Grilled Buttermilk Chicken Legs & Sweet Potato Mash

Prep Time: 15 min
Cook Time: 30 min
Serves: 4

Chicken soaked in buttermilk absorbs moisture and stays tender during cooking. Think of it as a “no added salt” brine!


Grilled Buttermilk Chicken Legs & Sweet Potato Mash:

2.2 lb (1 kg) chicken legs, (4 large legs)
1/2 cup (125 mL) buttermilk
1 tsp (5 mL) thyme, dried
1/2 tsp (2.5 mL) garlic powder
1 tsp (5 mL) onion powder
1/2 tsp (2.5 mL) black pepper

Sweet Potato Mash:

4 cups (1 L) sweet potatoe(s), cubed
1 tsp (5 mL) olive oil
1 tbsp (15 mL) maple syrup
1/4 tsp (1.25 mL) cinnamon, ground
1 pinch nutmeg, ground


Grilled Buttermilk Chicken Legs & Sweet Potato Mash

1 Remove skin from chicken legs. Use a sharp knife to separate legs into thigh and drumstick portions by cutting through at the joint. Add chicken pieces to a re-sealable plastic bag.
2 Add buttermilk, thyme, garlic powder, onion powder and freshly ground black pepper to bag and seal. Use hands to mix marinade and massage into chicken. Place in refrigerator and chill for at least four hours and preferably overnight.
3 Preheat grill over medium-high setting. Remove chicken from marinade and place on top shelf and close. In a saucepan, bring marinade to boil. Cool and use for basting. Grill chicken over medium-high heat for 15 minutes per side until cooked through and a thermometer registers 165°F (74°C). Baste with cooked marinade a few times during cooking.
4 Serve with the Sweet Potato Mash

Sweet Potato Mash

1 Peel and dice sweet potatoes. Cover with cold water in pot. Bring to boil, reduce heat and simmer until fork tender. Alternately pierce whole sweet potato with a fork a few times and microwave on HI power for 10 minutes or until very soft. Cut in half, cool. Scoop out flesh and add to medium bowl.
2 Mash sweet potatoes with the olive oil, maple syrup, cinnamon and nutmeg until well combined.