Chicken and Sweet Potatoes with Creamy Parmesan Sauce

Chicken and Sweet Potatoes with Spinach baked in creamy Parmesan Sauce. Easy, gluten free recipe for skin-on, bone-in chicken thighs. 

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 6 servings
Calories 457 kcal


  • 6 chicken thighs , skin-on, bone-in
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves , minced
  • 1 cup half and half
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan , shredded
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 6 oz baby spinach
  • 2 sweet potatoes large, cut in 1 inch cubes
  • 1 tablespoon butter


  1. Pre-heat the oven to 400 F.
  2. Generously season both sides of chicken thighs with salt and pepper.
  3. Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Add in the the chicken thighs, skin side down.
  4. Fry the chicken until the skin is very crisp, about 5 minutes. Then, flip the chicken over to the other side, turn off the heat and let the chicken brown on the other side, off heat, uncovered. Remove the chicken from the pan and set aside. Drain the fat from the pan, clean it, and place back on the stove.
  5. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in the same pan, add minced garlic, and cook, stirring until garlic is fragrant, about 30 or 45 seconds. Add 1 cup half and half to the pan. Bring to boil. Add shredded Parmesan cheese, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and stir to melt. Immediately reduce to simmer. Add fresh spinach on top of the sauce, cover with the lid, and remove the pan from the heat - let the spinach wilt on its own, off heat, covered. If the sauce is too thick, add a little bit more of half and half. Stir the spinach in the sauce.
  6. In the mean time, cut sweet potatoes into 1 inch cubes.
  7. Grease the bottom of 9x13 baking pan with 1 tablespoon butter. Place cubed sweet potatoes evenly on the bottom of the pan. Pour the creamy Parmesan and spinach sauce on top. Add chicken thighs on top, skin side up.
  8. Bake the chicken in the oven at 400 F for about 40 minutes, uncovered, or until the potatoes and the chicken thighs are cooked through.
  9. Remove from the oven and serve.

Recipe Notes

Adapted from Damn Delicious and The Kitchen Magpie

Nutrition Facts
Chicken and Sweet Potatoes with Creamy Parmesan Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 457 Calories from Fat 306
% Daily Value*
Fat 34g52%
Saturated Fat 11g69%
Cholesterol 136mg45%
Sodium 397mg17%
Potassium 603mg17%
Carbohydrates 12g4%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 24g48%
Vitamin A 9160IU183%
Vitamin C 10mg12%
Calcium 195mg20%
Iron 1.9mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.