An Unlikely Pair

What makes a main dish versus a side dish?

I’ve always considered sweet potatoes a side dish but during this past season of The Biggest Loser they were showing a baked sweet potato with chicken on top and some green salsa and red salsa and greek yogurt instead of sour cream. I thought it looked so bizarre, yet it piqued my interest. So when I got home from my workout I went to their website and did a search for the recipe. Well, it wasn’t there! So I went to Pinterest and did a Sweet Potato search. I came up with this recipe.

Before you all go thinking that I actually broke down and followed a recipe, don’t get your panties in a wad. I didn’t. When I got to the part of the recipe where it said to use the actual sweet potato for something else and not this dish I balked at it. I’m not a big “potato skins” fan when it comes to appetizers at restaurants and I didn’t think that I’d be any more a fan of the sweet potato skins. So here’s what I did:

I took a very large sweet potato (just over a pound) and put it into the microwave. Six minutes per pound, so I put it in for six minutes for starters. While it “baked” I put a frying pan on the stove and poured in some olive oil and some lime juice and let it start heating up.  Then I opened up my spice cabinet and started dumping in shit – some dehydrated garlic, cumin, Italian seasoning, ground red pepper, chili powder, and a little black pepper. Then I opened up two cans of Sam’s Club chicken breast and stirred it up until it was nice and shredded and heated through.

By this time the six minutes had passed and I checked the tater but it wasn’t quite done yet so I added an extra two minutes.

I had about six cups of fresh baby spinach in the fridge so I dumped it into the frying pan and tossed it long enough to wilt it then I took the pan off the heat. I removed the potato from the microwave and cut it in half lengthwise then kind of mashed it around inside its skin. I topped it with the chicken mixture and put shredded pepper jack over the top.

So freaking good!!!!


So simple, too! And the best part…less than a half hour to throw together. In a perfect world, I would cook up chicken breast, and bake the potato in the oven. But by golly, we do not live in a perfect world! So I take shortcuts when I need to. After walking hills for an hour, I needed to!

Now I know that the next time I think two items don’t pare well together, I will stop and remember this potato. YUM!

5 thoughts on “An Unlikely Pair

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  2. Ooh, this looks yummy! You and your “throw shit in” recipes! So, where does the greek yogurt come into play? Any guess at how much of each spice you used?

    • The greek yogurt would be just a dollop on top like you would use sour cream. I didn’t use it for this, but it would have been good.

      I’m going to say about 2 or 3 tsp of chili powder, 1 tsp of cumin (maybe a little more), 1 tbls italian seasoning, dash of salt and pepper, 1 tsp of red peppers (maybe a little less), 2 tsp of the dried garlic (equivalent to a couple cloves of fresh??), about 1/4 c of olive oil and 2 or 3 tbls of lime juice???

      It was so yummy, yummy, yummy. I brought the leftovers to work this morning with some whole grain tortillas and I’m having chicken tacos for lunch. 🙂

      I’m a genius and I can’t help it!

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