Chicken and Sweet Potato Egg Nests


Brunch turns an ordinary morning into a celebration of food, friends and fun. But the sweet breads, muffins and waffles often served can be problematic for anyone with food allergies and sensitivities. Fortunately, there are many dairy-free and gluten-free brunch options that can bring plenty of flavor to your table.

These days, modified muffin recipes can be found on nearly every special diet blog, but if you’re looking for something on the savory-side, try these Chicken and Sweet Potato Egg Nests. This gluten-free brunch recipe combines tender chicken and creamy mustard into sweet potato cups for a wholesome, bite-sized treat that will have guests coming back for more.

Plus, here are some additional ideas to round out your dairy-free and gluten-free brunch:

  • Gluten-free bread served with a selection of fresh sliced premium deli meats and condiments (minus the cheese!). Serve them open-face, giving your brunch the look and feel of a European spread.
  • Make a beautiful platter of sliced kiwi, strawberries, mango, blueberries and pineapple. Serve alongside honey to put a bit of splash on your dairy-free and gluten-free brunch table.
  • Roast a variety of vegetables, such as asparagus, carrots, and brussels sprouts. Sprinkle them with fresh herbs as they emerge from the oven.

Gluten-Free Brunch Recipe: Chicken & Eggs in Sweet Potato Nests

Chicken & Eggs in a Sweet Potato Nest
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This wholesome dish uses simple ingredients. It’s lean and natural profile could even classify this recipe as paleo! Recipe and Photo Source: Boar’s Head.
Serves: 6 servings
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • ½ Cup Yellow Onion, sliced
  • 1 Pound Sweet Potatoes, shredded
  • 1 Tablespoon Deli-Style Mustard (All of the Boar’s Head condiments are GF/DF)
  • 4 Large Eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 Cup Finely Diced Oven-Roasted Chicken Breast (Boar’s Head brand is GF/DF)
  • 1 Teaspoon Thyme, minced
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. In large nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium heat and cook onion until soft and golden.
  3. Mix shredded sweet potatoes with sautéed onions and mustard. Mold mixture into separate cups in a muffin tin.
  4. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until crisp; cool in the pan. (This can be done a day ahead of time. Cover the cooled cups and wrap in plastic; refrigerate.)
  5. Scramble eggs with chicken, and when cooked, evenly divide among the sweet potato cups.
  6. Top with thyme and serve.
This recipe is Dairy free, Gluten free, Nut free, Peanut free, Soy free, Wheat free, and Sugar free.

About Author

Alisa is the founder of, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.


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  2. Has anyone tried freezing this meal? How did it turn out? Trying to find some lactose free meals I can make for my mom that are easy for her to reheat. Thank you.

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  4. Hi! I made this tonight and it was delicious, but I couldn’t get the nests to crisp up on the bottom – they were still soggy, even after 45 mins in the oven. I used silicon muffin liners for ease of cleanup. Could that have something to do with it? (I DESPISE cleaning muffin tins).

    • Yep, pretty sure it was the silicone, but I don’t blame you – I use them too! In step 3, I might try cooking the sweet potatoes in the skillet to crisp them up a bit first – just a thought!

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