Cashew-Crusted Chicken with Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Cashew-Crusted Chicken with Roasted Sweet Potatoes
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Cashew-Crusted Chicken with Roasted Sweet Potatoes
Susan Irby
Cashew-Crusted Chicken with Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Cashews and chicken have always complemented each other nicely, and the coating of crushed cashews on these chicken breasts adds a delicious layer of flavor to an everyday staple. Cashews are a good source of iron and very low in cholesterol and sodium, so they're definitely a great addition in moderation to one's diet.

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2
Servings
215
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • Cooking spray
  • medium-sized sweet potatoes or yams, peeled and cut into 2-inch cubes
  • 2  Tablespoons  coconut oil
  • 2  Teaspoons  ground black pepper
  • 3-4 sprigs thyme
  • 1/2  Teaspoon  sea salt
  • Two 4-ounce boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/2  Cup  chopped cashews

Directions

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Spray a small baking dish with cooking spray. 

In a medium-sized mixing bowl, toss the sweet potatoes with 1 tablespoon of the coconut oil, 1 teaspoon of the black pepper, and thyme. Place the sweet potatoes onto the baking sheet and bake until fork-tender, about 35 minutes. 

Place the chicken in a medium-sized mixing bowl and toss with remaining coconut oil, black pepper, and the sea salt. Place on a flat plate and then gently press the cashews onto each chicken breast, coating both sides. Place the chicken in the baking dish and cover with aluminum foil. Bake until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 160 degrees, about 15 minutes.

To serve, place the baked chicken on a plate and serve with about 1 ¼ cups of roasted sweet potatoes.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
18g
26%
Saturated Fat
14g
58%
Cholesterol
26mg
9%
Carbohydrate, by difference
1g
1%
Protein
11g
24%
Vitamin B-12
1µg
42%
Calcium, Ca
4mg
0%
Folate, total
4µg
1%
Iron, Fe
2mg
11%
Magnesium, Mg
11mg
3%
Niacin
3mg
21%
Phosphorus, P
97mg
14%
Selenium, Se
10µg
18%
Sodium, Na
647mg
43%
Water
38g
1%
Zinc, Zn
2mg
25%

Cashew Shopping Tip

Whenever possible, purchase whole, not presliced or chopped nuts. They have a longer shelf life.

Cashew Cooking Tip

Toasting your nuts helps release essential oils and intensifies their flavor.