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Playing Buffalo-Stuffed Skins


  • 4 large Idaho potatoes
  • Salt and pepper
  • 3 tablespoon EVOO Extra Virgin Olive Oil, divided
  • 1 tablespoons butter
  • 1 1/2 to 2 pounds all-white ground chicken breast
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 ribs celery, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika (you can substitute with chipotles or chipotle chili powder)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 1/2 cups chicken stock
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup hot sauce, depending on how hot you like it
  • 1 15-ounce can tomato sauce
  • 3/4 pound blue cheese (recommended type Maytag Blue), crumbled
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 6 scallions sliced on bias, whites and green parts kept separate


Serves: 4 servings



Preheat oven to 350F.


Place the potatoes onto a baking tray and rub them with salt, pepper and 1 tablespoon of EVOO. Pop them into the preheated oven and bake for about 1 hour, until tender.


While the potatoes are cooking, place a large pot over medium-high heat. Add 1 turn of the pan of EVOO and the butter. Once the butter has melted and the pot is hot, add the ground chicken. Brown it, using the back of a wooden spoon to break it up in to small pieces, about 5-6 minutes.


Add the carrot, onion, celery, garlic, paprika or chipotles, bay leaf, some salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, for about 3-4 minutes.


Add the chicken stock and scrape up any brown bits on the bottom of the pot. Add the hot sauce and tomato sauce, and bring up to a bubble. Simmer for 8-10 minutes to let the flavors come together.


While the chili is simmering, take the potatoes out of the oven and slice the top third off so the potato resembles a boat. Gently scoop out the potato pulp out of the skins, reserving it in a bowl.


To the bowl with the potato pulp, add the blue cheese, egg, sour cream, salt, pepper and the whites of the scallions. Gently mix to combine.


Fill the hollowed-out potato skins with the potato mixture. Place them into the oven for 10 minutes, until nice and hot.


To serve, place a stuffed potato onto a plate and top it with some buffalo chicken chili. Garnish with the sliced green scallions.