4-Ingredient Stuffed Sweet Potatoes With Barbecue Chicken – Gluten-Free, Paleo Friendly

No matter how much you enjoy cooking, there will be days when you don’t feel like messing with detailed recipes involving ingredients you’ve never heard of. It’s possible that you hate cooking and feel like this every day, which is totally okay. Regardless of whether you relate more to the first or second sentence, these 4-ingredient stuffed sweet potatoes are ideal for evenings when you need a simple dinner that won’t leave your stomach rumbling for more.

I’m recovering from an unplanned surgery (open ventral hernia repair, in case you were wondering), so I’m trying to keep dinners as easy as possible for the next month or so. This stuffed sweet potato recipe is part of my “I’m in Pain But Too Bad Because My Kids Want a Real Dinner” collection.

I dice my own onions, but many produce sections sell containers of diced onions that are great for busy people. You can also buy a rotisserie chicken or container of chicken chunks if you don’t want to cook your own chicken for this sweet potato recipe. Convenience is awesome.

Start by baking your sweet potatoes in the oven for 60 to 75 minutes at 400 degrees Fahrenheit. When you pull them out and slice them open, they’ll look like this:

Sweet Potato

I like to start simmering my chicken in barbecue sauce about 15 minutes before I plan to remove the sweet potatoes from the oven. All I do is dump some barbecue sauce, shredded chicken, and diced onions in a saucepan over medium-high heat and let it all simmer for 15 to 20 minutes.

Barbecue Chicken Mixture

Set some diced onions aside for later instead of heating them with the chicken and barbecue sauce. Raw onions add a nice crunch to stuffed sweet potatoes and offset some of the sweetness of the barbecue sauce. You can also add jalapenos to the chicken mixture, but I don’t do that when I make this stuffed sweet potato recipe for my kids. Only 1 of them shares my love for spicy food.

Turn the stove off and stuff your sweet potatoes with your barbecue chicken mixture. Serve with a light salad if you feel like you can’t pass off stuffed sweet potatoes as a complete dinner.

Stuffed Sweet Potato

As you see, we don’t need salad. These stuffed sweet potatoes are enough to fill us up.

Here’s a printable, Pinnable recipe for stuffed sweet potatoes with barbecue chicken:

Stuffed Sweet Potatoes With Barbecue Chicken
Print Recipe
Sweet, creamy sweet potatoes provide tasty vessels for tangy barbecue chicken in this quick and easy paleo recipe.
Servings Prep Time
4 people 10 minutes
Cook Time
60 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 people 10 minutes
Cook Time
60 minutes
Stuffed Sweet Potatoes With Barbecue Chicken
Print Recipe
Sweet, creamy sweet potatoes provide tasty vessels for tangy barbecue chicken in this quick and easy paleo recipe.
Servings Prep Time
4 people 10 minutes
Cook Time
60 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 people 10 minutes
Cook Time
60 minutes
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Pierce sweet potatoes with a fork and bake for 60 to 75 minutes, until soft.
  2. When sweet potatoes are almost done in the oven, place shredded chicken, barbecue sauce, and diced onion in a saucepan over medium-high heat for 5 to 10 minutes. Reduce heat to low and simmer an additional 5 to 10 minutes.
  3. Slice sweet potatoes lengthwise and stuff with barbecue chicken mixture. Top with uncooked diced onions, if desired.
Recipe Notes

Do not slice sweet potatoes immediately after you remove them from the oven. Steam will escape and burn your hand.

Use homemade barbecue sauce or buy sauce without refined sugar if you're making the paleo version of this recipe.

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