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Barbecue Chicken Quinoa Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Barbecue Chicken Quinoa Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
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These were SO. DANG. GOOD! and I didn’t have to chop the sweet potatoes!! a repeat for sure. A few things to note:

  1. I would go ahead and roast at least 4 sweet potatoes. Even if you don’t need them all, you can use some for leftovers or mash some up with butter and cinnamon for the kiddos. So good!
  2. You can go ahead and cook everything early in the day. When it comes time to eat, slice the sweet potato, add some chicken, and give it a quick reheat in the oven. Or, simply leave the crock pot on “warm” and reheat the potatoes in the oven then add the chicken.
  3. Additional topping ideas: fresh cilantro, avocado, corn salsa or roasted corn
  4. I will forever add diced peppers to my crockpot barbecue chicken recipe. SO GOOD!

YOU WILL NEED:

  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 1/2 c BBQ sauce of choice (I prefer Trader Joe’s Carolina Gold but any will do)
  • 1/3-1/4 c (depending how “vinegary” you like it) apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 a white onion (can sub any onion if you like), diced
  • 1 pepper (optional, and any color will do), diced
  • 1 tsp salt
  • S&P and red pepper flakes for garnish
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 4 sweet potatoes, washed and patted dry
  • optional, 1/2 c ranch dressing (for drizzling over the top)
  • optional: fresh cilantro, for color and added flavor, as a garnish on top!

TO MAKE:

STEP 1: the BBQ chicken in the crockpot: 

YOU WILL NEED: 2 chicken breasts + 1/2 c BBQ sauce of choice (I prefer Trader Joe’s Carolina Gold but any will do) + 1/3-1/4 c (depending how “vinegary” you like it) apple cider vinegar + 1/2 a white onion, chopped (can sub any onion if you like), diced + 1 pepper (optional, and any color will do), diced + S&P to taste

  1. Start by putting the diced onion and peppers in the bottom of the crock pot.
  2. Mix BBQ sauce with apple cider vinegar. 
  3. Pour this mixture over chicken breasts with S&P and leave it in the crock pot on LOW for 4-6 hours.

STEP 2: cook 1 cup of quinoa according to directions (this will yield 2-3 cups cooked quinoa which is more than you need for this recipe, but just save it for another meal!)

STEP 3: the roasted sweet potato

wash and dry 4 sweet potatoes** (chicken will work for 4-6 sweet potatoes), stab them a few times each with a fork, roast in a 400 degree oven on a foil lined baking sheet fo5 50 minutes to an hour

STEP 4: mix 1 c of cooked quinoa into the BBQ chicken to bulk it up. This is optional by the way! can totally leave the quinoa out 

STEP 5: bring it all together!

Once the sweet potatoes are cooked, bring them out and cut them open longways. Scoop approx. 1 cup the BBQ quinoa mix into the sweet potato. Top with S,P, red pepper flakes, and some ranch dressing if you’ve got it!

I know it seems like a lot, but it really wasn’t too bad. Only the crock pot and quinoa pot to clean! And it felt super fancy. Goes great with a side salad.



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