Before you roll your eyes at yet another “omgyeah! game day recipe!”… think again.

This COULD be your dinner. Or a snack. Or maybe… breakfast?

You wouldn’t want to tick it off or anything.

Because um… look at it.


A few years ago I made a somewhat healthified version of one of my favorite appetizers. Ever since then I’ve been dreaming of other things to stick inside there. Soooooo…

The BBQ flavor combo is just one of many things I have a crush on, including chocolate peanut butter, a stack full of magazines, new mascara and the cold side of the pillow.

And when I say BBQ combo, I’m talking BBQ sauce smothered chicken, sweet caramelized onions, melty sharp cheddar cheese and… bacon. Oh baby!

So sure, this could be the perfect snack on Sunday, or it could just be the perfect snack… whenever. Like now.

I mean, let’s be honest. The only reason I’m gonna cheer for any team to win the game is highly dependent on the attractiveness of their quarterback.* Other than that, it’s all about the food and an excellent reason to consume massive amounts of margaritas.

BBQ Chicken Stuffed Sweet Potato Skins

makes 12 sweet potato skins, is easily multiplied

6 medium sweet potatoes (I find the ones that are more fat + round work best)

3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cooked and shredded

1/2-3/4 cup of your favorite BBQ sauce

1 cup freshly grated sharp cheddar cheese

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

1 medium red onion, thinly sliced

2 teaspoons olive oil + more for brushing

2 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled

fresh cilantro for topping

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Cut sweet potatoes in half lengthwise, then lay them cute side down on a foil-lined baking sheet. Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until soft. One finished, let cool until you can touch them.

While potatoes are baking, heat a skillet over medium-low heat and add olive oil. Add sliced onions and 1/4 teaspoons salt, then cook until caramelized, stirring occasionally, for 15-20 minutes. Add shredded chicken to a bowl and mix with 1/3 cup BBQ sauce. Set aside.

Once potatoes are cool enough to handle, scoop out sweet potato flesh, leaving just the slightest bit in the skin. Set aside about half of the sweet potato flesh, saving it for later use. Take the other half and mash it with 1/4 cup cheddar cheese, 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper. Take the potato skins and place them bake on a baking sheet cut-side down, then brush or spray the skin with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper if desired. Cook for 10 minutes, then flip and cook for 3-4 minutes more.

Remove skin from the oven and fill each with about 1-2 tablespoons of the cheddar sweet potato mash, some BBQ chicken, bacon and caramelized red onions (I didn’t measure anything, just used my hands to stuff the stuff in each potato. You can’t go wrong here!). Top with additional cheddar and place on the baking sheet, repeating with remaining potatoes. Bake for 4-5 minutes more, then serve hot and top with cilantro.

Note: you can prep these ahead of time and they will still be delicious, the only downside is that the skins may not be quite as crispy.

*I clearly hide nothing from you.

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113 Responses to “BBQ Chicken Stuffed Sweet Potato Skins.”

  1. #
    [New Balance] Nicole — February 3, 2012 @ 2:01 pm

    Yum that looks so good!! A perfect super bowl snack :)


  2. #
    MikeVFMK — February 3, 2012 @ 2:21 pm

    Really?! Genius. I’m making this soon. Like yesterday. So goood!


  3. #
    Melissa — February 3, 2012 @ 2:53 pm

    Yes. Will be making a single serving of this for my dinner on Sunday. Thank you, Jessica, for once again solving all of my culinary dilemmas.


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    heather mcmullin — February 3, 2012 @ 2:55 pm

    I featured your Potato Skins on my Superbowl Food {FIND} Friday and linked it back to your site 3 times!! Thank you for creating such an amazing recipe!!

    -Heather @


  5. #
    sara — February 3, 2012 @ 3:24 pm

    These look AMAZING. I so need them. Immediately! :)


  6. #
    Michelle — February 3, 2012 @ 3:27 pm

    So you’re not a Steelers fan then??? If so, I didn’t think I could like you any more!


    • Jessica — February 3rd, 2012 @ 3:56 pm

      Oh, I’m a huge Steelers fan, but they aren’t playing so I don’t care much about Sunday.


  7. #
    Elizabeth @ Chronic Venture — February 3, 2012 @ 3:49 pm



  8. #
    Brooke — February 3, 2012 @ 4:08 pm

    God love you and your ability to make that look so damn good!!!!!!


