Maple-Bourbon Chicken with Grilled Sweet Potatoes


The sweetness in this Maple-Bourbon Chicken recipe is from the real maple syrup and grilled sweet potatoes. Bacon is also included!

Prep Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
8 hrs 35 mins
Total Time:
8 hrs 55 mins
4 servings


Maple-Bourbon Chicken:

  • 2 (12 ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breast halves

  • 2 tablespoons bourbon or apple cider

  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup

  • 1 tablespoon reduced-sodium soy sauce

  • 2 teaspoons Dijon-style mustard

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • ½ teaspoon ground ancho chile pepper or chili powder

  • 1 medium Sliced green onions

Grilled Sweet Potatoes:

  • 2 12-ounce sweet potatoes

  • 1 medium onion

  • 6 slices lower-sodium, less-fat bacon

  • 3 tablespoons melted light butter with canola oil

  • ½ cup shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese (2 ounces)


  1. Place chicken in a resealable plastic bag set in a shallow dish. For marinade, in a small bowl combine bourbon (or apple cider), maple syrup, soy sauce, mustard, garlic, and ground ancho chile pepper. Pour marinade over chicken. Seal bag; turn to coat chicken. Marinate in the refrigerator 8 to 24 hours, turning bag occasionally.

  2. To prepare the Grilled Sweet Potatoes: Fold a 36x18-inch piece of heavy foil in half to make an 18-inch square. Peel sweet potatoes and slice 1/4 inch thick; place in center of foil. Top with onion, sliced 1/4 inch thick, and bacon, cooked and finely chopped. Drizzle with melted butter. Bring up two opposite edges of foil; seal with a double fold. Fold remaining ends to enclose potatoes.

  3. Grill potato packet, covered, over medium heat 30 to 40 minutes or until potatoes are tender, turning packet every 10 minutes. Remove from grill. Carefully open packet and sprinkle potatoes with cheddar cheese. Re-seal packet and let stand 5 minutes or until cheese is melted.

  4. Meanwhile, drain chicken, discarding marinade. Add chicken to grill the last 15 minutes or until done (165 degrees F), turning once (see Tip). Remove from grill and let stand 5 minutes.

  5. Cut chicken in half. Serve with sweet potatoes and, if desired, green onions.


Tip: To make crosshatch grill marks, grill the chicken on each side for 7 to 8 minutes. But halfway through grilling each side, use tongs to rotate each chicken piece a quarter turn so the second grill marks are perpendicular to the first ones.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

496 Calories
13g Fat
41g Carbs
48g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size 5 ounces chicken and 3/4 cup sweet potatoes
Calories 496
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 41g 15%
Dietary Fiber 6g 20%
Total Sugars 11g
Protein 48g 96%
Total Fat 13g 17%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 143mg 48%
Vitamin A 22058IU 441%
Vitamin C 5mg 6%
Folate 38mcg 10%
Sodium 557mg 24%
Calcium 271mg 21%
Iron 2mg 9%
Magnesium 94mg 22%
Potassium 1188mg 25%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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