Friday, February 4, 2011

Stuffed Potato Skins

What do you do when you have 4 snow days in a row? You get creative with what food you have in your house. And I have to say, this creation was really good. Granted, it would have been a whole lot better with some cheese melted over the top. So if you eat cheese, pile some extra on for me.

Stuffed Potato Skins
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6 small red potatoes
2 chicken breasts
2 t extra virgin olive oil
2 T pureed chipotle peppers, see note
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
Salt and pepper
1 c chicken broth, divided
1 scallion, chopped

Roast potatoes in 400 degree oven for 45-50 minutes, until they are cooked through and tender when light pressure is applied. Slice potatoes in half and scoop out the inside of the potatoes. Return potatoes to oven, cut side up, for 3-4 minutes, or until crisp. In a medium skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Season chicken with salt and pepper. Cook chicken for 8-9 minutes per side, or until cooked through. Let chicken rest for 10 minutes, then dice chicken. Mix together the chipotle puree and 1/2 cup of chicken broth. Add diced chicken and chipotle mixture back to the skillet. Mix together and let heat over medium heat for 5-10 minutes to let flavors meld. Put black beans and 1/2 cup of chicken broth in a small pot. Using a potato masher, mash black beans to your desired consistency. Season with salt and pepper and let heat through. Fill potato skin with black beans and top with chicken and scallions.

Note: When you get a new can of chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, puree the peppers until smooth. Store chipotles in a storage bag in the freezer. Then you can slice off the amount that you what.

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