January 8, 2020

BBQ Chicken Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

These hearty bbq chicken stuffed sweet potatoes are an easy weeknight dinner and delicious way to get your sweet potato fix. Tender pulled chicken with barbecue sauce is stuffed into baked sweet potatoes and topped with a slightly tangy and fresh coleslaw. This recipe is also Whole30 compliant, Paleo-friendly, and gluten-free. 

A Hearty Dinner: Tasty BBQ Chicken Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Tender barbecue chicken and tangy coleslaw all stuffed into a perfectly baked sweet potato? I AM IN.

Stuffed sweet potatoes are highly underrated in my personal opinion. I mean, we give loaded baked potatoes all of the love, and while they are definitely tasty, stuffed sweet potatoes need love, too.

Sweet potatoes have a naturally sweet flavor that pairs really well with things like enchilada sauce (these stuffed sweet potatoes are another favorite) and barbecue sauce. There is something about the sweetness of the potatoes plus the tomato-ey tang of barbecue that just really, really, really works.

In this recipe, we take things to another level and add fresh coleslaw on top for even more flavor and freshness. Don’t worry though, even though this recipe looks like it’s got a lot going on, it could not be more easy.

Not only are these stuffed sweet potatoes delicious, they are also Whole30 compliant, Paleo-friendly, and naturally gluten-free. They are a quick, filling, and tasty recipe that I know you’ll love. Keep reading to learn how to make them!

What Size Sweet Potatoes to Use

The best sized sweet potatoes to use for this recipe are medium to large potatoes. You want to choose a sweet potato that is large enough to stuff without breaking. However, because each potato is supposed to be a serving, you don’t want to select a potato that’s too big to eat.

BBQ Chicken Stuffed Sweet Potatoes (Whole30 + Paleo)

How to Bake Sweet Potatoes

The easiest, and in my opinion, the best way to prepare sweet potatoes is my baking them in the oven. To do this, just wrap your sweet potatoes in a sheet of aluminum foil and then place them in the oven on a lined baking sheet and bake at 425 degrees.

Depending on the size of the potato, it usually takes around forty-five minutes to an hour for the sweet potatoes to cook through. After an hour just give the potatoes a gentle squeeze and if they give, they should be done.

How to Make BBQ Pulled Chicken

BBQ Chicken Stuffed Sweet Potatoes (Whole30 + Paleo)

There are two easy ways to make the bbq pulled chicken for this recipe. One way is by adding all of the ingredients to a slow cooker, letting the chicken cook for two or three hours, and then shredding. This is a great option if you want to run a few errands while your chicken cooks.

The second option is to make the chicken on the stove top in a large skillet or pot. Just add all of the ingredients to your skillet, bring to a boil, and then lower the heat to a simmer. Cover the chicken and let simmer for thirty to forty-five minutes until it is tender and easy to shred.

An Easy Coleslaw Recipe

The best part of this recipe is the easy coleslaw recipe that goes on top of the sweet potatoes. It adds a bright tang that works really well with the sweetness of the potatoes and barbecue chicken.

Here’s what you’ll need to make the coleslaw: 

  • Shredded coleslaw mix – you can usually find this in the same area you find the ready made salad mixes at your grocery store. You could of course slice your own cabbage and carrots, but who has time for that?

  • Mayo – this adds creaminess and helps bind everything together

  • Apple cider vinegar and dijon mustard – these ingredients help to give the coleslaw a tangy flavor that works really well with the sweet potatoes and barbecue chicken

  • Celery seed – this gives the coleslaw a delicious flavor

BBQ Chicken Stuffed Sweet Potatoes (Whole30 + Paleo)

How to Assemble the Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Making these sweet potatoes are easy as one, two, three. Start by cutting the sweet potatoes down the middle, then stuff them with the barbecue chicken, and top with the coleslaw. So easy.

You can serve these sweet potatoes on their own for a quick lunch or add a hearty side salad for more fresh greens and enjoy!

BBQ Chicken Stuffed Sweet Potatoes (Whole30 + Paleo)

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BBQ Chicken Stuffed Sweet Potatoes (Whole30 + Paleo)

  • Author: Ashlea Carver
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Author: Ashlea Carver
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x



  • 4 sweet potatoes

For the Pulled Chicken: 

  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breast

  • 10z Whole30 compliant barbecue sauce

  • ¼ cup apple juice or water

  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar

  • ½ tsp salt

For the Coleslaw:


  1. Slow Cooker Method: Add the chicken breast, barbecue sauce, water apple cider vinegar, and salt to your crockpot. Stir to combine. Cook on high for 2-3 hours until the chicken breast is cooked through and shreddable. Use two forks to shred the chicken breast in the barbecue sauce.
  2. Stove Top Method: Add the chicken breast, barbecue sauce, water, apple cider vinegar, and salt to a pot or large skillet. Stir to combine. Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer. Cover and cook for 30-45 minutes until the chicken is cooked through and tender. Use two forks to shred the chicken breast in the barbecue sauce.

