This Harvest Chicken & Sweet Potato Salad makes for a perfect healthy fall meal. Make it for a holiday party or meal prep to have it all week long. It is gluten free, dairy free, paleo, and Whole30 approved.
I think I have said this a few times, but I think fall is officially here in Austin. The times before mother nature just tricked us. It was gorgeous out for a few days, but then the temperatures rose again. I think cooler weather is here to stay now. It has been pretty crappy the last few days though. Cloudy, lots of rain, and no sunshine. It was nice the first few days, but now I am kind of getting tired of it. It does make for perfect photography weather though!
Life has been pretty uneventful lately. After a crazy October I really don’t mind though. It has given me a lot of time to make some delicious recipes for you guys. And this salad y’all!! It just screams fall/Thanksgiving/holiday/all those buzz worthy terms right now. If you haven’t noticed I’m kinda obsessed with all those flavors right now. Hence these whipped sweet potatoes, sweet potato & beet stacks, pumpkin pie butter…the list can go on.
This chicken & sweet potato salad takes all those fall flavors and combines them together. Roasted sweet potatoes, seasoned chicken, cranberries, pecans, and a cinnamon dressing. I used chicken for this recipe, but feel free to use turkey. It’s like Thanksgiving in bowl that way.
This salad is also perfect for meal prep. It saves well so you can make it on Sunday and have it for the week. I have been taking a scoop and throwing it over some greens for an easy and balanced lunch. Plus there is a good balance of protein, carbs, and healthy fats. You can also throw the chicken in the crockpot instead of pan frying it to make it even more hands off!
Harvest Chicken & Sweet Potato Salad
- 2 large sweet potatoes, diced (about 800 grams)
- 1 pound skinless chicken breast
- 1 1/2 cup whole cranberries
- 1/2 cup halved pecans
- 1/4 cup packed parsley, roughed chopped
- 2 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon avocado oil, divided
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- pinch of red pepper flakes
- salt and pepper, to taste
Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Mix diced sweet potatoes with 2 tablespoon avocado oil and salt and pepper. Place and baking sheets and roast for 30 minutes.
While the sweet potatoes bake, make the chicken. Mix garlic, ginger, cinnamon, red pepper flakes, and salt and pepper in a small bowl. Rub evenly over chicken. Heat a medium skillet over medium heat. Add 1 teaspoon avocado oil and let it get hot, about 30 seconds. Cook chicken breast until cooked through and no pink remains, about 20 minutes. Once it is done, remove from heat and let cool. Shred with either a fork or pull apart with your hands.
Make the dressing. Mix all ingredients in a small bowl.
Place chicken, cranberries, pecans, parsley, and cooked sweet potatoes in a large bowl. Pour over dressing and mix well.
Are you obsessed with all the fall flavors or not really into it?
What are some easy things you make for meal prep?