Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

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!

Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Sweet Potatoes via Chef Julie Harrington, RD @ChefJulie_RD

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!

Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Sweet Potatoes via Chef Julie Harrington, RD @ChefJulie_RD

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.

Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Sweet Potatoes via Chef Julie Harrington, RD @ChefJulie_RD

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!

Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Sweet Potatoes via Chef Julie Harrington, RD @ChefJulie_RD

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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!

Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Sweet Potatoes via Chef Julie Harrington, RD @ChefJulie_RD

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!

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Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Sweet Potatoes on a sheet pan

Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

  • Author: Chef Julie Harrington, RD
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 40
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1x
  • Category: lunch, dinner

Ingredients

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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:
1/2 avocado
1/4 cup plain yogurt
1/2 lime, juiced
2 tablespoons cilantro
23 tablespoons water (more if needed)
salt and pepper, to taste.


Instructions

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.


Notes

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

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Chef Julie Harrington, RD - Culinary Nutrition Consultant of julieharringtonrd.com

Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Sweet Potatoes via Chef Julie Harrington, RD @ChefJulie_RD

Sweet Potato Flax Waffles

Make these Sweet Potato Flax Waffles for a delicious weekend breakfast, and freeze for later to enjoy during a busy week.  

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I go through phases where my waffle iron is always being used daily but then sits there collecting dust. I think it’s because sometimes I get sick of cleaning it. You have to get into all the nooks and crannies to make sure you don’t miss anything.

The good thing about making waffles in the waffle iron is they freeze and reheat well. Just pop them into a toaster like any frozen waffle and it’s ready to go.

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I used to get SO excited when we would stay at a hotel that had a continental breakfast and we could make Belgium waffles for breakfast. It was always an extra little treat!

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Being the foodie as I am, I put it on my holiday wish list one year and was so excited when my secret Santa gifted one to me. I was oddly specific when I put it on my wishlist, that I wanted a circle waffle iron. I guess because those are the ones I remembered as a child at the hotels? Well, thank you secret Santa, because so many waffles have been made since then.

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Team Waffle or Team Pancake?

I’ve mentioned before that I used to be a waffle person over pancake person, only because I used to be terrible at flipping them. I think my skills have improved though.
This batter can easily be used for pancakes as well.
Waffle pros: They freeze and reheat better than pancakes (in my opinion).
Waffle cons: You only can really make one at a time, whereas with a large enough pan, you can easily make a few pancakes at a time.

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sweet potato waffles on a white plate with bananas and walnuts

Sweet Potato Flax Waffles

  • Author: Julie Harrington, RD
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 20
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: makes 8 waffles 1x
  • Category: breakfast, waffles

Description

Make these Sweet Potato Flax Waffles for a delicious weekend breakfast, and freeze for later to enjoy during a busy week.


Ingredients

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  • 3/4 cup sweet potato puree (about 1 medium sweet potato – baked and flesh scooped out)
  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup ground flax (I used Manitoba Milling Co.)
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • cooking spray
  • toppings: sliced banana, walnuts, maple syrup (optional)

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth. Let batter sit for 10 minutes.
  2. Preheat waffle iron to medium-high heat. Spray with cooking spray.
  3. Pour 1/3 cup of batter into waffle iron. Cook until desired consistency (about 3-4 minutes per side).
  4. Top waffles with sliced bananas, walnuts, and syrup, if desired.

Notes

To make sweet potato puree: Score a sweet potato with a paring knife. Wrap in tin foil and bake until soft. When cool enough to handle, scoop out the flesh and puree.

Meal Prep: Make a batch of these waffles ahead of time. They freeze well. Just pop them in the toaster to warm up.

I used Manitoba Milling Co. finely milled flax seed, which is almost like the consistency of flour. If using coarse ground flax, more liquid may be needed. 

Keywords: waffles, breakfast, sweet potato, grain free, gluten free

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Disclosure: This recipe was submitted to for a recipe contest and eligible to win prizes. I was not compensated for my time.  

Chef Julie Harrington, RD - Culinary Nutrition Consultant of julieharringtonrd.com

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How to Make a Vinaigrette

Dress up any salad with this delicious sweet shallot vinaigrette.
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I don’t think people realize how EASY it is to make a homemade dressing. The most basic vinaigrette recipe is one part acid mixed with three to four parts base (oil). Then just add seasonings you enjoy. Simply pour ingredients into a mason jar and shake away. Your dressing is made! How easy was that? Plus, making it in a mason jar is ready to store any leftovers.

Guide to building a delicious vinaigrette:

If you want to go beyond the basics, use the guide I am sharing on Healthy Aperture’s blog.

Did you make this recipe? Tag @rdeliciouskitchen on Instagram or send me a picture, I’d love to see!
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