Friday, June 20, 2014

Loaded Potato & Buffalo Chicken Casserole

I'll be the first to admit it, I'm not the most creative person in the kitchen. So when I want a good meal, I tend to rely on the 'experts' and their recipes. ;-) Lately, because of having a new little one around, my recipes of choice are something that makes a lot. I am all about left overs people!! Casseroles are the perfect thing for me as they are usually pretty simple, pretty delicious and almost always make more than my family can eat in one night. Perfect! When I saw this recipe for Loaded Potato & Buffalo Chicken Casserole floating around on Facebook, I just knew I had to give it a go. I mean how could I go wrong? Loaded baked potato? Yes, please! And don't even get me started on my love for all things spicy. Then to top it off, smother it in cheese... WINNER!!


Can't Get Started Without:
2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
~ 8 -10 medium potatoes, cut into 1/2-inch cubes (you can choose to peel your potatoes or leave the skin on, I tend to prefer it with the skin removed)
~ 1/3 cup olive oil
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
~ 1 tablespoon fresh ground pepper
~ 1 tablespoon paprika
~ 2 tablespoons garlic powder
~ 6 tablespoons hot sauce (the amount of hot sauce you use is optional, adding more or less will only affect the spiciness, it won't affect the flavour)
~ 2 cups of your favourite shredded cheese blend (I didn't have any pre shredded cheese mix, so I shredded my own cheese and improvised a bit by adding red pepper flakes to it. Yummy!)
~ 1 cup crumbled cooked bacon
~ 1 cup diced green onion (optional; I didn't use them, because if my girls see anything green, they turn and run the other direction)

Now this first step was the one that definitely made me look twice... preheat your oven to 500 degrees... WHAT!! Yup, you read it right, 500 degrees people.

Next, take all of those lovely spices and sauces; the olive oil, salt, pepper, paprika, garlic powder and hot sauce and mix 'em all up in a fairly large bowl.


Your potato pieces get thrown next into that same bowl. Stir them up good so they nice and coated with your olive oil/ hot sauce mix.


The potatoes get cooked for a bit first so place them into a greased baking dish. When you are putting your potatoes into the dish, scooping them up with a slotted spoon is best so you can leave as much of that sauce mix behind in the bowl. You will need the extra later on for the chicken.


Your potatoes now need to cook for about 45-50 minutes or until they are cooked fully through and nice and crispy on the outside. Make sure to stir them up every 10 minutes or so, to help get every side of the potato pieces crisp.

While the potatoes are cooking, coat all of your chicken pieces with your 'left over' sauce mix and let them marinate until the potatoes are done.


Once your potatoes are done, add your marinated chicken to them. 


Drop your oven temp down to 400 degrees.

In another bowl mix up your 'topping' ingredients; the cheese, bacon and green onions. 


Sprinkle it over top of the chicken.


Bake your casserole for another 15 minutes or until your chicken is thoroughly cooked and your cheese is melted into a beautiful golden topping.


Now there is no need to run out to the store if you don't have this extra ingredient, but if you have any sour cream in the fridge, a little dollop tastes really great with this casserole, and it also helps to tame down the spiciness for those who don't get as excited about sending their taste buds into overdrive.


Alright, get to serving it up and watch your family/ friends or whoever else you've prepared this dish for devour it. Even my little ladies (who are painfully picky most of the time) ate a pretty good amount of their plateful. ;-)

Loaded Potato & Buffalo Chicken Casserole
2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
~ 8 -10 medium potatoes, cut into 1/2-inch cubes (you can choose to peel your potatoes or leave the skin on, I tend to prefer it with the skin left on)
~ 1/3 cup olive oil
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
~ 1 tablespoon fresh ground pepper
~ 1 tablespoon paprika
~ 2 tablespoons garlic powder
~ 6 tablespoons hot sauce (the amount of hot sauce you use is optional, adding more or less will only affect the spiciness, it won't affect the flavour)
Topping Ingredients
~ 2 cups of your favourite shredded cheese blend
~ 1 cup crumbled cooked bacon
~ 1 cup diced green onion

1. Preheat oven to 500 degrees
2. In large bowl, mix together the olive oil, salt, pepper, paprika, garlic powder and hot sauce
3. Add the potatoes to your mixture and stir to coat.
4. Place potatoes in a greased baking dish, while trying to leave as much of the sauce mixture as possible behind.
5. Bake the potatoes for 45-50 minutes or until potatoes are cooked through and have nice crisp edges. Stir your potatoes every 10 minutes.
6. While the potatoes are baking, add your chicken to the sauce mixture and allow it to marinate until the potatoes are done.
7. Add the marinated chicken to the potatoes once they are done.
8. In another bowl mix together the 'topping' ingredients.
9. Pour the topping over the raw chicken.
10. Bake the casserole for 15 minutes or until chicken is fully cooked and cheese topping as bubbly and melted.

Original recipe for this Loaded Potato & Buffalo Chicken Casserole found here.

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8 comments:

  1. Jamie - I was just wondering what on earth to make tonight (for three picky kids) and got my email notification of your post! YAY ~ I have everything, so I'm making it tonight! Thanks for the recipe! Julia (Oh, and I have some blue cheese dressing, maybe a little of that mixed in with the sour cream...?)

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    1. That's awesome! I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. Oh and the blue cheese dressing with the sour cream sounds AMAZING!!! :)

      Jamie

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  2. This sounds yummy. I always like recipes where the ingredients are fresh and not some strange packet mix.

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    1. Me too, SarahElisabeth. Fresh, from scratch meals are always the best!! :)

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  4. A friend gave me this recipe with a bridal shower gift. Love it!

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