It happens to everyone. You get home from work and have to make dinner. As you dig through the freezer you come up with a pack of chicken breasts. With a little more digging you find bacon. Looking through the pantry you pull out some potatoes. Opening the fridge you find a block of cheese and not much else. Well, this happened to me. My boyfriend hadn’t been grocery shopping in some time and there seemed to be nothing in the house but those few things. So I came up with this.
3 chicken breasts
Bacon bits or bacon BAKED and crumbled
4-6 potatoes (I like red)
2 cups of cheese
1-2 tablespoons butter COLD
1. Cook the chicken. Grill it, boil it, bake it, microwave it. Just cook it.
2. Cut chicken into bite sized pieces. I threw mine in my magic bullet so it was nice and shredded.
3. Peel and cut the potatoes in relatively small pieces. The smaller the quicker they will bake. (Sometimes I boil them to speed the baking process up a bit)
4. If you are baking your bacon, place cookie cooling rack on a cooking sheet. Place bacon on cooling rack and bake at 350 until crispy. The fat drains through the cooling rack leaving crispy and “healthier” bacon. Or you can just use store bought bacon bits, the REAL ones.
5. Grate at least 2 cups of cheddar or cheese of your choice.
Now you have everything prepped! Time to put it together.
6. Combined chicken, potatoes, bacon bits/crumble and half of the cheese either in baking dish or bowl. *grease bottom of baking dish!*
7. Cover mixture with remaining cheese!
8. With a knife, cube or slice butter and drop on top of casserole.
9. Cover with foil.
If potatoes are already cooked, bake at 350 for about a half hour to melt the cheese and get all the flavors together. If potatoes are not cooked, bake at 375 for 30-45 min or until the potatoes are soft.
So next time you find empty cupboards, don’t sweat! This super easy and relatively cheap dinner is yummy and takes about an hour and 15 minutes start to eating! It can easily be made ahead of time, and just thrown in the oven when you’re ready to eat.