Sweet Potato Skins

For a healthy appetizer idea, try these baked sweet potato skins that have been stuffed with seasoned chicken, cooked spinach, and greek yogurt.  Easy to make and healthy for you!

Sweet Potato Skins | For a healthy appetizer idea, try these baked sweet potato skins that have been stuffed with seasoned chicken, cooked spinach, and greek yogurt.  Easy to make and healthy for you! | A Sweet Pea Chef

Back when Dustin and I used to eat ALL the things and didn’t know what terms like “clean eating” or “processed food” even meant, we ate a LOT of potato skins.

Back then, our potato skins were covered in cheese and butter, topped with crispy bacon, and then happily dipped into a likely very processed ranch dressing.

This was also the time I used to struggle with my weight <– you can read more on that here, if you’re interested.

Four uncooked sweet potatoes in a row that have skin on them, ready to be baked for sweet potato skins. Mixing bowl filled with all the ingredients for the filling for the sweet potato skins, including the cooked spinach, greek yogurt, diced, cooked chicken, and sweet potato.

Are Sweet Potato Skins Good For You?

Now, every now and again, we still enjoy a good stuffed potato appetizer on a cheat meal, but the occurrences are far less frequent and the guilt is much, much higher.

It always comes at a cost, doesn’t it?

Because we now know terms like “calories” and “macros” and “saturated fat.”

There’s just something about having potato skins, though, that feels like such a treat — like the ultimate appetizer.  I mean…potato skins are hearty, creamy, savory, filling, and so satisfying, it’s really no wonder why they’re such a hit.

So I decided to figure out a healthy alternative to our beloved potato skins — one we could enjoy no matter if it was a cheat meal or just any regular ol’ day.  One that was hearty and creamy and savory and filling, and so satisfying AND healthy.

Because healthy is important.

And because there’s no better way to enjoy healthy food than to have it taste as though it’s not healthy.  We are weird like that.

These baked sweet potato skins fulfill everything you want in a potato skin recipe and still leave you feeling like you’re sticking to your healthy eating goals.  In my book: that’s a big time win.

Heck, you could even dip them into this clean ranch dressing, if you’d like.

Come to think of it, how come I haven’t done that yet??  BRB.

Rimmed baking sheet with unbaked sweet potato skins that have been stuffed with spinach and topped with shredded cheese.

How To Bake Sweet Potatoes

Baking sweet potatoes is super duper easy to do and a great way to enjoy sweet potatoes.  Here are the easy steps for how to bake sweet potatoes:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Pierce the sweet potatoes using a fork all over and then lay on a sheet of aluminum foil.
  3. Drizzle with olive oil to coat evenly and then wrap tightly with the aluminum foil.
  4. Place on a rimmed baking sheet lined with aluminum foil and repeat with the remaining sweet potatoes.
  5. Bake in the oven for 45-60 minutes, or until tender.
  6. You can gently squeeze the sweet potatoes to test if they’re tender.

How To Microwave Sweet Potatoes

If you’d rather speed up this process, you can also cook sweet potatoes in the microwave.  To do this, just wash the sweet potatoes well and place on a microwave-safe plate.  Poke several holes into the sweet potatoes all over with a fork.

Then, microwave on high for 8 to 10 minutes or until tender.  You can gently squeeze the sweet potatoes to test if they’re tender and, if not, cook an additional 1-2 minutes.

Close up of the baked sweet potatoes to show the melted jack cheese and texture of the baked sweet potatoes.

Health Benefits of Sweet Potato Skins

If you’re wondering if you should or shouldn’t eat sweet potato skins, here are some amazing benefits to eating sweet potato skins.  Sweet potatoes are…

  • an excellent source of beta-carotene, which promotes healthy skin, helps our immune system, and improves eye health and vision
  • high in Vitamin B6, which is good for heart heath
  • high in Vitamin C, which helps with bone and tooth formation, digestion, blood cell formation, accelerates healing, and produces collagen which helps maintain skin’s elasticity
  • a good source of Vitamin D which promotes healthy bones
  • contain iron which promotes a healthy immune system
  • great for blood sugar regulation, as they provide a balanced and regular source of energy, despite tasting sweet
  • a good source of potassium, which helps to regulate heartbeat and nerve signals

So, yeah…they’re pretty darn healthy for you, in addition to being super tasty.  In fact, once you try these sweet potato skins, you should head over to this post for 15 more yummy and healthy sweet potato recipes.

