Spicy Orange Glazed Sweet Potatoes

I’m always looking for new ways to prepare sweet potatoes. They’re incredibly tasty and have the added bonus of being considered one of the healthiest foods we can eat. Whether you slice them thin and fry them into chips or bake them with different toppings, using sweet potatoes is a great way to switch up the regular potato side dish with something a little more interesting.

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Two words come to mind when I think of this dish: simple and flavorful. It could not be easier to put together, yet packs a ton of sweet and spicy flavor into every bite. The sweet potatoes are roasted in a hot oven, so the skin stays crisp while the inside becomes soft and tender, ready to soak in lots of flavor. I take orange juice and zest, mix it with honey, and add a kick of heat from chipotle peppers in adobo sauce. You’ve got sweet, spicy, and citrus flavors in the form of a rich, luxurious glaze, the perfect topping for a mound of bite-sized sweet potatoes.

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Brands I Use:
Aunt Sue’s Raw-Wild Natural Honey
San Marcos Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce

After cooking the glaze and pouring it over the sweet potatoes, I reserve a little in the saucepan, reduce it even further over medium-high heat for a minute or two, and spoon it over the top for a glossy, extra rich finish.

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Spicy Orange Glazed Sweet Potatoes
chipotle + adobo + honey

Yield: 4-6 servings

3 lbs sweet potatoes (about 4 large)
Olive oil, salt, pepper

2 large oranges, juiced
1 teaspoon orange zest
½ cup honey
1 (11 oz) can chipotle peppers in adobo sauce

Sweet Potatoes:
Cut the sweet potatoes into bite-sized chunks, leaving the skins on. Place them on a sheet pan and generously coat them with olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Roast the sweet potatoes in a 400°F oven for about 30 minutes, or until tender and slightly crisp.

Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, combine the orange juice, zest, and honey. Remove 1 large chipotle pepper from the can, dice it finely, and add it to the saucepan along with 1 tablespoon of the adobo sauce. Bring the mixture to a boil, reduce to a simmer, and cook until thick and syrupy, about 10-15 minutes.

To serve:
Pour the glaze over the sweet potatoes and garnish with a slice of orange.

Printable version of Spicy Orange Glazed Sweet Potatoes

One thought on “Spicy Orange Glazed Sweet Potatoes

  1. Hi Kayla,
    Wow, another great recipe! First of all, I love sweet potatoes…I make them all the time whether I bake them, mash them or my favorite is sweet potato fries. This was a unique great new recipe for me. I always love the sweet and spicy combination in any recipe and this one was definitely a winner, especially with the twist from the citrus of the orange. Awesome!

    Love, Auntie Lisa

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