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Chicken Pesto Stuffed Sweet Potatoes Paleo, Whole30

These chicken pesto stuffed sweet potatoes are seriously tasty, filling and easy to make!  A paleo and Whole30 compliant pesto is mixed with shredded chicken and tops perfectly baked sweet potatoes.  Great to make ahead of time and the leftovers save well!

These chicken pesto stuffed sweet potatoes are seriously tasty, filling and easy to make!  A paleo and Whole30 compliant pesto is mixed with shredded chicken and tops perfectly baked sweet potatoes.  Great to make ahead of time and the leftovers save well!

Pesto.  I am a total pesto lover but don’t make it nearly enough!  I believe the problem is the basil – I never remember to buy basil!

Everything else is nearly always hanging out somewhere in my kitchen, but the basil, and yes, we obviously NEED that basil!

Maybe if I had it permanently printed on my shopping list this wouldn’t be an issue, and I’d be able to make my favorite pesto whenever the mood struck…

Because holy yum – it’s good stuff!  And whether you’re using it as a a topping or dip for veggies or potatoes, baking it with chicken <—-favorite right there, tossing it with spaghetti squash and chicken, or, making these chicken pesto stuffed sweet potatoes – you’re going to LOVE this pesto.

I tweaked the recipe just a touch this time around from my original after experimenting with it a bit.  I added lemon juice and used a variety of greens beyond just basil and spinach to see how it turned out.

Luckily, this pesto is forgiving and tastes great whether you use spinach, kale, or really any leafy green you can think of along with the ever-important basil.  The lemon blends with the nutritional yeast (yup, it’s Whole30 compliant) to create a “cheesy” flavor even though it’s completely dairy-free.

These chicken pesto stuffed sweet potatoes are seriously tasty, filling and easy to make!  A paleo and Whole30 compliant pesto is mixed with shredded chicken and tops perfectly baked sweet potatoes.  Great to make ahead of time and the leftovers save well!

I chose to use chicken that was already cooked for this recipe, but if you don’t have any pre-cooked chicken, I recommend using 1 lb of boneless skinless chicken breasts and baking at 400 with a little olive oil and sea salt.

This takes just about 20 mins and you can bake it alongside your sweet potatoes if you need to.  That said, you can cook your chicken however you want and it won’t affect the final flavor of the recipe at all.

One note – this recipe makes a lot of filling once you combine the chicken and all the pesto!  It should easily stuff 6 sweet potatoes if not more – you can save the leftovers and reuse however you like.  The chicken pesto mixture should be fine kept in the fridge in a container for up to 4 days.

These chicken pesto stuffed sweet potatoes are seriously tasty, filling and easy to make!  A paleo and Whole30 compliant pesto is mixed with shredded chicken and tops perfectly baked sweet potatoes.  Great to make ahead of time and the leftovers save well!

One of the best parts of this meal is that you can make both the sweet potatoes and chicken pesto mixture ahead of time and simply reheat and serve for a super quick weeknight dinner!  The leftovers also taste great, so it’s a perfect take-to-work lunch as well.

Oh, and how could I forget?!  This chicken pesto is surprisingly kid friendly, despite the fact that it’s green!  (Yup, my kids are wary of anything green.) It just might have something to do with it smelling/tasting like “pizza” though, at least according to the kiddos!

In any case, I know you’re going to enjoy these chicken pesto stuffed sweet potatoes – I hope you’re ready to cook and EAT – let’s go!

Chicken Pesto Stuffed Sweet Potatoes Paleo, Whole30

These chicken pesto stuffed sweet potatoes are seriously tasty, filling and easy to make!  A paleo and Whole30 compliant pesto is mixed with shredded chicken and tops perfectly baked sweet potatoes.

Chicken Pesto Stuffed Sweet Potatoes Paleo, Whole30

These chicken pesto stuffed sweet potatoes are seriously tasty, filling and easy to make!  A paleo and Whole30 compliant pesto is mixed with shredded chicken and tops perfectly baked sweet potatoes.  Great to make ahead of time and the leftovers save well!

Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1
    cup
    raw shelled walnuts
  • 4-5
    cloves
    garlic
  • 3
    cups
    fresh basil leaves
  • 2
    cups
    fresh spinach
    kale, or other leafy greens
  • 2/3
    cup
    light olive oil
  • 1 1/2-2
    Tbsp
    fresh lemon juice
  • 2
    Tbsp
    nutritional yeast
  • 3/4
    tsp
    sea salt
    or to taste
  • 3
    cups
    cooked shredded chicken breast
    or about 1 lb uncooked
  • 6
    medium sweet potatoes
  • Coconut oil and salt for baking

Instructions

  1. Bake Potatoes: Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Coat sweet potatoes with a bit of coconut oil and sprinkle sea salt all over. Place on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake 60-70 mins until soft.

  2. Meanwhile, make the pesto. Combine walnuts, garlic, basil leaves, spinach, olive oil, lemon juice, nutritional yeast, and salt in a blender or food processor. Blend on high speed until a paste forms, scraping sides as needed.

  3. Combine shredded chicken and all the pesto in a large bowl. Once potatoes are ready, cut each one lengthwise and top generously with chicken pesto mixture. You can serve as is or return to oven for a few minutes to heat through. Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts

Chicken Pesto Stuffed Sweet Potatoes Paleo, Whole30

Amount Per Serving

Calories 573
Calories from Fat 369

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 41g
63%

Saturated Fat 5g
25%

Cholesterol 54mg
18%

Sodium 567mg
24%

Potassium 836mg
24%

Total Carbohydrates 31g
10%

Dietary Fiber 6g
24%

Sugars 6g

Protein 22g
44%

Vitamin A
400.7%

Vitamin C
12.6%

Calcium
10.1%

Iron
14.7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

What I Used To Make My Pesto Chicken Stuffed Sweet Potatoes:

These chicken pesto stuffed sweet potatoes are seriously tasty, filling and easy to make!  A paleo and Whole30 compliant pesto is mixed with shredded chicken and tops perfectly baked sweet potatoes.  Great to make ahead of time and the leftovers save well!

Want More Whole30 and Paleo Chicken Recipes? Try one of these!

Paleo Pesto Baked Chicken

Pesto Chicken Spaghetti Squash

One Pan Bacon Wrapped Chicken

Chicken Salad with Bacon and Scallions

Hot Buffalo Chicken Dip

Creamy Chicken Spinach Artichoke Dip

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