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.
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
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
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!
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.
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.
Bake your sweet potatoes at 425 degrees for 45 minutes to an hour, depending on their size.
Add all of the coleslaw ingredients in a small bowl and stir until well combined.
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!