Loaded Baked Potato Casserole

I feel like I post way more about food than I should.  But when something is good, you want to share it with the world right?  Tonight, I made this Loaded Baked Potato Casserole for dinner and it was a hit.  While I usually eat just about anything, my taste buds have been a little more picky lately–not in the mood for a lot of things and feeling kind of icky with certain foods (thankfully no morning sickness though–thank you Jesus for not making me suffer with any of my pregnancies with that).  But this recipe suited my hungry belly just fine.  Plus, my husband took his first bite and said it was really good.  If you know how picky he is, you know that calls for sharing this recipe asap!

Here’s how you make it.  I did alter the original recipe just a tad but feel free to do her version–it’s probably pretty close.

Loaded Baked Potato Casserole

Ingredients

  • 3 – 4 medium potatoes, scrubbed and diced (don’t peel)
  • 1/2 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts, diced
  • 4 slices bacon, cooked crisp, cooled and crumbled
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup onion, diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons butter, cut into small pieces

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a 9″ x 9″ baking pan or casserole dish.  (I accidentally used a 9×13 and it worked out fine–just not as squished.)
  2. Spread half of the diced potatoes in bottom of pan. Place the diced chicken breasts evenly on top. Season chicken with 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Sprinkle with the bacon crumbles, 1/2 cup of the cheese, and half the onions.
  3. Spread the remaining diced potatoes on top, followed by another 1/2 cup cheese, remaining onions and another 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Pour heavy cream over top of casserole and then dot with the butter. Cover with aluminum foil and bake in the preheated oven for 1 hour. Uncover and bake another 30 minutes. In the last few minutes of baking, sprinkle with the remaining 1/2 cup cheddar cheese and bake until melted

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