  9. #
    Ashley @ Wishes & Dishes — February 3, 2012 @ 4:16 pm

    This looks so enticing!


  10. #
    Anna — February 3, 2012 @ 5:13 pm

    These look soo good! I won’t be watching the game because I have to work BUT I will be making these!!


  11. #
    Anna — February 3, 2012 @ 5:36 pm

    wow these look so incredibly delicious!


  12. #
    nicole {sweet peony} — February 3, 2012 @ 6:04 pm

    DROOOOL. these sound so delicious! i used to love eating potato skins and these sound like the best ever! love that last shot :)


  13. #
    Lauren — February 3, 2012 @ 6:58 pm

    Ok, so I totally thought those onions in that first photo were worms. In my head I was like “Jess, I love ya, but there’s no way you can make worms taste good!” LOL! Need me some glasses apparently!!


  14. #
    Hannah — February 3, 2012 @ 7:58 pm

    MMM yeah these look fantastic! That BBQ sauce looks delish.
    What type did you use?


  15. #
    Quiche-ing Queen — February 3, 2012 @ 8:28 pm



  16. #
    Kilee — February 3, 2012 @ 8:39 pm

    You had me at BBQ chicken… and then I read sweat potato. I think I’m in love with you! I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, you have such a talent for recipe development!


  17. #
    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — February 3, 2012 @ 8:57 pm

    I can practically taste it! Soo good.


  18. #
    Zesty Cook — February 3, 2012 @ 10:55 pm

    Yummo! I love the addition of cilantro–cilantro makes everything better!


  19. #
    Naiya — February 4, 2012 @ 2:15 am

    It’s really informative recipe. Thanks.


  20. #
    Naiya — February 4, 2012 @ 2:17 am

    It’s really informative recipe. Thanks.


  21. #
    April — February 4, 2012 @ 7:59 am

    1. omg these look yummy!!! 2. I totally agree with you about the quarterback factor when cheering on a football team- I don’t know anything about football, but I know a tight end when I see one ;)

    p.s. I can’t take credit for that joke, I stole from one of those greeting cards with Marge on it…..


  22. #
    Caroline — February 4, 2012 @ 10:03 am

    I won’t be watching the game because, well, in France we don’t watch the game. We don’t even know what you are talking about… but I don’t think you need a game to try these. I just threw some sweet potato skins out a couple of days ago, could kick myself. Wonderful photos as usual.


  23. #
    Food Frenzy — February 4, 2012 @ 10:38 am

    This is fantastic. You have a wonderful site and we would like to invite you to share this post and your other food posts at Food Frenzy.


  24. #
    Sarah — February 4, 2012 @ 11:52 am

    This looks so tasty! Question though… I really don’t like cilantro. Is there another topping you could suggest?


  25. #
    Melissa (MelissaLikesToEat) — February 4, 2012 @ 2:31 pm

    You need to open your own restaurant.


  26. #
    Marianne — February 4, 2012 @ 5:47 pm

    I can’t WAIT to try these. Hmmm.. and that beer bbq crockpot chicken. ugh. to die for. Thanks for another great recipe. Has anyone tried out buffalo chick potato skins? These (the bbq ones) made me wonder if buffalo could ever work.


  27. #
    Samantha — February 4, 2012 @ 10:49 pm

    I do know quite a bit about football and I do enjoy watching the game, however–I’m the exact same way. It all comes down to which quarter back is hotter. In my opinion, it’s definitely Eli Manning. When I told my boyfriend how I picked which team I was rooting for, he was just like “you’re such a girl. you watch the game for the hot guys, not for the game itself.” ha! Kinda true lol And yes, these do look delicioussssssssssssss!


  28. #
    Lisa — February 5, 2012 @ 8:18 am, #3, 4 and 5 made me bite my hand unconciously. This is cruel, so so cruel. ;D Root for Eli, he’s the cute ‘manly man’ QB. Tom Brady had a Justin Bieber ‘do’ because Gisele wanted it. Enough said.


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    Kristina C-A — February 5, 2012 @ 12:29 pm

    This looks incredible. I am absolutely making this as soon as I humanly can (which might not be for a week or so since I’m getting over an intense flu and still have to be busy). I told the mister about this and he said “Yes. Yes we are definitely making that.”

    I just found your blog today and I’m not sure how I did without. I am frenzied and I want to cook (and more importantly, eat) every recipe posted so far. You and I are going to get along just fine. :)


  30. #
    Amanda — February 5, 2012 @ 3:48 pm

    Yum! I need this… NOW!


