“Reach for the Sky!” with These Southern Baked Potatoes

June 19, 2019

Toy Story 4 premieres today; and just like any other Pixar-crazed millennial, we’re stoked to see what happens to Woody and the gang. And since we’re all about food here, we’re particularly excited to see some representation via Forky—a toy fork, in case that wasn’t obvious. As an ode to the franchise’s main character, here’s a cowboy-approved take on baked potatoes. We’d say we thought of Mr. Potato Head here too, but that’s not really painting a good picture isn’t it? Sorry, kids.

Barbecue sauce is fairly simple to make, but you can also settle for bottled variants to save time. Don’t worry about dousing too much onto the shredded chicken; the addition of sour cream cuts through it anyway, lending to a well-balanced mix of salty and tangy. Enjoy big spoonfuls that contain every ingredient to get the most out of all those flavors and textures.

Southern Baked Potatoes

  • Serves: 2-4 people
  • Active time: 30mins
  • Total time: 1 hr
  • Difficulty: Easy


Baked Potatoes

  • 2 large potatoes
  • 2 tbsp. oil
  • 1 tbsp. salt

Pulled Barbecue Chicken

  • 2 cups shredded chicken
  • ¾ cup prepared barbecue sauce
  • ½ tbsp. chili powder


  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • ¼ cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 2 tbsp. spring onions, chopped


  1. Preheat oven to 425F.
  2. Take potatoes and coat evenly in oil and salt.
  3. Wrap each potato in foil and place on a baking rack.
  4. Bake in preheated oven for 45 minutes or until fork tender.
  5. Whole potatoes are baking, mix together chicken, barbecue sauce, and chili powder.
  6. Remove potatoes from oven then split in the middle.
  7. Stuff with pulled barbecue chicken, then top with sour cream, shredded cheese, and spring onions.
Jica Simpas Jica Simpas

Jica hopes that by writing about food she'll actually learn how to cook. But for now, she'll happily just eat everything—especially cookies.

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