurt, Cilantro, Lime juice, Garlic powder, Sea salt, Jalapeño, Chili powder and green onions in a food processor.
boneless skinless chicken thighs and sweet potato wedges on a sheet pan
chicken thighs and sweet potato wedges on a sheet pan with chili-honey marinade

Make It Restaurant-Worthy: Drizzle With Yogurt-Cilantro Sauce

Sure, you could just eat the chicken and sweet potatoes on their own, maybe with a green salad on the side. But this simple yogurt sauce takes this sheet pan chicken from a pretty-good dinner to absolutely fantastic. You could serve this as the main event of your next dinner party and not a single person would complain. It’s that good. The sauce cools and compliments the smoky spices that adorn the chicken and potatoes and, thanks to the cilantro, it adds a welcome bright burst of freshness to the mix, too. To make it, simply blend:

  • Greek yogurt

  • Fresh cilantro

  • Fresh lime juice

  • Garlic powder

  • A seeded jalapeño

  • Chili powder

Chili-Honey Chicken & Sweet Potatoes baked on a sheet pan
Chili-Honey Chicken & Sweet Potatoes w/ Cilantro Yogurt baked on a sheet pan

How To Make This Simple Chili-Honey Chicken Thigh Dinner

What did we do before sheet pan dinners? Did we even make dinner? Who can remember. All we know is that they’re here now and thank goodness for that. Chicken thighs, sweet potatoes and sheet pans are a powerful triumvirate—healthy, filling, easy-to-love, and fast enough for a busy night. Add some punchy spices and you’ve got yourself a dinner to be proud of! Here’s how truly easy it is to make:

  1. Whip up a spicy honey sauce: combine honey, olive oil, cayenne, chili powder, salt, pepper, ginger and garlic powder.

  2. Toss the chicken thighs and sweet potatoes with the honey-chili sauce on a baking sheet.

  3. Bake! Then broil! Bake for 15 minutes, then broil for about five more to get a nice caramelization situation going on both the chicken and the potatoes.

  4. Whiz together that yogurt-cilantro sauce while the chicken broils.

  5. And that’s it! Dinner’s done!

Chili-Honey Chicken & Sweet Potatoes sheet pan dinner w/ Cilantro Yogurt
Chili-Honey  Chicken & Sweet Potatoes sheet pan dinner w/ Cilantro Yogurt

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Did that work? We’re not sure. But what we’re trying to say is chicken thighs, we love you. You’re cheap. You’re delicious. You freeze well. You’re healthy—just about as healthy as chicken breast and a whole lot tastier. We hope this easy chicken thigh recipe hits the spot for you like it did for us. When you make it, we want to hear about it! Share a photo and tag us on Instagram using @themodernproper and #themodernproper so that we can see your stuff! Happy eating!

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Chili-Honey Chicken & Sweet Potatoes w/ Cilantro Yogurt

  • Serves: 6
  • Prep Time:  15 min
  • Cook Time:  25 min
  • Calories: 556

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons honey, warmed
  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2½ pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs, fat trimmed
  • 1½ pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch-thick wedges
  • 4 green onions, chopped

Cilantro Yogurt Sauce

  • ¼ cup packed fresh cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lime juice
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 jalapeño, seeded
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • 2 green onions
  • ¾ cup Greek yogurt

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Line a large rimmed sheet pan with parchment paper.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together the warmed honey, olive oil, cayenne, chili powder, salt, pepper, ginger powder, and garlic powder until fully combined.
  3. Place the chicken and sweet potatoes on the prepared sheet and toss with the spice mixture until completely coated.
  4. Roast the chicken and potatoes for 15 minutes. Turn on the broiler and cook for another 5 to 8 minutes, until the chicken is browned and sweet potatoes are tender.
  5. Meanwhile, make the cilantro yogurt sauce. In a food processor, combine the cilantro, lime juice, garlic powder, salt, jalapeño, chili powder, green onions, and ½ cup of the Greek yogurt. Blend until smooth, then transfer the cilantro sauce to a small bowl. Stir in the remaining ¼ cup of Greek yogurt until smooth.
  6. Drizzle the chicken and sweet potatoes with the cilantro yogurt sauce. Serve sprinkled with the chopped green onions.

Nutrition Info

  • Per Serving
  • Amount
  • Calories556
  • Protein48 g
  • Carbohydrates43 g
  • Total Fat20 g
  • Dietary Fiber5 g
  • Cholesterol136 mg
  • sodium1481 mg
  • Total Sugars10 g

Chili-Honey Chicken & Sweet Potatoes w/ Cilantro Yogurt

Questions & Reviews

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  • Laina

    This looks delicious, but I don’t like cilantro. What would be a good substitution for the cilantro? Thanks so much!

    You can just leave cilantro out. Hope you enjoy

  • Nathalie

    The recipe doesn’t really work. The warmed honey when mixed with other ingredients just becomes a gloop that doesn’t stick to the chicken or sweet potatoes.

    Yeah honey is hard to distribute once mixed with other ingredients. You could try drizzling the honey over the top instead. Some brands of honey work better than others. But the recipe is still delicious!

  • Emily

    How long would it take to cook in the oven if I used bone-in chicken thighs?

    Thanks!

    We haven't tested this with bone-in. Bone-in will take quite a bit longer which would then effect the cook time needed for the sweet potatoes.

  • Barbara

    My husband doesn't like sweet potatoes, what can I use instead?

    You could use regular potatoes. Hope you enjoy.

  • Anna

    If I wanted to freeze half to save as a meal for later, would you freeze and then bake for longer or bake and then freeze? Thanks!

    I haven't tested it yet, but I would freeze and then bake longer later. But I wouldn't make the sauce until the day of, it won't freeze well.

  • Care

    I made this on Sat March 2nd and I am 100% a beginner cook. I have to say this recipe tasted amazing for everyone in my family. The honey was so delicious I remade the honey sauce over and over and put it on all the vegetables for the night. The sauce paired with the chicken was amazing as well.

    Thanks, we are so glad you loved it!

  • Mercedes

    Omg so good. First time trying this recipe was amazing. Been doing it every week since. Better than restaurant quality. Way healthier and tasty af

    WOW! Love to hear you make it every week, so fun. Thanks Mercedes!

  • Amanda

    This was delicious.

    Thanks Amanda, so happy you enjoyed it!

  • Megan

    This was so yummy, especially the cilantro yogurt! The cooking time was off for us. Added an extra 10 minutes time after broiling, but super tasty & yummy!

    Thanks Megan, so happy you loved it!

  • melissa

    This was delish! But, the cooking time was off - I ended up roasting the chicken and sweet potatoes for 30 minutes, then broiling for 20 minutes. Perfect. If I had cut the potatoes smaller than what the recipe suggested, they probably would have roasted in 15 minutes.

    OK thanks for letting us know! So glad you loved the recipe!