Loaded Chicken & Potato Casserole
Loaded Chicken & Potato Casserole is quickly becoming one of my family’s favorite recipes. So, here’s the thing…firstly, it was as good as it looks in the picture. Secondly, I am not a food picture taker, so excuse the poor quality of the picture. Third, I’ll be just writing this as I cook it because the “proper way” is not my style, it irritates me, and this way, I don’t forget anything.
I bought a family pack of boneless skinless chicken breasts. All of the chicken was placed in my instant pot with my seasoning mix (if you want this recipe to be garlic-free, then use 1 c. kosher salt, 1/8 c. pepper, 1/2 c. onion powder) and minced onions. There was a total of about 6 c. water that was used. The instant pot was set on manual for 20 minutes. For the love…save the broth. Let it cool in a bowl, overnight, and then skim the fat off the top. You can store this in a DOUBLE BAGGED gallon freezer bag to use for anything under the sun.
While That was Cooking
I fried up a pound of bacon. I also chopped up an onion and I fried that in the bacon grease. Once my chicken was done, I kept out 3 large chicken breasts. The rest, I put in a baggie and froze. You can use a large bowl and shred it up. I added more seasoning and then I put in 4 packets of dry ranch mix. You could get away with using 2 packets if you wish (I just wanted the flavor).
I also cut up some green onions, 6 large potatoes (cubed, peeled, or unpeeled), 1/2 c. sour cream, my chopped-up bacon, 2 T. of bacon grease, a ladle of the chicken broth and I smooshed it all together with my hands cause the spoon was just not cutting it.
In the meantime, I shredded up some smoked gouda (you could use any cheese). I put, in a greased 13×9 dish, 1/2 the chicken/potato mixture, then the cheese, then the chicken, and topped it with cheese.
Cover and bake at 350 for 30 minutes. Uncover and bake for 5 minutes.
It was good. Happy cooking.