Who’s been busy lately?
ME! That’s for sure.
So for all of you, like me, searching for easy and quick weeknight meals that are also wholesome, tasty, and the opposite of boring…here you go!
This is basically a stack of some of my favorite things all melted together to form a smoky-sweet flavor bomb: pulled juicy chicken with my favorite BBQ sauce (Stubb’s Original), caramelized onion, cheddar, and turkey bacon baked atop a tender sweet potato. Just what I need to retain my sanity on a jam-packed weeknight.
Sauté some green beans or chopped broccoli with minced garlic, salt, pepper, and a little lemon in the same pan after cooking the bacon/chicken/onion for the perfect green side! Also paired this with a slice of healthy skillet cornbread. (Recipe coming soon!) 🙂
- 1 medium sweet potato
- 4 uncooked chicken breast tenders*
- 1.5-2 Tbsp BBQ sauce**
- handful sliced yellow onion
- 2 Tbsp chicken broth
- 1.5 oz sharp cheddar
- 2 slices turkey bacon
- 1 tsp chopped chives
- Preheat oven to 400º. Slice the sweet potato in half lengthwise. Wrap halves individually in aluminum foil and place on a baking tray. Bake 30-40 minutes, or until tender.
- Meanwhile, cook bacon in a nonstick skillet on each side until done. Set aside.
- Add a little olive oil to pan if necessary, and swirl to coat. Add chicken to the skillet with salt and pepper to taste, and cook about 5-6 minutes per side, or until done. Set aside to cool.*
- Reduce heat to medium-low, then add broth and onion, stirring to scrape up browned bits from the pan. Cook until tender, adding more liquid as necessary.
- Meanwhile, tear cooked bacon into small pieces. Pull chicken into pieces or shreds. Shred cheddar.
- When the sweet potato is done, divide the chicken and caramelized onion between each half. Drizzle on BBQ sauce to coat. Top with cheddar and bacon.***
- Place on nonstick aluminum foil and return to oven at 400º for 8-10 minutes, or until hot and melty.
- Remove from oven, and top with chives, if desired. Enjoy!
- *You can also use chicken that's already cooked, like leftover strips or rotisserie.
- **I use Stubb's Original, and Woodstock Original is another favorite!
- ***If making enough for leftovers, transfer to airtight container before baking again. Refrigerate up to 3-4 days. Heat in oven at 400º for 10-15 minutes when ready to eat.