Jackie Pedersen, Dietetic Intern
OSF HealthCare Saint Francis Medical Center
Barbecue Chicken Sweet Potato Boats
Add a unique twist to your barbecue chicken with these sweet potato boats!
Non-stick cooking spray
4 medium sweet potatoes
1 Tablespoon olive oil
16 ounces ground chicken breast
1 red onion, chopped (reserve ½ cup for topping)
3 cloves garlic, minced
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
½ cup barbecue sauce (reserve ¼ cup for topping)
1 avocado, seeded, peeled, and chopped
¼ cup fresh cilantro leaves
- Preheat oven to 400º F. Spray a foil-lined baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray. Line sweet potatoes on baking sheet, and roast in the oven for 45-55 minutes, or until fork tender.
- While potatoes are cooking, heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add ground chicken and chopped onions and cook until chicken is no longer pink and onions are translucent, about 5-7 minutes. Use a spatula to break chicken into small ground pieces while cooking. Add the garlic, salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, and ¼ cup of barbecue sauce. Mix thoroughly and reduce heat to low.
- Once cool enough to touch, cut potatoes in half length-wise and scoop out most of the flesh into a medium bowl. Remove enough of the flesh to create a “well” in each potato half. Mash sweet potato with fork or masher. Add ground chicken mixture and mix to combine.
- Evenly fill each of the sweet potato halves with the chicken/potato mixture. Top each half with the remaining onions and barbecue sauce, and garnish with the avocado and cilantro.
Per sweet potato boat
Total Fat: 5 g
Saturated Fat: 1 g
Sodium: 331 mg
Total Carbohydrate: 24 g
Dietary Fiber: 4 g
Sugars: 12 g
Protein: 15 g