Awesome cream cheese pecan sweet potato and BBQ Chicken

I was in the mood for bbq chicken.  Simple ingredients, simple cooking method, so hard to mess up and sooo good!  The deliciousness was augmented by bottle #2 of BBQ sauce for January, Big Papa’s:   

January #2

Much thicker and richer than the previous bottle this month. A richer molasses based sauce with more flavor and smoked taste.  I just topped the chicken with garlic and onion powder, poured the BBQ sauce on top and baked for 20-25 minutes in the oven.  This way, the sauce couldn’t go anywhere and baked all onto the chicken.  Oh man!  I just realized I should have my injector and injected some into the chicken!    

Anyways, there was more amazingness to this meal, the sweet potato topped with cream cheese and Chopped pecans.  The Cream cheese mix of low fat honey walnut and light Pumpkin from Einstein’s Bagels (I actually bought it when I was in Chicago since they don’t have Einstein’s in Virginia Beach haha.)  When the two flavors got half finished I just mixed the two.   

The Pecans were Emerald’s Nuts brand “Pecan Pie” flavor–basically just really really good candied pecans, so delicious and, with exception of the added sugars…really healthy.  Pecans are a great source of Omega-3 fatty acids which has all kinds of benefits. 

Pecans and pumpkin/honey walnut cream cheese

  I started by baking the sweet potato–a new way I figured out!  So much better than in the microwave which comes out sort of rubbery!  Instead, I microwaved it for 4 minutes, then put it in the oven for 20 minutes at about 400-450 while the chicken cooked.  This made the skin a little crispier and the insides so much more “fluffy.”I chopped the nuts to make them into small pieces to place on the sweet potato.  While the sweet potato was hot I added the cream cheese and let it melt into the insides.  Then I added the chopped pecans on top.  It was incredible. The sweetness of the cream cheese and sweet potato mixed with nutty savory flavor of the nuts.  I highly recommend that everyone try this, not matter how weird it sounds! 

Topped sweet potato

 The bbq chicken is there in the picture as well.  The sauce took on a nice consistency as it heated up with the garlic and onions.  I recommend you check out the post where I created the BBQ pecan chicken breasts.  A similar sweet and savory mix.  I will make it again soon…becuase I just remember how good it is, and I’ll find a better way to make to show you!Coming soon– a couple vegetarian recipes, so stay tuned.  Not really on purpose, put I was given some recipes to try out.  Check back tomorrow.  

P.s. I registered for the Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon tonight, got my flights and hotel, and set up the logistics for having my bike shipped.  It’s official, San Fran here I come.  I just hope I don’t freeze…

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2 thoughts on “Awesome cream cheese pecan sweet potato and BBQ Chicken

  1. Oh yummy!! You know how I feel about sweet potatoes.. that sounds amazing!

    Lately I’ve been baking one or too sweet potatoes and then putting them in the refrigerator for the next day. I just reheat it in the microwave and it tastes just like it came out of the oven!

    • Great idea! I can actually smell the ones I have baking in the over right now to eat tomorrow. And you have to try the pecan cream cheese sweet potato. Its like peanut butter on the sweet potato…but different…and awesome!

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