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Playing Audrey Johns' Overloaded Baked Potato


  • 2 Russet potatoes, medium
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, divided
  • 2 chicken breasts, boneless skinless, cut into 1/4-inch cubes
  • salt, Kosher
  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into thin strips
  • 1/2 red onion, medium, chopped
  • 1 cup broccoli florets
  • 1 cup mushrooms, sliced white
  • 1/2 cup zucchini, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes, (depending on heat preference)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 lime, Juice from
  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese, grated
  • 2 tablespoons parsley, minced fresh flat-leaf
  • 1/3 cup yogurt, 0% Greek (optional)
  • Hot sauce, (optional)


Serves: 2 servings


Preheat oven to 350°F.

Stab the potatoes a few times all over with a fork. Place them on the bottom oven rack and bake for 1 hour.

Meanwhile, in a large sauté pan, heat 1/2 tablespoon of the oil over medium-high heat. Add the chicken cubes and toss to coat in oil. Cook for 5 minutes, or until lightly browned (the chicken will not be done cooking yet) and transfer to a plate.

Add the remaining 1/2 tablespoon oil, the bell pepper, onion, broccoli, mushrooms, and zucchini and sauté for 5 minutes, until they start to sweat, then add the red pepper flakes, garlic and lime juice. Continue sautéing for another 5 minutes, or until the veggies start to soften. Add the chicken and any juices from the plate and cook for 5 minutes more, until the chicken is cooked through.

When the potatoes are cool enough to handle, cut them in half lengthwise and use a spoon to scoop the flesh into the sauté pan, leaving the skins intact. Smash the potato flesh with a wooden spoon and mix it with the rest of the filling.

Place the potato skins on a baking sheet and divide the filling among the four potato skins, letting it mound so that you use all the filling.

Top with cheese and bake for 5 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbly. Sprinkle with parsley and (if using) top with both yogurt and hot sauce. Serve hot and enjoy. 

Excerpt from "Lose Weight By Eating" by Audrey Johns. Copyright © 2016 by Audrey Johns. Used with permission by William Morrow Cookbooks. All rights reserved.