Whole30 Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Whole30 Buffalo Chicken, made in the Instant Pot and stuffed inside perfectly cooked sweet potatoes. They’re topped with ranch, chopped celery, and fresh parsley. There is nothing boring about this meal, friends! And the best part? It’s made in just 20 minutes!!

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This recipe is going to CHANGE YOUR LIFE, so I’m going to go ahead and recommend that you read this whole post.

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Not only is this a Whole30 Buffalo Chicken recipe that goes from ingredients to belly in under 20 minutes, but it is absolutely delicious!! More importantly, I’m about to teach you something that’s going to save you SO MUCH TIME.

A sweet potato is cut open and sits on a white plate. It's topped with shredded buffalo chicken, sliced celery and parsley. Beside it is a cutting board with a bowl of cooked buffalo chicken, more cooked sweet potatoes, and chopped celery.

Now before we go any further… have you seen my Paleo Buffalo Chicken Nachos? No? Okay, go there really quick, then come back here. I’ll wait (wink).

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The mind-blowing Instant Pot secret I stumbled upon:

There’s a thing. It’s called pot-in-pot cooking. And it’s exactly what it sounds like, you put a pot inside a pot. Basically anything that might scorch (rice) or need to be contained (cracked eggs) would be placed in some other container and then placed into the Instant Pot.

Sure, that makes sense. But there’s another part of pot-in-pot cooking I hadn’t heard of before!

YOU CAN COOK TWO THINGS IN YOUR INSTANT POT, SEPARATELY, AT THE SAME TIME.

Yes, you can actually stack two different foods inside the Instant Pot and cook TWO things separately, at once! OH my goodness. Did you know that already or is it news to you too, because I had NO IDEA.

I can’t stop singing, “A whole new worrrrlllddddd..” in my head, pretending I’m Princess Jasmine. But I digress.

A sweet potato is cut open and sits on a white plate. It's topped with shredded buffalo chicken, sliced celery and parsley.

There are lots and lots of Instant Pot accessories available for pot-in-pot cooking, but I figured out something super cool — you don’t need them! I found that if you have oven safe containers that fit inside your Instant Pot, you can just use those.

So I wanted to cook chicken and sweet potatoes at the same time. I cooked the chicken on the bottom, then cooked the potatoes inside an oven-safe glass container stacked on top.

Well, I quickly ran into a problem. I didn’t have one that’d fit inside the Instant Pot, and I wasn’t about to go out and buy more kitchen stuff (that’s the last thing I need).

So I wondered… Since potato skins basically cook inside their own container (their skins), maybe I could just do without.

And just that quickly, my trick for the adapted pot-in-pot method was born because IT WORKS.

A collage of three photos:
1. A cooked sweet potato cut in half
2. A glass bowl filled with cooked and shredded buffalo chicken
3. The finished dish on a small white plate with a fork-- a sweet potato stuffed with shredded buffalo chicken, drizzled with ranch and sprinkled with chopped celery and parsley.
Whole30 Buffalo Chicken stuffed inside perfectly cooked sweet potatoes!

INSTANT POT SUCCESS!

This adapted method is fool proof! I’m not even joking, it’ll change the way you cook! Just set your chicken and sauce/seasonings in the Instant Pot, then put the trivet directly on top of the chicken.

Put the sweet potatoes directly on top of the trivet and cover. That’s it!

The sweet potatoes stay above the cooking liquid so they don’t get mushy. Instead, they just get perfectly baked inside their skins. Delicious!

*If you’re wondering, this is the Instant Pot/Pressure Cooker I use.

How to make Whole30 Buffalo Chicken in the Instant Pot

Ever since the first time I tried it, chicken has been one of my favorite things to make in the Instant Pot (just check out my Instant Pot BBQ Chicken & Ranch Sliders recipe)!

It always comes out tender and perfect, totally ready to be shredded and perfect for a quick and easy dinner.

Well, here I use my adapted pot-in-pot method to make shredded Whole30 Buffalo Chicken and sweet potatoes, but you can absolutely use this method to make ranch chicken, bbq chicken, chipotle chicken, garlic and lemon chicken, whatever. The list goes ON AND ON.

Of course, you can cook two other things besides chicken and sweet potatoes together this way, but the two cook times need to line up almost exactly.

I’ll keep experimenting with things that would work together, but for now, the flavor combos are endless!

Ingredients laid on a marble board.
Just a handful of ingredients are all you need to make this absolutely amazing Whole30 compliant meal!

Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken Variations:

  1. Substitute a different sauce for a totally different experience. Both Whole30 BBQ sauce or Whole30 Teriyaki sauces would be AMAZING in this.
  2. This would work in a slow cooker, too! Note: You just have to have a trivet or oven safe container that fits inside to keep the potatoes above the liquid. My slow cooker is awkwardly oval in shape so that’s a tall order for me, but if you have that, great!
  3. Use a different cut of meat. Chicken thighs would work well here, too — just use boneless & skinless (the cook time has to be the same as the potatoes and bone-in takes longer).
Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken, close up shot

If you like this, check out some of my other healthy Instant Pot dinner recipes:

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Step by Step instructions to make this dish at home!
Whole30 Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
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Instant Pot Whole30 Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

The BEST Whole30, Paleo, and Gluten Free 20 minute meal!

Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 501 kcal

Ingredients

Buffalo Chicken

  • 1 lb chicken breasts
  • 1/3 – 1/2 cup hot sauce depending on how spicy you like it!
  • 2 tbsp coconut aminos
  • 3 tbsp chicken broth or water
  • 4 tbsp ghee
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp arrowroot powder
  • 4 small-medium sweet potatoes 2-2.5 inches in diameter

Serve with

  • 3-4 stalks celery
  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup compliant ranch dressing
  • 2 tbsp fresh parsley

Instructions

Cook the Chicken and Potatoes

  1. Wash the sweet potaoes and poke each one with a fork a few times. This allows steam to release so the potatoes don't explode while cooking.

  2. Add the chicken, hot sauce, ghee, broth, coconut aminos and seasonings to the Instant Pot.

  3. Place the trivet on top of the chicken. Set your potatoes on top of the rack. Cover and set to High or Meat for 15 minutes.

Prep the Toppings

  1. While the chicken and potatoes cook, chop the celery stalks and mince the parsley.

Assemble and Serve

  1. Manually release the pressure in the Instant Pot (carefully!). Remove the potatoes the chicken and set them aside.

  2. Set the Instant Pot to saute mode, and whisk in the arrowroot powder. Bring to a simmer, stirring often, until thickened slightly.

  3. Shred the chicken using two forks or a hand mixer. Return it to the simmering pot of buffalo sauce.

  4. Serve the chicken inside the potatoes, add more hot sauce if you'd like, then drizzle with ranch and top with some sliced celery and parsley. Season with salt and pepper and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Arrowroot powder is used in Paleo and Whole30 recipes to thicken the sauce a bit. I whisk it in and let the Buffalo sauce simmer and reduce a little.

That said, if you don’t already have it in your pantry, you don’t need to go out and buy it. The consistency of the sauce won’t be quite as sticky and thickened, but it’ll still taste absolutely delicious. You can definitely leave it off! 

Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Whole30 Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 501 Calories from Fat 369
% Daily Value*
Fat 41g63%
Saturated Fat 14g88%
Cholesterol 126mg42%
Sodium 2286mg99%
Potassium 608mg17%
Carbohydrates 7g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 25g50%
Vitamin A 569IU11%
Vitamin C 44mg53%
Calcium 38mg4%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.