Whip up these quick and delicious Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Sweet Potatoes that have been sponsored by StarKist, but of course, all opinions expressed are my own. Thank you for like-minded brands for making this blog possible!
Traveling is always fun and like many of you, I make sure I am always packing plenty of food for my travel adventures. No one wants to be stuck in the car, train, or airplane hangry. One food group that sometimes is a struggle packing for travel is protein. I don’t want to be that person that whips out hard boiled eggs and be known as the stinky food traveler that gets stuck sitting next to me. StarKist’s new Chicken Creations are making protein on the go a cinch. These Chicken Creations come in a pouch that is ready to be on the move – just tear, eat, and go!
If we are friends on Instagram you saw that I recently was at FNCE (Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo), the world’s largest meeting of food and nutrition experts — more than 10,000 registered dietitian nutritionists, nutrition science researchers, policy makers, health-care providers, and industry leaders attend the annual meeting — and address key issues affecting the health of all Americans.
At FNCE, I spent most of my time at the expo hall connecting with RDN colleagues and businesses. I made a stop over to StarKist’s booth to chat with Laura Ali, MS, RDN, LDN of StarKist. I love that brands are hiring registered dietitians on staff to provide evidence-based nutrition. I wish more brands would do that! We chatted about StarKist’s new Chicken Creations pouches. If you didn’t know, they already have convenient pouches for tuna, salmon, and now chicken!
Last week I posted on my Instagram stories, asking what you wanted to learn more about StarKist’s new tear and go Chicken Creations. You asked, they answered! I went back to Laura Ali, MS, RDN, LDN of StarKist with your questions and here is what she said.
Laura Ali, MS, RDN, LDN of StarKist answers your questions about StarKist Chicken Creations
Q: What defines “premium white chicken”? Does it come from chicken breast or other parts as well?
A: “Our chicken is 100% white meat with no dark meat added”
Q: How is the chicken cooked?
A: The chicken is lightly grilled and then cooked to a safe internal temperature before it is mixed with our seasonings and added to the pouch. It is then vacuum sealed and then retorted for sterility.
Q: What is the shelf life?
A: 3 years
Q: Is the pouch recyclable?
A: Not at this time. We are actively investigating options for how to recycle the pouch.
Q: What is the pouch made of?
A: The pouch is made of food grade materials. It has 4 separate layers of aluminum, polypropylene, nylon, and polyester.
Q: Can you heat the chicken in the pouch?
A: No, it is not a microwaveable pouch so you should remove the chicken and place it in a separate container to microwave.
Q: Will other flavors be coming out?
A: Our beaks are sealed! But you can be assured StarKist has a strong innovation agenda with many new products planned for the future!
I am all about quick and easy recipes. Coming back from FNCE, I didn’t have my usual meal prep done since I got home on a Tuesday evening. I was able to whip up this recipe from ingredients I had on hand. Having protein ready to go in my pantry was clutch. StarKist Chicken Creations are ready to eat as is. I’ve been also grabbing a pouch as I’m running out the door to top a simple salad with for quick and easy lunch. The possibilities are endless!Print
1 large sweet potato
1 teaspoon chili powder
2 teaspoons garlic powder
1/2 cup black beans
2 (2.6 oz.) packets of Starkist Chicken Creations BOLD Buffalo Style
1/4 cup mozzarella cheese
For the Avocado Lime Sauce:
1/4 cup plain yogurt
1/2 lime, juiced
2 tablespoons cilantro
2–3 tablespoons water (more if needed)
salt and pepper, to taste.
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, cut the sweet potatoes in half lengthwise, and place both halves flat side down on the baking sheet. Bake in the oven for 30 minutes.
Once the sweet potato halves are finished cooking, remove from the oven. Let cool enough to be able to handle. Scoop out the inside of the sweet potato halves and place in a bowl. Add the chili powder and garlic powder; mix together. Fold in the black beans.
Scoop the mixture back into the sweet potato skins. Top each sweet potato with one packet of Starkist Chicken Creations BOLD Buffalo Style and sprinkle with mozzarella cheese. Place back in the oven for about 8-10 minutes or until heated through.
While sweet potatoes are cooking, combine avocado, yogurt, lime, cilantro, and water in a blender or a small food processor. Blend until smooth. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
Remove sweet potatoes from the oven and drizzle with avocado sauce.
Don’t love buffalo sauce? Try this same recipe with one of Starkist’s Chicken Creations other flavors: Chicken Salad, Ginger Soy, or Zesty Lemon Pepper.
Keywords: buffalo, sweet potato, southwest, chicken, avocado