Loaded Baked Potato and Buffalo Chicken Casserole + Weekly Menu

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I spent the weekend in Chicago with my family since Mr. Prevention was doing some traveling himself. I never turn down a weekend back home where I can see family and friends, relax some, and break from the daily grind (it’s a great excuse to take off Friday and make it a long weekend 😉 ). Plus, my mom gives great back rubs, does the dishes, and if I bring a to-do list, my dad happily completes each and every task — everything from sewing to headlight repair on my car to necklace repair to cleaning my wedding rings. And that was just this trip.

I know, I’m totally spoiled 😀

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Before I left on Friday, Mr. P’s shower and getting ready awoke me a few hours earlier than I was hoping (up at 6:30am on my day off? Grumble). But to have him rub my belly and say goodbye to me and baby was…well, that’ll just melt a girl’s heart, let me tell ya. P.S. the anatomy scan is THIS FRIDAY and we should be finding out the baby’s gender at that appointment. Squeeeeeeee!

The weekend was a perfect mix of exercise, napping in the lay-z boy, and friends and family. We did lots of laughing. LOTS of laughing always.

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One of my favorite laughs was when I was scouring the fridge for a snack and my mom handed me some leftover Jello salad. I quickly recognized it as the Jello salad she served 2 weekends prior when I was home. Two week-old leftovers? C’mon, maaaa. While I wasn’t willing to take the risk, my brother happily did so. He’s still with us and apparently unaffected. Go figure.

This week, I was planning a week of cleaning out the freezer and fridge…but then my latest issue of Cooking Light arrived. As I thumbed through that this weekend, leftovers were losing their appeal rather quickly. Last week, however, we enjoyed leftovers of this recipe. It was delicious…and the perfect balance of good and good for you. Slightly sinful, but still pretty balanced and FULL of flavor. Enjoy!

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Loaded Baked Potato and Buffalo Chicken Casserole
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Serves: 7
 
Ingredients
  • 4 large potatoes (3 lb), cut into cubes
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ Tbsp fresh ground pepper
  • 2 Tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 Tbsp paprika
  • ⅓ cup hot sauce
  • 2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1½ cups (6 oz) 2% shredded cheddar cheese
  • 5 strips nitrate-free bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • ½ cup green onion, diced
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 500 degrees F. Spray a 9-by-13-inch baking dish with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl whisk together the oil, salt, pepper, garlic powder, paprika and hot sauce; add the potatoes and toss to coat. Using a slotted spoon, remove the potatoes (reserve leftover sauce!!) to the prepared 9x13 and bake for 40-50 minutes, stirring every 10 to 15 minutes, until cooked through, crispy and browned.
  3. While the potatoes are cooking, add the diced chicken to the left over sauce mix and toss to coat. Allow the chicken to marinate in the fridge while the potatoes bake.
  4. Once the potatoes are fully cooked, remove from the oven and lower the temperature to 400 degrees F.
  5. Top the potatoes with the raw marinated chicken, then top the chicken, followed by the shredded cheese and crumbled bacon.
  6. Return the casserole to the oven and bake for 20 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through. Sprinkle green onions over casserole and serve hot.
Notes
Recipe adapted from Healthy Dinner Recipes
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1/7 casserole (about 1½ cups) Calories: 454 Fat: 16.7 Carbohydrates: 40.3 Sugar: 0.8 Sodium: 879 Fiber: 5.4 Protein: 35.1 Cholesterol: 29

 Weekly Menu: May 18th – May 22nd

BUSY week ahead and it is late. G’night 🙂

Be well,

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16 Comments

  1. May 21, 2014 / 9:14 am

    That’s awesome that your folks are so willing to help you out when you go back to Chicago to visit. Parents are awesome.
    I’m looking forward to finding out Baby Prevention’s gender…as I’m sure you are too.

  2. May 22, 2014 / 12:38 pm

    This. Looks. Amazing. I love buffalo anything, bacon anything and duh, cheese. I will definitely be trying this one!!

  3. May 28, 2014 / 9:09 am

    This is definitely a family pleasing meal for sure. Kids would love this!

  4. Becca
    May 29, 2014 / 9:18 pm

    My husband set off the smoke alarm making this!!! I think the 500 degree oven was too much for our smoke detector 🙂 nothing burned, it just might’ve been too hot? These potatoes are amazing! Our chicken turned out a bit bland, I think we cut it into too large of chunks., but overall a great dinner!!!

    • Nicole, RD
      Author
      May 31, 2014 / 6:39 pm

      I know, 500 is HOT!! I used the bottom rack and stirred often…they were definitely crispy and good 🙂

  5. June 10, 2014 / 3:07 pm

    Nicole-thank you so much for sharing this! It’s different and my husband and I LOVED it. He specifically request that it go into our regular dinner rotation. Keep posting amazing healthy recipes! We are eating it up-literally. 🙂

    • Nicole, RD
      Author
      June 10, 2014 / 4:19 pm

      Thanks, Courtney!! 🙂 So glad it was a hit!

  6. Tanisha
    July 28, 2014 / 8:13 pm

    I made this for me, my boyfriend, and two of our friends. Everyone, including myself, LOVED it! My baking dish was nearly spotless! Thanks for sharing!

    • Nicole Morrissey
      July 28, 2014 / 8:31 pm

      So glad it was a major hit, Tanisha!! 🙂

  7. Shani Brown
    July 29, 2014 / 8:36 am

    We are going to try this recipe this week but not really sure what to have with it. Any suggestions?

    • Nicole Morrissey
      July 29, 2014 / 11:29 am

      I’d say something green – green beans, a salad, or just on its own as it is pretty substantial!

  8. Angelic
    August 27, 2014 / 4:37 pm

    Look yummy. What kind of hot sauce do I buy?

    • Nicole Morrissey
      Author
      August 27, 2014 / 7:35 pm

      Tabasco or hot pepper sauce of your choice 🙂

  9. Angelic
    August 27, 2014 / 8:09 pm

    What site are your recipes on?

  10. March 4, 2019 / 3:36 pm

    Love this dish – it’s become a regular in our house, and we always eat way too much of it. So good!

    • Nicole Morrissey
      Author
      March 10, 2019 / 2:39 pm

      Hi Liz!! Thanks so much <3 Hope you're well!

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