It’s always fun to discover new foods. It’s even better when that food instantly becomes one of your favorites. The Japanese Sweet Potato did exactly that for both Justin and myself. I found them tucked away on the bottom row of a whole shelving unit full of other sweet potato varieties at our local natural food market, Mama Jeans. They have a purplish-red skin, and a cream-colored flesh slightly darker than a Russet, but definitely lighter than your everyday sweet potato. The color alone, had be intrigued, and I’m so glad I decided to try them.

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I’ll be honest, I’ve never prepared a Japanese Sweet Potato any other way than baked, but that’s only because I haven’t found a need to! I poke a couple holes in them, and toss ’em in the oven at 425 until they are soft, just like a regular baked potato. Their texture is fluffy, soft, and far less fibrous than regular sweet potatoes tend to be. The skin can get a little chewy if you over bake, but I still eat it because I think it adds a nice texture and flavor. The sweetness though (drool) is what makes this tater unbelievably spectacular! This thing doesn’t even needs seasoning it’s so good. Seek this purple-y potato out folks, you won’t regret it!

It felt almost wrong to even consider stuffing this thing, but I figured I would give it a try anyways because I needed a cheap, simple way to create a meal for my food prep client that would be easy to eat on the go. Justin was immediately jealous that a client would get to enjoy this new treat instead of him. I’m pretty sure I heard a whimper when I told him to back away! So without further ado, here is the recipe…

BBQ Chk Stuffed SP

BBQ Chicken Stuffed Sweet Potato
Yields 5
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
45 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
45 min
Ingredients
  1. 5 Japanese Sweet Potatoes, Baked
  2. 30 ounces Simply Shredded Chicken
  3. 8 ounces, BBQ Sauce
Instructions
  1. Poke holes, wrap in foil (optional), and bake the Sweet Potatoes at 425 until soft, about 40 minutes.
  2. Toss the Simply Shredded Chicken in a large bowl with your favorite barbecue sauce
  3. Slice the baked sweet potatoes almost in half and stuff it with 7-8 ounces of your chicken mixture
Notes
  1. If you cannot find a Japanese Sweet Potato, a regular sweet potato will work just fine!
  2. These are Justin-sized portions, so scale back as you see fit. For me, half of one portion would be plenty!
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Recipes for Simply Shredded Chicken and Roasted Asparagus.

Our BBQ Sauce of choice for this dish is Preacher Boys Pineapple Secret Sauce.

Serving Size: 266g Sweet Potato, 6 oz Chicken, 2 T Sauce | Calories 461 | Carbs 56g | Protein 43g | Fat 2g | Fiber 8g
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