Cheesy Chicken and Salsa Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Those of you that are no stranger to this blog may recall that I have a slight addiction to savory stuffed sweet potatoes.  It’s really just a minor crush of sorts.  In no way did I eat one nearly every day for a year straight…

Ok so maybe I did.

If you’ve jumped on this fabulous foodie bandwagon at some point within the last few years then it’s safe to say that you totally understand my obsession.  I recently had some leftover chicken from my tortilla soup-a-thon and it suffered the fate that nearly all my leftovers succumb to:

Cheesy Chicken + Salsa Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

I originally wasn’t planning on blogging this hunk of a sweet potato, since it’s more or less a meal idea versus a recipe.  But then I realized that hello! meal ideas are worth their weight in gold!  Sometimes something as simple as a glance through a food magazine or a drool-worthy Instagram photo can inspire an entire meal.  So with that in mind, let’s dive into the details of this dish:

alliteration: I love it.

Cheesy Chicken + Salsa Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Cheesy Chicken and Salsa Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

[no measurements needed; just grab the ingredients and have at it!]

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Cheesy Chicken and Salsa Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

10 minPrep Time

8 minCook Time

18 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • sweet potato [grab one for a speedy solo dish or a few to feed a crowd!]
  • leftover shredded salsa chicken [recipe below]
  • greek yogurt [or sour cream!]
  • mexican, gouda, or cheddar cheese
  • sriracha chili sauce
  • black beans
  • green onion
  • cilantro
  • salsa

Instructions

  1. Simply bake or microwave your sweet potato to fluffy perfection, pinch the sides [once cooled!] to create a boat for your yummy toppings to float in and stuff away! I add the black beans and cheese first, re-heat to melt, and then add all additional toppings afterwards. It's quick, easy, and beyond tasty!
Recipe Type: entree
http://peasandcrayons.com/2014/01/cheesy-chicken-salsa-stuffed-sweet-potatoes.html

 brontosaurus vegansaurus chefs whip these up sans chicken or try any of the topping combinations from [this] post!

t-rex chefs here’s how to make the shredded salsa chicken:  start with a chicken breast sans bone and skin [or grab a few if you’d like leftovers for soup, tacos, and salads!] and set a pot of water on the stove to boil. Boil the chicken until tender [this goes surprisingly quickly!] and remove water from the pot. Pour in your favorite homemade or store-bought red or green salsa and shred the chicken in the salsa using two forks [giving it a few chops with a knife can help this go even quicker!]. Reduce heat to low and simmer the chicken in the salsa for 15 minutes or so to intensify the flavor. I also add in a few taco-esque seasonings such as chili powder, cumin, cayenne, and a little bit of garlic powder too! If you plan ahead you can even toss the chicken, seasoning, and salsa in your crock pot [kind of like I did with this soup] and let the slow cooker do the work for you! Simply set it, forget it [ok maybe not forget entirely!] and then shred it when you’re ready to dig in! The result is a tender, juicy, flavorful chicken that can be used for nearly anything!

Cheesy Chicken + Salsa Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Plus all that color?  It’s like a painting on a plate!

  Though I’m fairly certain Jackson Pollock didn’t lick his canvas afterwards 😉

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18 Comments

Yuuummmayyyy. I am a big fan of the stuffed sweet potato and it may or may not make an appearance at least once a week for my work lunches during the week. Ahem. I could totally see changing up the fillings and adding some soy-meaty products to make it more robust. Or adding mushrooms. Om nom nom.

I pretty much have to make myself eat sweet potatoes when baked {diced, or cubed and I am good}, but sadly even after drooling over all your yummy sweet potato pics, I have never made a savory one. I must try this!

I love your stuff it all in a potato philosophy! and with fabulous toppings like that who could resist licking the plate 😉

Awesome! I want to lick my screen! Haha. BTW, salsa chicken also works super well in the crock pot. A little water, salt and pepper the chicken. And I add the salsa before cooking. It shreds super easy and tastes great! Great over rice or quinoa. Now I have to do it Peas&Crayons style over a sweet potato! Yum!

I’ve eaten savory stuffed potatoes the past two days and then I come here and lo and behold, it’s a savory stuffed sweet potato. Great minds think alike. I’m pretty sure I need to go eat another potato.