What’s sweet, savory and just a little bit spicy all rolled into one? These stuffed BBQ sweet potatoes that’s what. This BBQ chicken stuffed sweet potato recipe is loved in my household, so they are sure to be fan favorites in yours. They are such an easy dinner option it will become a regular in your meal rotation. If you love easy no fuss recipes like this, you should also try my chicken sheet pan fajitas, Easy Cheesy Turkey Taco Bake, BBQ Chicken pizza, or this Chicken teriyaki meal prep.
These days time is precious for everyone with work commitments, family time and just living every day life. What I love about these stuffed BBQ sweet potatoes is that they are simple to make and requires no real cooking time (or effort) on your part. They are such an easy meal that is filled with wholesome ingredients.
WHAT DO I NEED TO MAKE STUFFED BBQ SWEET POTATOES?
This BBQ chicken stuffed sweet potato dish only requires a few simple ingredients and most of them you most likely already have on hand. If not make a quick trip to your local grocery store for these simple ingredients:
- Boneless Skinless chicken breast
- Sweet Potatoes
- Low Sugar BBQ Sauce – this one is my favorite bbq sauce
- Red onion
- Mozzarella cheese
- Dried parsley
HOW DO I MAKE STUFFED BBQ SWEET POTATOES?
I always love recipes that have very little prep time and requires limited cooking on my part. This is why this slow cooker meal fits the bill. While I used a crock pot you can also use an instant pot as well to cook the chicken.
First you are going to place your chicken along with the spices, chipotle sauce and a 1/4 cup of BBQ sauce in the crockpot and cook on low (or high if you’re in a hurry). If cooking on low you will cook for 4-6 hours. If cooking on high you will cook for 2-3 hours depending on how big the chicken breast are.
While your chicken is cooking, wash the sweet potato skins throughly and drizzle with some olive oil and kosher salt. Set your oven to 350 degrees, wrap your potatoes in foil and roast for 40 – 45 minutes depending on how large they are. Once they slice easily with a paring knife, then they are done cooking.
Once your chicken is cooked (you’ll know because it shreds easily), remove from the crockpot, and shred the chicken mixture and set aside. If you feel the chicken is drying while you are shredding, add some of the juices from the slow cooker to the mixture. It’s a great way to keep the chicken breast nice and moist. Next remove sweet potatoes from the oven slice lengthwise and allow to slightly cool.
Next you’re ready to stuff your potatoes.
Take your sliced sweet potato and scoop out some of the filling. This gives the shredded chicken a place to go. To the top of each sweet potato add the saucy chicken then place mozzarella cheese on top. Next, add any additional toppings like pickled red onions and an extra drizzle of your favorite barbecue sauce.
WHAT TOPPINGS TO USE?
For this recipe I use
- Part-skim mozzarella cheese
- Quick pickled onions – HERE is a great recipe for pickled onions from my foodie friend
- Dried parsley
Other toppings you may want to consider
- Sliced green onion
- Roasted garlic
- Roasted bell peppers
- Low fat ranch dressing
- Fresh basil
ALTERNATIVES TO TRY
There are some alternatives you can try for this stuffed BBQ chicken recipe that will either cut down on prep time altogether or make these even more flavorful.
Rotisserie chicken: If you want to cut down on some time, buying a store-bought rotisserie chicken will significantly cut down on time. Simply remove the chicken from the package and shred the chicken. Next, heat a skillet to medium heat and spray with cooking spray. Add the chicken along with the bbq sauce and 1/4 cup of chicken broth to make the chicken filling.
Chicken thighs: Chicken thighs are also a great alternative to chicken breast. Since they have a higher fat content the chicken will naturally be juicier.
Microwave Sweet Potatoes: Instead of roasting the sweet potatoes, you can quickly cook them in the microwave for about 6-8 minutes depending on how large the potatoes are. This method I do find the potatoes tend to dry out more vs. when baking them.
Cheese options: While I used a mild cheese for this recipe, you can choose to use some alternatives to make this dish your own. A few more bolder options are:
- Cheddar cheese
- Feta Cheese
- Bleu Cheese
- Smoked Gouda
ARE THESE GOOD FOR MEAL PREP?
Well of course they are! That is, if you have any left over, seriously they are that yummy. You can choose to package these two different ways.
First you can fully stuff your potatoes, along with the toppings and store in an airtight container. This way makes it super portable and you just heat and eat.
Alternatively, you can choose to stuff the potato with the chicken and leave off the toppings until you’re ready to eat. This way the red onions stay nice and cool and is a great contrast to the heat of the potato and chicken.
Either way you decide to package them, you can’t go wrong!
BBQ Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
- Slow Cooker
- 1 lb Chicken
- 4 medium Sweet potatoes
- 1 tbsp Chipotle in adobe sauce
- 3/4 cup Low sugar BBQ sauce + more for drizzling
- 1 tsp Chilli Powder
- 1 tsp Garlic Powder
- 1 tsp Onion Powder
- Crushed red pepper flakes to your taste
- Low fat mozzarella cheese
- 1 tsp Chopped red onions or pickled onions
- pinch Dried parsley
- Place chicken plus all of the spices in a slow cooker. Cook on low for 4 – 6 hours. Until chicken is cooked through and easily shreds.
- While the chicken is cooking, roast your sweet potatoes in the oven on 350 degrees for 45 – 60 minutes or until they are fork tender.
- Once chicken is cooked, in a separate bowl, shred the chicken and drizzle with additional bbq sauce.
- To build your potato, slice the sweet potato in half lengthwise and stuff shredded chicken inside. Next add a sprinkle (about 1 tbsp) of cheese on top.
- Top with diced red onions and dried parsley.