The star of this dish is the Middle Eastern spiced chicken. Drizzled with a garlic-lemon yogurt sauce and served alongside fragrant almond rice.
Turkish Spice Blend
Almonds, sliced(ContainsTree Nut/Noix)
Red Onion, chopped
Salt and Pepper*
Before starting, preheat the oven to 425°F and wash and dry all produce. Cut sweet potatoes into 3/4-inch pieces. Toss sweet potato, half the onions, half the garlic salt and 1 tbsp oil (dbl for 4 ppl) on a baking sheet. Season with pepper. (NOTE: For 4 ppl, use 2 baking sheets.) Roast in middle of oven, flipping halfway through cooking, until golden-brown, 20-22 min.
While potatoes roast, peel, then mince or grate garlic. Heat a medium pot over medium-high heat. When hot, add 1 tbsp oil (dbl for 4 ppl), then garlic and remaining onions. Stir often, until fragrant, 1 min. Add rice and 1 1/4 cups water (dbl for 4 ppl). Cover and bring to a boil over high heat. Once boiling, reduce heat to low. Cook, still covered, until rice is tender and liquid is absorbed, 12-14 min.
While rice cooks, heat a large non-stick pan over medium heat. When hot, add almonds to the dry pan. Toast, stirring occasionally, until golden, 2-3 min. (TIP: Keep your eye on them so they don't burn!) While almonds toast, pat chicken dry with paper towels. Sprinkle over Turkish Spice Blend and remaining garlic salt. Season with pepper. When almonds are done, transfer to a plate and set aside.
Using the same pan, increase heat to medium-high. Add 1 tbsp oil (dbl for 4 ppl), then chicken. Pan-fry, until golden, 1-2 min per side. Transfer chicken to the baking sheet in oven with sweet potatoes. (NOTE: For 4 ppl, put 2 breasts on each sheet). Roast in middle of oven, until chicken is cooked through, 10-12 min.**
While chicken cooks, zest 1 tsp lemon rind (dbl for 4 ppl), then juice half the lemon (1 lemon for 4 ppl). Cut remaining lemon into wedges. Roughly chop cilantro. Whisk together yogurt, lemon zest, 1 tbsp lemon juice, half the cilantro and 1 tsp sugar (dbl all for 4 ppl), in a small bowl. Season with salt and pepper.
Fluff rice with a fork, then stir in toasted almonds and remaining cilantro. Season with salt. Slice chicken. Divide rice between plates and top with sweet potato and chicken. Spoon over yogurt sauce. Serve with lemon wedges, if desired.