Horizontal view of the baked sweet potato skins that have been filled with cooked chicken, greek yogurt, spinach, onion, and sweet potato puree.

So if you’re looking for a great appetizer to share for watching the game this weekend or just want a new, lighter way to enjoy an old favorite, I sure hope you try out these healthy baked sweet potato skins.

They’re the perfect solution for those reformed potato skin lovers out there. 🙂

Healthy Baked Sweet Potato Skins

 

5 from 2 votes
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Sweet Potato Skins
Prep Time
1 hr 5 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
1 hr 30 mins
 

These Healthy Baked Sweet Potato Skins are super filling, savory, creamy, and a great way to change up an old favorite and make it healthy!

Categories: Appetizer, Clean, gluten free, Healthy
Difficulty: Easy
Keyword: sweet potato boats, sweet potato skin, sweet potato skins
Servings: 8 skins
Calories: 218 kcal
Author: Lacey Baier
Ingredients
  • 4 small sweet potatoes, skin-on
  • 2 tbsp olive oil, divided
  • 3 boneless/skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 10 oz fresh baby spinach
  • 1/4 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup jack cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 green onions , sliced (for topping)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Pierce the sweet potatoes using a fork all over and then lay on a sheet of aluminum foil.
  3. Drizzle with olive oil to coat evenly and then wrap tightly with the aluminum foil.
  4. Place on a rimmed baking sheet lined with aluminum foil and repeat with the remaining sweet potatoes.
  5. Bake in the oven for 45-60 minutes, or until tender.
  6. You can gently squeeze the sweet potatoes to test if they’re tender.
  7. Carefully unwrap the sweet potatoes from the foil and slice in half with a sharp knife and then let them cool for about 5-10 minutes.
  8. While the sweet potatoes are cooling, heat olive oil over medium-high heat in a skillet and add the onion. Cook until tender, then add the baby spinach and garlic and toss for 2-3 minutes, until the spinach has cooked down. Set aside.
  9. To cook the chicken, season both sides of the chicken breast with sea salt, black pepper, and garlic powder, and place into olive oil heating over medium-high heat in the same skillet.
  10. Cook, flipping occasionally, until both sides are golden and the chicken is cooked through, about 4-6 minutes per side.
  11. Remove from the pan and dice into bite-size cubes, then set aside.
  12. Once the sweet potatoes are cool enough to handle, carefully scrape the sweet potato out of the skin, leaving a thin layer inside with the skin so that it can still stand up on its own.
  13. Add the sweet potato to a large mixing bowl, along with the greek yogurt, chicken, and the spinach mixture. Stir to combine and season with any additional sea salt or black pepper, as needed.
  14. Coat the potato skins with a drizzle of oil and place back into the oven for 10-15 minutes to get a nice crispy skin.
  15. Remove from the oven and fill each skin with the sweet potato mixture, topping with shredded jack cheese.
  16. Bake again for 10-15 minutes, or until the cheese has melted and the filling has heated through.

Recipe Video

Nutrition Facts
Sweet Potato Skins
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 218 Calories from Fat 100
% Daily Value*
Fat 11.1g17%
Saturated Fat 2.9g15%
Cholesterol 46.1mg15%
Sodium 228.9mg10%
Carbohydrates 12.6g4%
Fiber 2.5g10%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 17.1g34%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Lacey Baier

Hey y’all, I’m Lacey Baier and I’m so glad you’re here! I’m a healthy lifestyle influencer and the creator of this clean-eating blog and YouTube channel, A Sweet Pea Chef. My recipes have been published on Food Network, Good Morning America, FoxNews, Tastemade, Fitness Magazine, and much more. I live in Dallas, Texas with my husband and four kiddos. Let’s get started!

4 thoughts on “Sweet Potato Skins

  1. These sound delicious, thank you for the recipe. One question, the nutrition information says a serving size is 1 gram. Is that correct?

  2. 5 stars
    Absolutely delicious!
    I added tofu instead of chicken and didn’t add any cheese (not vegan, I just didn’t have chicken or cheese lol).
    They were sooo good. I truly recommend this recipe. Thank you for posting amazing stuff like this!

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