BBQ Chicken Sweet Potatoes

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This BBQ Chicken Sweet Potato recipe is perfect for a nutritious lunch or dinner. It’s packed with juicy rotisserie chicken, creamy avocado, and tangy pickled red onions, all nestled inside a soft and sweet sweet potato.

Image of the BBQ Chicken Potatoes

BBQ Chicken Sweet Potatoes are part of our Back-To-School Lifesavers — a series of recipes that are intended to have little (or no) veggie chopping, minimal prep time, around 10 ingredients or less (not including pantry staples), and use kid-friendly ingredients. Click here to see all the recipes in the series!

A Nutritious Meal That’s Also QUICK!

Often, quick and easy meals are perceived as lacking in nutrition, but that couldn’t be further from the truth with this dish. These sweet potatoes are incredibly fast and simple to prepare, and they’re loaded with wholesome ingredients like chicken, avocado, sweet potatoes, and red onions.

So say goodbye to bland and boring quick meals, and hello to the BBQ Chicken Stuffed Sweet Potato recipe that proves that fast and healthy can go hand in hand! This dish is a game-changer for those who want to enjoy a delicious and nutritious meal without spending hours in the kitchen.

Process shots-- images of the onions being pickled

Quickest Pickled Onions

Pickled red onions add a tangy and slightly sweet flavor plus a nice textural element on these BBQ Chicken Stuffed Sweet Potato recipe.

In true “short-cut” style, we’re sharing the quickest and easiest way to make your own pickled onions.

SHORTCUTS

That said, you can also purchase already pickled red onions from the grocery store. They can often be found near the pickles and artichoke hearts.

Process shots bbq chicken potatoes-- images of the potatoes being pierced with a fork and microwaved

Let’s Chat Sweet Potatoes

The sweet potatoes in this BBQ Chicken Stuffed Sweet Potato recipe are the perfect base for a healthy and satisfying meal. Not only are sweet potatoes packed with nutrients, but they also have a naturally sweet flavor that pairs perfectly with the tangy BBQ sauce and juicy rotisserie chicken.

To make this recipe even quicker and more convenient, we opt to microwave the sweet potatoes to ensure they’re ready in no time. However, if you prefer a crispy texture, you can certainly bake or air fry the sweet potatoes instead. 

QUICK TIP

To make the baking process even faster, we have a “hack” for you! By cutting the sweet potatoes in half before baking, you can reduce the baking time by half. This is a great option for those who want a crispy texture but don’t have the time to wait for the sweet potatoes to bake in their whole form. All the details for this preparation method on our Baked Sweet Potatoes recipe.

Process shots-- images of the chicken and bbq sauce being combined

BBQ Chicken In The Sweet Potatoes

  • We love the hot-and-ready rotisserie chickens at Costco®. They’re so good and have so much meat on them (enough to make a good number of stuffed potatoes)! But, for the fastest possible prep time, I recommend buying rotisserie chicken meat that has already been pulled from the bones and shredded. It’s available at most grocery stores, and is just like having instant chicken! Grocers recognize a valuable service when they see it!
  • We’re fans of Stubb’s® Original BBQ Sauce or Baby Ray’s® Honey BBQ Sauce in this recipe. Or, if you happen to have a batch of our favorite homemade BBQ Sauce Recipe, nothing beats that!

Process shots-- images of the chicken being stuffed in the potatoes with the other toppings

To Serve On The Side Of BBQ Chicken Sweet Potatoes

There are several dishes that would complement the BBQ Chicken Stuffed Sweet Potatoes perfectly, depending on what you’re in the mood for. Some options include:

  1. Coleslaw: A classic side dish that pairs well with BBQ flavors. This Apple Coleslaw would also make a fun side!
  2. Salad: A simple green garden salad with your favorite vinaigrette would be a great way to add some greens to the meal.
  3. Grilled Vegetables: Grilled zucchini, bell peppers, or corn on the cob would add some extra nutrients and texture to the meal.
  4. Baked Beans: A classic side dish that always goes well with BBQ.
  5. Roasted Broccoli: A simple and healthy side dish that would add some extra greens to the meal.