  3. Bake your sweet potatoes at 425 degrees for 45 minutes to an hour, depending on their size.

  4. Add all of the coleslaw ingredients in a small bowl and stir until well combined.

  5. Assemble the potatoes. Split the sweet potatoes down the middle with a knife. Stuff them with the pulled barbecue chicken and then top with coleslaw. Serve and enjoy!

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    • I’m so glad you love them, Ashley! Thanks for taking the time to leave a review!

  1. I made this with leftover rotisserie chicken and it was delicious! I always have difficulties finding recipes to cook for one but this is really simple to scale up or down. I’m going to use the rest of slaw mix to make the egg roll in a bowl!

    • Such a great idea, Caroline! So glad you loved the recipe! Thanks for taking the time to leave a review!

  2. This recipe is so good and so easy. I’ve been making it for lunches during the week and we can’t get enough!!

    • Yay! I’m so glad this has become a regular favorite for you, Kelly! Thanks for sharing!

  3. So are you eating the sweet potatoes’ skins as I assume? That would be a first for me. I want to try this so I want to do it right.

  4. One line of the ingredients states “¼ apple juice or water”. Is that 1/4 cup?, 1/4 tsp, 1/4 tbsp? I don’t want to make a mess of the first time I make this! Thanks.

  5. Literally have made this recipe 3/4 weeks this past month! love the combination of flavors and the versatile uses for leftover chicken! thank you for this!

  6. Made this for the first time last night. So easy and so good!! The flavors are amazing. And it’s even better for leftovers the next day 🙂

  7. I’m doing Whole 30 and was looking for an easy recipe that didn’t leave me feeling deprived. I will be honest and say that I was skeptical of this tasting good because I’m used to sugar in my coleslaw. Once I assembled it and all of those flavors combined, it was FIRE! This was so good. My husband loved it, and my 3 and 4 year old even enjoyed the deconstructed version. 😄 So far all of your recipes that I’ve tried have been a hit in my home. Thank you so much for sharing your gift with us!

  8. This is DELICIOUS!!! So easy to make the chicken in the crockpot and prepare the coleslaw ahead of time so it quickly came together at dinner time. My husband and I absolutely loved it and my 4-year-old happily ate the chicken with some of my sweet potato served on the side.

  9. What a great idea to make stuffed sweet potatoes. I meal prep and eat some version of this for lunch each week. I don’t like coleslaw, but my family does and they loved that as an addition to their potatoes. I just sautéed some onions and added a little guac. Another threat ATHT recipe.

    • So happy you and your family loved the recipe, Lauren! Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review!

  10. Just made this last night and it was DELISH! Great summer meal, felt like a bbq chicken sandwich, but on the lighter side. I also topped it with some pickled red onion we had around! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  11. Hi. I’m making this now in a hurry up deconstructed way! I’m using leftover chopped turkey breast instead of chickenAlso, I roasted thick sliced sweet potatoes and planned on layering everything on the plate.
    My only issue, is the amount of salt in the cole slaw. My Cole slaw was extremely salty. Did anyone else think so? Not sure if it was the combo of the saltiness of the Dijon and the teaspoon of salt?? I had to doctor mine up by adding more mayo and some sugar. It still tasted so salty, but once everything was “combined” it was better.
    Thanks for a fun recipe!

  12. I made this last night for dinner, it was so good! Even my two year old gobbled it up, definitely going to add this one in the rotation.

  13. Made these last night and they were so easy, such good flavor in the close slaw and made awesome leftovers for lunches today! Will definitely be making this recipe again! Thank you!

  14. I made these this week for meal prep, and they’re FANTASTIC! I will definitely be making these again (and soon). Thanks for sharing such a great healthy and easy recipe!

  15. Hey Ashlea, just found you and am now obsessed with your foooooood! And your website is gorgeous, and I love the work you’ve clearly put into it all. Anyhow, these are on my recipe list for this week– have some sweet potatoes calling in the pantry. x, s

  16. I made these stuffed sweet potatoes for dinner last night and holy smokes they were not only delicious but super easy as well! The combo of the sweetness from the potatoes and the tartness/spice from the slaw and chicken was spot on. Also made enough for leftovers and they were just as good reheated! Definitely adding these into the regular rotation!

  17. These are so so good!! I made them for my lunches for the rest of the week and it was so easy to prep and put together in batches.

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