BBQ Chicken Topped Potatoes

I’ve been on a potato kick lately. Big, big potato kick.

Totally pregnancy related. But still, a big kick.

I think it’s the butter. I generally eat a low-fat diet and I sense that when baby needs to grow and needs some fat, I crave potatoes. Because my body knows that I will slather butter all over them and get some good fat into the potato. (Amazing, I think, how the body knows what it needs!)

I could eat them just like this…loaded up with butter, pepper and a little garlic salt.

But since I have these dudes to feed, I thought I’d throw some BBQ chicken (and cheese onto Steve’s) on top. (Boy’s are dairy-free…still. Last time I tested, we got reactions :( )

So…this is an inexpensive one (potatoes are SO cheap right now!) for all those “meat and potato” mouths you have to feed!

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BBQ Chicken Topped Potatoes

Yield – 4 servings

Preparation Time – 15 minutes

Cooking Time – 60 minutes


  • 4 to 6 baking potatoes (depending on how hungry the crowd is!) ($1.50-$2.25)
  • 1 lb. chicken breasts or thighs (I used thighs, because I think they shred better!) ($1.99)
  • Salt and pepper
  • About 1 cup BBQ sauce (free- $.50)
  • Butter, salt and pepper for potatoes ($.50)
  • Shredded Cheese for topping ($1)
  • 1 lb. baby carrots ($.99) Recent sale at Sprout’s!



  • Bake the potatoes in the oven for an hour. Or in the slow cooker.
  • Meanwhile, add the chicken with about 1/2 cup of water and the BBQ sauce to a Dutch oven or saucepan. Cook over medium-high heat for 20 minutes, or until chicken is soft and tender. Remove from heat, let cool slightly, then shred the chicken with 2 forks.
  • Once the potatoes are done, add butter and salt and pepper, mix and mash. Top with the shredded chicken and then cheese.
  • Serve BBQ Chicken Potatoes with side of veggies or fruit.

Cost $5.98 – $7

(I tagged this as dairy free, in addition to gluten-free. Use dairy-free margarine and omit cheese. Check BBQ sauce to be sure it’s gluten free.)

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  1. Rachel says

    This is a great idea for a lunch too! I put my potatoes in the crockpot. Wash them and put them in the crock pot on high for 2-3 hours and you have baked potatoes. Do not add anything to the crock pot but potatoes.

  2. Stephanie says

    Sounds yummy! We like to do chili-topped potatoes as our 2nd day meal after I’ve made a crockpot of chili. Bet you’d like that too!

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