Saturday, April 27, 2013

Chipotle Chicken Sweet Potato Skins

Chipotle Chicken 
Sweet Potato Skins
My wonderful mother-in-law always posts delicious looking recipes on her refrigerator and every time I try one, it is on point. Spencer and I downed these so quickly and wished I had made more! Give them a try and you'll know what I mean.
Serves 6 as a side, or 3 as a main dish
3 medium sweet potatoes
2 cups shredded chicken (about 2 chicken breasts or 5 tenderloins, grilled and shredded)
4-5 cups spinach, steamed or sauteed 
3 tablespoons olive oil
juice from 1 lime
2 garlic clove, minced
3 whole chipotle peppers, finely chopped (I used the kind canned in Adobo sauce)
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 heaping teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon chili powder
dash of salt
1/2 cup sharp white cheddar cheese, grated
chopped cilantro, for garnish
plain greek yogurt, for garnish

1. Bake sweet potatoes (see below).
2. Preheat oven to Broil on High
3. Combine olive oil, lime juice, garlic, chipotle peppers, oregano, cumin, chili powder, and salt.
4. Scrape the sweet potato flesh out of the peel (reserve for another recipe), leaving a medium layer so the peels stand up on their own. Brush skins with a little bit of the chipotle mixture and place side by side in baking dish. Broil 4-5 minutes (on middle rack) until beginning to crisp.
5. While skins are in oven, combine cooked spinach, chicken, and remaining chipotle mixture. Remove skins from oven and stuff them, top with cheddar cheese and place under broiler again for another 4-5 minutes. KEEP AN EYE ON THEM!
6. Serve with greek yogurt and chopped cilantro.

SWEET POTATOES {can be done up to 24 hours ahead of time}
Wash sweet potatoes and prick all over with a fork and cook in oven or microwave until fork tender >>Oven: preheat oven to 350 degrees, place on middle rack for 50-60 minutes. 
>>Microwave: wrap potatoes in clean dish towels, completely covered, and microwave on high 7-8 minutes. When sweet potatoes are fully cooked, either place in fridge (if this is done ahead of time) or cut in half and let cool before continuing because they will be HOT!

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