Can I Make a "Loaded Potato Casserole w/ Chicken"?
This "Loaded Potato Casserole w/ Chicken" from the Spicy Apron's YouTube channel looked tasty. It was good timing that the video was recommended to me when I saw it. It gave me an idea of what to do a 1/2 baked potato I had leftover from trying a different way to make the Steak Potato Nachos (see link) that I didn't want to go to waste. I also had rotisserie chicken around and most of the rest of the ingredients around.
I also wanted to make it because I like casseroles -- even though they may be retro and not cool, haha :) -- as I've written before when I made the sausage dip. They are cheap, good hearty meals that are good especially in the fall and winter. We tend to think of them as big dishes for a lot of peopleand she is making a big casserole for a lot of people. I just made a small portion for myself and I also took some shortcuts.
Sunday, November 24, 2019, Attempt #1:
For her casserole, she used red potatoes. I used 1/2 of a Russet potato. There are lots of types of potatoes and the type you use matters in some recipes, but I didn't think it mattered so much in this recipe.
I made mine a slightly healthier version. There are bacon bits in the recipe (if you want). She poured bacon grease from cooking her bacon into the potato casserole. I didn't do this. I just used some crumbles of Oscar Mayer fully cooked bacon.
She adds broccoli, but I didn't have any around. However, I think I would have eaten it in this casserole, so I might get some.
The thing that she did that I wouldn't have thought of is that she made a wet mixture of chicken stock, sour cream and cheese, which added moisture and flavor to the casserole. That made it more of a casserole rather than a loaded bake potato, which is still good.
To make it easier and less cleanup, I just mixed it, baked it and ate it all in a springboard pan.
What I used:
- 1/2 baked potato
- Rotisserie chicken (hand-shredded)
- 2 pieces of Oscar Mayer fully cooked bacon (crumbled into pieces)
- Pre-cut green onions
- Kosher Cheddar slice (torn into pieces)
- Daisy Sour Cream (~1 tablespoon or 1 /2 tablespoons)
- 1/2 cup of chicken stock (water w/ some seasoning from a Chicken Ramen package)
I just added everything to the springboard pan. Once I added the chicken stock (2nd pic) and sour cream (3rd pic) and cheddar cheese (the "wet mixture), I made sure to stir it around (4th pic).
I baked it at 375 degrees for 15-20 min.
RESULT: Success! :)
We are good at this! How good does that look? It was really easy. It took maybe 3-5 min. to put everything in the pan and then I just popped it all in the oven.
Also, there was almost no mess because I just used one springboard pan to do everything.
Give it a try! We are good at this!