  31. #
    Bam's Kitchen — February 5, 2012 @ 8:35 pm

    What a perfect compliments of flavors. I love setting up a sweet potato bar so now I will add some BBQ pork and sauce. Yum


  32. #
    Stacy @ Say It With Sprinkles — February 5, 2012 @ 8:41 pm

    BBQ Chicken anything…FTW!! =)


  33. #
    Amy's Cooking Adventures — February 5, 2012 @ 11:48 pm

    Yum! I’ve done stuffed white potato skins, but sweet potato skins sound just as wonderful (and healthier!)


  34. #
    Debbie D — February 6, 2012 @ 8:23 am

    Made these for dinner last night for our Superbowl Game Evening (actually it was my boyfriend’s evening–I thought cleaning the house would be more productive). Very slightly modified the recipe based upon what I had in the house and what I remembered to buy in the store. YUM—OOOO. They were incredible. We both loved them. Prepped everything up to the putting the sweet potato mixture back in the skins and had everything in the fridge ready to go. Had to bake the skins a little longer when it came to the final “toasting up” time since they were cold from the fridge and had to bake everything a few minutes longer but they came out crispy and wonderful! Thank you for a great recipe that will be on my repeat list!


  35. #
    Skinny Fat Kid — February 6, 2012 @ 10:52 am

    Yum! Need to make these. We love sweet potatoes and BBQ!


  36. #
    Kelly — February 6, 2012 @ 12:39 pm

    I seriously can’t WAIT to try this recipe – it combines all my favorite foods!!


  37. #
    Katie @ ohshineon — February 6, 2012 @ 1:50 pm

    Score… I have all these ingredients on hand. I think I’ll make this tonight. Actually, I think I’ll make it for the next five nights. Go big or go home.


  38. #
    Debbie — February 6, 2012 @ 1:51 pm

    Made them for the superbowl, and they were a huge hit! Thank you.


  39. #
    Tiffiny Thrash-Jackson — February 6, 2012 @ 9:21 pm

    Im making these now. My potatoes are in the oven and the toppings and fillers are prepped. I know it will be delicious. Great healthy recipe!!!! I used a Rotissere chicken from the day before, I only had 2 things 2 legs and whatevery I could scraped from the wings. So it cut my time (which is great for a working woman). Thank you so much!!!


    • Tiffiny Thrash-Jackson — February 6th, 2012 @ 9:22 pm

      sorry 2 thighs and 2 legs and whatever I could scrape from 2 wings of the Rotissere chicken.


  40. #
    CouponClippingCook — February 7, 2012 @ 2:47 am

    A triple yum on this recipe. All of my favorite things in one.


  41. #
    Gina @ Skinnytaste — February 7, 2012 @ 11:19 pm

    This look so good and pretty darn healthy, to boot!!


  42. #
    kaceyt @ om& — February 10, 2012 @ 2:57 pm

    Made these last night for a dinner with friends…phenomenal!


  43. #
    Karriann — February 11, 2012 @ 12:50 pm

    I wish we live next door. As usual, you take amazing and delicious-looking photos. :)

    “Spice it Up”


  44. #
    Suzanne — February 25, 2012 @ 12:33 am

    Made these for my boys and am extatic to report that my 17 year old loved them and asked me to make them again.


  45. #
    Debbie — February 28, 2012 @ 7:56 am

    I made these last night and they are deeeeelicious!


  46. #
    Jenny — March 1, 2012 @ 10:57 pm

    Made these for dinner tonight, tweaked the proportions a bit to make them a little lower in fat/calories, they were still mind blowing! I used shredded roast chicken breast, just 1/8 c. BBQ sauce, some smoked paprika, and reduced the cheese to 1/2 cup. I’ve seen a lot of tasty looking recipes on your blog but this is the first one I’ve tried myself. All I can say is if you ever decide to start a religion of deliciousness, I’ll convert.


  47. #
    Lauren — April 10, 2012 @ 7:45 pm

    OMG – sooo amazing!!! We made this tonight and my husband said this is hands down one of the best things we have ever made. Thank you so much!! :)


  48. #
    Amy @ A Little Nosh — April 24, 2012 @ 9:01 am

    Easily one of the best recipes I’ve ever made. I immediately had to blog about it, though my picture doesn’t hold a candle to yours!



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