Southwest Chicken-Stuffed Potatoes

Southwest Chicken-Stuffed Potatoes

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From: Diabetic Living Magazine

These stuffed potatoes are a fun variation of loaded baked potatoes. Bursting with chili-flavored chicken, salsa and melted Monterey Jack cheese, they are sure to delight your taste buds.

Ingredients 4 servings

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  • 4 6-ounce Yukon gold potatoes, scrubbed
  • ¼ cup water
  • 2 6-ounce cans no-salt-added chicken breast, drained, or 6 ounces cooked smoked turkey sausage, chopped
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • ⅓ cup purchased salsa
  • 2 ounces reduced-fat Monterey Jack cheese, shredded ( ½ cup)
  • 1 tablespoon snipped fresh cilantro


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  1. Cut a ¼-inch-thick slice off one side of each potato. Discard slice or save for another use. Prick potatoes with a fork. Place potatoes in a microwave-safe 2-quart square baking dish. Add the water to baking dish. Microwave, uncovered, on 100 percent power (high) for 10 to 12 minutes or until tender, rearranging and turning potatoes once. Cool slightly.
  2. Meanwhile, in a small microwave-safe bowl, combine chicken, chili powder and salt. Cover with vented plastic wrap. Microwave on 50 percent power (medium) for 1 to 2 minutes or until heated through, stirring once halfway through cooking. Scoop pulp out of each potato, leaving a ½-inch-thick shell. Reserve pulp for another use (see Tip) or discard. Spoon chicken mixture into potato shells. Top with salsa and cheese.
  3. Microwave, uncovered, on 100 percent power (high) for 30 to 60 seconds or until cheese is softened. Sprinkle with cilantro.
  • Tip: Use leftover pulp to make mashed potatoes or use to make your favorite potato bread.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: 1 chicken-stuffed potato
  • Per serving: 188 calories; 5 g fat(3 g sat); 2 g fiber; 17 g carbohydrates; 22 g protein; 16 mcg folate; 70 mg cholesterol; 1 g sugars; 440 IU vitamin A; 19 mg vitamin C; 119 mg calcium; 1 mg iron; 434 mg sodium; 455 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (32% daily value)
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 1
  • Exchanges: 2½ lean protein, 1 starch

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