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!]

Cheesy Chicken and Salsa Stuffed Sweet Potatoes




Yield 1


  • 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


  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!

Courses entree

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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Nikki @ Road to Less Cake

I have to try this!

Aparna. B.

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.

Nichole C

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!


mmmm yyum! we have gotten into the habit of making potatoes in the oven but i think next week we’re going to try sweet potatoes!! xo jillian – cornflake dreams

Jenn @ Peas and Crayons

Hey Jenn! Thanks!!! Love the tip and sort of wish I had money for a stand mixer! Someday! I keep learning all sorts of fun tricks for them!

Kadee Cramer

Thanks you to I’m convinced that all leftovers need to be stuffed into a sweet potato. Soooo good.

Jenn @ Peas and Crayons

Yessss! Do it! =)

Jenn @ Peas and Crayons

No need to shell out the money for soy meat even — grab some straight up tofu and season it with taco seasoning and crumble it or grab extra veggies — the mushrooms would be brilliant!

Jenn @ Peas and Crayons

They’re DIVINE savory-style! Absolutely try it out sometime!

Jenn @ Peas and Crayons

haha yes! mission accomplished!

Jan @ Sprouts n Squats

Yum this looks like a great one!! I am drooling at my screen and it is breakfast time here 😉

Amanda @ .running with spoons.

I need this in my belly yesterday. Promise not to think less of me when I admit that I’ve never eaten a savoury sweet potato?

Sarah Pie

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

Angie @ A Mother's Pace

Sweet potatoes are my favorite food right now. I can’t get enough of them!! My favorite way to eat them right now is topped with chili and all the toppings. Your version looks fantastic as well!

Linz @ Itz Linz

everyone is jumping on this stuffed sweet potato thing – i must try it!!


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.

Three Girls One Apple

This looks sooooo good. Seriously painting on a plate.