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Chicken Gyro Instant Pot Sweet Potatoes (GF)

Ready for an amazingly healthy and fast weeknight one-pot meal? Chicken Gyro Instant Pot Sweet Potatoes combine spinach, feta, and a creamy Greek yogurt sauce for an unforgettable meal. Oven-baking instructions are included too.

An chicken stuffed instant pot sweet potato on a plate with tomatoes and herbs

When I was 20, I was running the campaign of a state representative in Washington state. Part of that job involved volunteering at the county fair. Every year, the county party ran a “Spud Wagon” and sold baked potatoes to raise money. I spent three days in a tiny metal trailer selling baked potatoes with “all the fixins” in 100-degree weather.

The Spud Wagon was parked across from a trailer selling gyros, and watching them carve the meat and serve up heaping pitas full of chicken, onions, feta, and tzatziki sauce was more than my heart could handle. On the final day of the fair, I went over and offered to trade them a baked potato for one of their delicious gyros.

I was pretty pleased with myself and my sales skills, until the three 55+ year old men I was working with, informed me my “deal” was a success because I was a 20-year-old girl. Whatever. That gyro still tasted like victory, and above all else, it wasn’t a baked potato. And from the first bite, my love of gyros was born.

These Chicken Gyro Instant Pot Sweet Potatoes are a healthy and gluten-free take on delicious gyros. And because we’re using the Instant Pot, they’ll be ready in a flash.

You guys, we’re cooking the chicken and the sweet potatoes together. In one pot! Get yourself a lotto ticket, because this is your lucky freaking day.

Why Cook Sweet Potatoes in the Instant Pot?

Because I said so! Actually, the Instant Pot takes less time than baking them in the oven, it doesn’t heat up your kitchen (bye bye boob sweat) and it uses less electricity. Hollah!

How Long Do You Cook Sweet Potatoes in the Instant Pot?

Anywhere from 12-20 minutes should do it depending on the size of the sweet potato. These Chicken Gyro Instant Pot Sweet Potatoes cook alongside the chicken at high pressure for 18 minutes.

How to Make Chicken Gyro Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

*Detailed instructions included in the printable recipe card along with oven baking instructions if you don’t have an Instant Pot.

Place the wire rack/trivet in the Instant Pot and add water. Wad up a piece of foil and place it in on the trivet to divide the pot in half.

Scrub sweet potatoes and stack on one half of the foil (no need to poke holes. See recipe notes below). Add your chicken breast to the other half. Put the lid on, set to sealing. Manual>high pressure>18 minutes. Allow for a 10-minute natural release and then do a quick release to remove any additional pressure.

An instant pot with sweet potatoes and chicken breast

While the Instant Pot is doing its thang, mix up the ingredients for the Greek yogurt sauce (related: try making Instant Pot Yogurt).

Remove the chicken from the pot and shred. Add remaining herbs. Set aside.

two photos showing how to make instant pot sweet potatoes

Make a small top slice in the sweet potatoes that will create a pocket for the rest of the ingredients. Try your best to not cut it all the way through.

Layer: spinach, chicken, and then feta. Optional: put it under a low broiler on the second highest rack of your oven for 3 minutes. This makes the feta toasty and warm. Top with Greek yogurt sauce and serve.

A baking sheet with chicken, feta, and instant pot stuffed sweet potatoes

Pro Tips/Recipe Notes

  • Make sure the sweet potatoes are not touching the water or it makes them mushy on the bottom. Ain’t nobody got time for that.
  • The cooking time for just one sweet potato is the same. Cooking time for a butt ton of sweet potatoes is the same as long as they are all similar in size.
  • No need to poke holes in the sweet potato prior to cooking in the Instant Pot. Sorry, you’ll need to find another way to get your aggression out.
  • Want to use Russet potatoes? Feel free but you do need to poke a few holes in those. Who knows why? #Science.
  •  You can freeze the cooked sweet potatoes for future meals. Freeze without the chicken, spinach, feta, and Greek yogurt sauce. Allow them to cool completely, wrap in foil and then place in a freezer bag. Defrost in the fridge overnight and microwave for 1 minute.
  • I used organic free-range chicken breasts from our monthly Butcher Box order. If you’re using super thick chicken breasts, slice them down the middle to decrease the thickness for even cooking.
  • To make this vegetarian, use cooked chickpeas instead of chicken.

two instant pot stuffed sweet potatoes on plates with tomatoes and spinach

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An chicken stuffed instant pot sweet potato on a plate with tomatoes and herbs
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5 from 2 votes
Chicken Gyro Instant Pot Sweet Potatoes (GF)
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
18 mins
Total Time
28 mins
 

