Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Loaded Potato & Buffalo Chicken Casserole

Loaded Potato & Buffalo Chicken Casserole

2 pounds boneless chicken breasts, cubed 1 inch (I use chicken tenderloins)
8 to 10 medium potatoes, cut in 1/2 inch cubes
1/3 cup olive oil
1- 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 tablespoon black pepper
1 tablespoon paprika
2 tablespoons garlic powder
6 tablespoons hot sauce

2 cups fiesta blend cheese
1 cup crumbled bacon
1 cup diced green onion

Preheat oven to 500 degrees.

Spray a 9x13x2 inch backing dish with cooking spray. 

In a large bowl mix together the olive oil, salt, pepper, paprika, garlic powder and hot sauce. Add the cubed potatoes and stir to coat. Carefully scoop the potatoes into the prepared baking dish, leaving behind as much of the olive oil/hot sauce mixture as possible. Bake the potatoes for 45-50 minutes, stirring every 10-15 minutes, until cooked through and crispy and browned on the outside. 

While the potatoes are cooking, add the cubed chicken to the bowl with the leftover olive oil/hot sauce mixture and stir to coat. Once the potatoes are fully cooked, remove from the oven and lower the oven temperature to 400 degrees. Top the potatoes with the raw marinated chicken. Top with cheese, bacon and chives.

Return the casserole to the oven and bake for 15-20 minutes or until chicken is cooked through and topping is bubbly.

Serve with extra hot sauce and/or ranch dressing.

Note: I don't find this spicy at all. If you want some kick add your favorite powdered buffalo seasoning or some ground cayenne pepper to the seasoning mix.

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