Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Chicken & Broccoli Twice-Baked Potatoes

This recipe is a twist on your typical twice-baked potato, and it's filling enough to use as a main dish. Jeremiah made this for dinner on my first day of work. He had worked hard to make me a nice dinner and they tasted delicious! We have made them twice and I know we will enjoy them in the future too.

Chicken & Broccoli Twice-Baked Potatoes (Print)
adapted from
Prep: 30 minutes / Bake: 30 minutes
Yield: 8 servings

2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
4 large russet potatoes
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/4 cup butter or margarine
8 ounces reduced-fat sour cream
1-1/2 cups (6 ounces) cheddar cheese, shredded
1-1/2 cups broccoli, chopped small
2 cloves garlic, pressed or minced
Milk and additional butter (to taste)

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Clean potatoes. Prick potatoes with a fork several times on each side. Place on a plate and microwave for approximately 7 minutes, rotating and turning potatoes halfway through. The original recipe says 14-17 minutes. I have a 'baked potato' setting on my microwave, so I just use that. I halved the recipe last time, so it was 6 or 7 minutes for 2 potatoes and I'm not sure how long 4 would take. Just make sure that the potatoes are slightly softened and tender.

2. While potatoes are cooking, sprinkle chicken with 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Place on a lightly greased baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes in oven.

3. Set potatoes and chicken aside to cool when done. Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees. Combine remaining salt and pepper, butter or margarine, sour cream, cheese, broccoli, and garlic.

4. Cut potatoes in half lengthwise. Carefully scoop out pulp with a spoon or melon baller, leaving the shell intact. Mash pulp with additional milk and butter to taste (to sort of make mashed potatoes). Cut chicken into small cubes. Combine potatoes and chicken with the remaining filling.

5. Scoop filling into potato shells. Place on a baking sheet and bake at 350 for 30 minutes.

Optional changes
  • You can cut the chicken and cook it in a skillet with a small amount of oil instead of cooking it in oven.
  • You can also bake the potatoes in the oven instead of using the microwave. To do this, clean and prick the potatoes, then rub with vegetable oil. Bake the potatoes at 400 degrees for about 1 hour.
  • You can put half the cheese in the filling and save the other half to sprinkle on top before placing the potatoes in the oven.

My Review
  • Preparation: 4
    • This recipe takes about 1 hour, depending on the cooking method you use.
  • Taste: 5
    • These potatoes are delicious! As I mentioned above, we have had them twice and will make them again. They are great as leftovers too.
  • Cost: 5
    • I'm not exactly sure of the cost, but I know that with 8 servings, it's a great bargain.
  • Clean-up: 4
    • Baking sheet, mixing bowl and some utensils.
  • Summary
    • This is a great recipe to use as a main dish or side. Pair it with your favorite grilled meat or a salad. I can guarantee you will be making these more than once!


  1. Oh man this is one of my very favorite comfort foods. I haven't made them in years. I think you just changed that!

  2. These are so pretty! Unfortunately they have broccoli in them...ewwwww...

  3. I have got to try this recipe!