An amazingly healthy and fast weeknight one-pot meal - Chicken Gyro Instant Pot Sweet Potatoes combine spinach, feta, and a creamy Greek yogurt sauce.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Keyword: make ahead sweet potatoes, stuffed sweet potatoes, sweet potato entree
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 329 kcal
Author: Sarah
Ingredients
  • 1 lb chicken breast
  • 4 sweet potatoes
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cups spinach chopped
  • 1/3 cup feta cheese
Greek Yogurt Sauce
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 tsp lemon juice
  • 2 tsp dried oregano divided (use half to season the chicken)
  • 2 tsp dried basil divided (use half to season the chicken)
  • 2 tsp dried parsley divided (use half to season the chicken)
  • 1 tsp dried dill divided (use half to season the chicken)
Oven Baking Method
Instructions
Instant Pot Directions
  1. Place the wire rack/trivet in the Instant Pot and add water. Wad up a piece of foil and place it in on the trivet to divide the pot in half.

  2. Scrub sweet potatoes and stack on one half of the foil (no need to poke holes. See recipe notes below). Add your chicken breast to the other half. Put the lid on, set to sealing. Manual>high pressure>18 minutes. Allow for a 10-minute natural release and then do a quick release to remove any additional pressure.

  3. While the Instant Pot is doing its thang, mix the ingredients for the Greek yogurt sauce.

  4. Remove the chicken from the pot and shred. Add remaining herbs. Set aside.

  5. Make a small top slice in the sweet potatoes that will create a pocket for the rest of the ingredients. Try your best to not cut it all the way through.

  6. Layer: spinach, chicken, and then feta. Optional: put it under a low broiler on the second highest rack of your oven for 3 minutes. This makes the feta toasty and warm. Top with Greek yogurt sauce and serve.

Oven Baking Directions
  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Put one rack on the second highest setting. Place a large baking sheet covered with foil under the top rack. Scrub the sweet potatoes, pat dry, and pierce multiple times all over with a fork. Put 1 tbsp of olive oil and the kosher salt in a large bowl. 

  2. Place two potatoes in the bowl, and swirl until the potatoes are covered with olive oil and salt. Place directly on the top rack. Repeat with the other two potatoes. Make sure the foil-lined baking sheet is completely covering the surface area directly under the spuds. Cook until a knife can easily pierce through, about 1 hour.

  3. Meanwhile, simmer your chicken breasts in a pot of water on the stove until cooked through, about 25 minutes.

  4. Mix the ingredients for the Greek yogurt sauce.

  5. Make a small top slice in the sweet potatoes that will create a pocket for the rest of the ingredients. Try your best to not cut it all the way through.

  6. Layer: spinach, chicken, and then feta. Optional: put it under a low broiler on the second highest rack of your oven for 3 minutes. This makes the feta toasty and warm. Top with Greek yogurt sauce and serve.

Recipe Notes

Make sure the sweet potatoes are not touching the water or it makes them mushy on the bottom.

 

The cooking time for just one sweet potato is the same. Cooking time for a butt ton of sweet potatoes is the same.

 

No need to poke holes in the sweet potato prior to cooking in the Instant Pot. Sorry, you'll need to find another way to get your aggression out.

Nutrition Facts
Chicken Gyro Instant Pot Sweet Potatoes (GF)
Amount Per Serving (1 sweet potato)
Calories 329 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g 14%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 84mg 28%
Sodium 450mg 19%
Potassium 985mg 28%
Total Carbohydrates 29g 10%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 6g
Protein 31g 62%
Vitamin A 399%
Vitamin C 11.8%
Calcium 17.4%
Iron 13.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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This recipe was originally published in December 2016. It has been retested and updated with reader feedback. New photos have been added and the recipe has been made printable. For reference, this is one of the photos from the original post:

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Ready for an amazingly healthy and fast weeknight one-pot meal? Chicken Gyro Instant Pot Sweet Potatoes combine spinach, feta, and a creamy Greek yogurt sauce for an unforgettable meal. Oven-baking instructions are included too. #sustainablecooks #instantpot #sweetpotatoes #weeknightdinner

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4 comments on “Chicken Gyro Instant Pot Sweet Potatoes (GF)”

  1. I regularly stuff sweet potatoes with bbq pulled pork and a little cheese, it is hands down one of my favorite dinners. Also, on a night when I’m super busy I can just pop a sweet potato in the microwave for like 10 minutes and have a hot and filling dinner ready, it’s bomb.

  2. Definitely going on our meal planning list. 

  3. I must ask why separate the chicken and potatoes? #brumotactillophobia # science

    • For me, it is about appearance. Whenever I cook chicken breast in the IP or slow cooker it gets weird almost foam-like stuff attached to it during the cooking process. I don’t want all that stuff on my sweet potato!