Image of the BBQ Chicken Sweet Potatoes ready to be enjoyed

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BBQ Chicken Sweet Potatoes

5 from 2 votes
This mouth-watering BBQ Chicken Sweet Potato recipe is perfect for a nutritious lunch or dinner. This dish is packed with juicy rotisserie chicken, creamy avocado, and tangy pickled red onions, all nestled inside a soft and sweet sweet potato.
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BBQ Chicken Sweet Potatoes

5 from 2 votes
This mouth-watering BBQ Chicken Sweet Potato recipe is perfect for a nutritious lunch or dinner. This dish is packed with juicy rotisserie chicken, creamy avocado, and tangy pickled red onions, all nestled inside a soft and sweet sweet potato.
Course Dinner, lunch, Main Course
Cuisine American, Healthy
Keyword BBQ Chicken Sweet Potatoes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 28 minutes
Servings 4 potatoes
Chelsea Lords
Calories 366kcal
Cost $8.47

Ingredients

  • 4 large sweet potatoes (~10-13 oz. each)
  • olive oil, salt, & pepper
  • 2-1/2 cups shredded rotisserie chicken
  • 3/4 cup high-quality BBQ sauce (Note 1)
  • 1 large ripe avocado, diced
  • pickled red onion (Note 2)
  • Optional toppings: fresh cilantro, cotija cheese

Instructions

  • SWEET POTATOES: If you have the time, bake your potatoes (Note 3) BUT this is short-cut recipe, so microwave works great too! Wash and throughly dry. Pierce a few times all over with a fork. Rub a touch of olive oil and sprinkle salt & pepper all over potatoes. Microwave --see Note 4 for timing.
  • CHICKEN: Shred a rotisserie chicken (or use a pre-shredded rotisserie chicken) and measure 2 and 1/2 cups. Warm the BBQ Sauce in the microwave (covered) for about 30 seconds. Pour warm BBQ sauce over chicken; start with 1/2 cup and add the additional 1/4 as needed to get to your desired sauciness. Gently toss with tongs until the chicken is coated to your liking.
    (If the shredded chicken isn't being pulled hot/fresh from the bones, I like to warm the chicken for 30 seconds to a minute in the microwave.)
  • FILL: Slice microwaved sweet potatoes in half, divide BBQ chicken evenly between potatoes stuffing each potato full. Divide diced avocado evenly between potatoes. Add pickled red onions to taste. If desired, top potatoes with a sprinkle of fresh cilantro & cotija cheese. Enjoy!

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Recipe Notes

Note 1: BBQ Sauce: We're fans of Stubb's® Original BBQ Sauce or Baby Ray's® Honey BBQ Sauce in this recipe. Or, if you happen to have a batch of our favorite homemade BBQ Sauce Recipe, nothing beats that!
Note 2: Pickled Onions: Here is the quickest and easiest way to make your own pickled onions. That said, you can also purchase already pickled red onions from the grocery store. They can often be found near the pickles and artichoke hearts.
Note 3: Prepare Sweet Potatoes:  To make this recipe even quicker and more convenient, we opt to microwave the sweet potatoes to ensure they're ready in no time. However, if you prefer a crispy texture, you can certainly bake or air fry the sweet potatoes instead. To make the baking process even faster, we have a "hack" for you--check it out on this Baked Sweet Potatoes recipe. 
Note 4: Microwave Timing: Cook, flip, then cook again!
  • Small (6-8 oz): 2-3 minutes per side
  • Medium (9-12 oz): 3-5 minutes per side
  • Large (13-16 oz): 4-6 minutes per side
  • Extra Large (over 16 oz): 6-7 minutes per side
  • Two potatoes: Double the cook time; but start checking a few minutes before check how close they are to being tender (don't microwave more than 2 at a time)
  • You'll know the potatoes are ready if both sides are easily pierced (no resistance) with a fork. If there is still some resistance, continue to cook at 1 minute intervals until tender.

Nutrition Facts

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 366kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 24.3g | Fat: 13.7g | Cholesterol: 52.5mg | Sodium: 1387.4mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 8.2g

We do our best to provide accurate nutritional analysis for our recipes. Our nutritional data is calculated using a third-party algorithm and may vary, based on individual cooking styles, measurements, and ingredient sizes. Please use this information for comparison purposes and consult a health professional for nutrition guidance as needed.

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  1. 5 stars
    Cant wait to make this soon for me can i use tofu i never has bbq chicken sweet potatoes before perfect for my after office meals love your recipes as always brightens up my day everyday after work

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