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Loaded Sweet Potato Skins with Pecans, Chicken, Bacon, and Goat Cheese - a healthier take on the classic appetizer
Loaded Sweet Potato Skins with Pecans and Chicken
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 20 mins
Course: Appetizer, Side Dish
Servings: 8 people
Author: Julia
For the Slow-Cooked Chicken:
  • 1.3 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1.5 cups chicken broth
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt to taste
For the Sweet Potato Skins:
  • 4 small sweet potatoes
  • 3 slices thick-cut bacon cooked, see note*
  • 4 ounces goat cheese
  • 1/2 cup raw pecan pieces
  • 1 tablespoon fresh oregano or parsley chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt to taste
  1. Add the ingredients for the shredded chicken to a crock pot or slow cooker. Secure the lid and cook on low for 3 to 4 hours, or until the chicken is cooked through and shreds easily. Transfer chicken to a cutting board and use two forks to shred it. Place shredded chicken in a mixing bowl.

  2. While chicken is cooking, roast the sweet potatoes. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Poke each sweet potato several times with a fork and wrap each potato in foil. Bake for 45 to 60 minutes (depending on the size of the potatoes), until very soft when poked with a fork. Remove potatoes from the oven and allow them to cool.

  3. Add the cooked bacon, bacon drippings, goat cheese, pecans, oregano, and sea salt to the mixing bowl with the chicken. Stir everything until well-combined. Taste the filling mixture for flavor and add more sea salt to taste.

  4. Slice each sweet potato length-wise and scoop out some of the flesh to make room for the shredded chicken filling. (Note: Use the sweet potato flesh for mashed sweet potatoes, or a side dish (or dessert of choice)).

  5. Stuff the sweet potato skins with the chicken filling and serve (Note: you can leave the potato skins in the warm oven until guests arrive and you’re ready to serve).

Recipe Notes

*save the bacon drippings! You’ll be using the grease to mix with the chicken