Not every recipe I try works out; some are pretty disastrous and can’t be salvaged, but hey, I tried my best. But, even some mistakes can be turned into another awesome meal that even my picky little sister, Lily, will eat.
I tried to make oven roasted potatoes that were cooked in a little bit of chicken broth and butter on top, but they were just not cooking through. After four hours in the oven, I was finally fed up and pulled them out. I didn’t want to waste all the potatoes, so I tossed them in some tupperware and put them in the fridge. I guess they kept cooking from all the heat in the enclosed space, because when I took them out for dinner the next day, they tasted amazing and were cooked through.
I was making dinner for just Lily and myself, so I knew I was limited in my options since Lily only lives off of bacon and chicken. I decided to wing it and put a little of everything she liked in there. So while I can’t give y’all a specific recipe since this was literally me dumping things into a bowl, praying it worked, and praying Lily would eat it, I can tell you what I did generally to make this awesome makeshift casserole. That’s the beauty of it: you can make it whatever you want after starting with the basics!
Twice Baked Loaded Potato Chicken Casserole
I turned the potatoes into mashed potatoes, and since they already had a great flavor from the chicken broth, I didn’t have to add much to them. I tossed in a dollop of sour cream and a spoonful of ranch for some more flavor. Since my potatoes were a bit dry from being in the oven so long, I added milk and a little butter until they were a smoother consistency. Also, add your favorite seasonings; I used sea salt, coarse ground black pepper, and garlic powder. This was all to taste, so you can change it up all you like.
- Now that you have the potatoes, cut up some cooked chicken breast (I used about 1 and a half) into chunks and dice six strips of crispy bacon
- Layer the bottom of the dish with a little olive oil and the chicken breast chunks
- Mix half of the bacon and about a 1/4 cup of cheddar cheese (more if you really like cheese) straight into your mashed potatoes
- Layer the mixture over the chicken and top it with as much cheddar cheese as your heart desires and then add the rest of the diced bacon
- Cook at 350 degrees for 15 minutes or until the cheese has melted and everything is heated through
- Serve with sour cream and fresh green onions
Send me some of y’all’s variations and let me know what you think. Enjoy!