The playoffs are in full swing and the Superbowl is coming up fast, what better way to keep healthy than by putting a twist on a classic hit- potato skins. With this recipe, we switch it up with some smoky shredded chicken and spinach tucked into sweet potato skins for a wonderful full taste bud play that will keep you going back for more. If you want an even bigger punch for your tastebuds and nutritionally, add in the chickpeas and cheddar cheese. With the leftover sweet potatoes, you can also pull a double appetizer punch with our Jalapeno poppers.
3 medium sweet potatoes
1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 can (14 ounce) chickpeas, drained (optional)
4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
4 cloves garlic, minced or grated
2-3 chipotle chilies in adobo, chopped (more or less, to your taste)
2 teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon cumin
zest of 1 lime
kosher salt and black pepper
2 cups baby spinach, roughly chopped
1 cup shredded white cheddar cheese
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Prick the sweet potatoes all over with a fork. Bake directly on the rack until tender, 50-60 minutes. Allow to cool.
At the same time, cook the chicken. Place the chicken, and chickpeas – if using, in a baking dish. Add the olive oil, garlic, chipotle chiles, chili powder, onion powder, oregano, cumin, lime zest, and a pinch each of salt and pepper, gently toss to coat. Transfer to the oven and bake 20-25 minutes, until the chicken is cooked through. During the last 5 minutes of cooking, scatter the spinach over the chicken and cook 5 minutes, until wilted
Shred the chicken using 2 forks, then toss with the chickpeas, spinach and any oil left in the baking dish.
Scrape the sweet potato flesh out of the peel, leaving 1/2 inch thick layer of sweet potatoes. Brush the skins with a little olive oil and bake for 5 minutes, until crisping. Remove skins from the oven and stuff with the chicken. Top with shredded cheese. Return to the oven and bake for 10 minutes, until the cheese is melted. Serve with greek yogurt, if desired.