Baked potatoes are a delicious side dish that can be whipped up easily. But if you’re a huge fan of baked potatoes, why not make a meal out of them. This creative idea from Delicious As It Looks takes the idea of baked potatoes and transforms it into a hearty, comforting casserole that can be served any night of the week.

What You Need:

3 – 4 medium russet potatoes, scrubbed and diced
        (about 1 1/2 lbs. or 4 1/2 cups)
1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts, diced
4 slices bacon, cooked crisp, cooled and crumbled
1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
4 green onions, sliced
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into small pieces

What You Do:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees, then lightly grease a 9×9″ baking pan or casserole dish.
  2. Spread a layer of diced potatoes in the bottom of the pan. Top with an even layer of chicken breasts.
  3. Season the chicken layer with 1/4 tsp each of salt and pepper. Then, sprinkle on bacon crumbs, 1/2 cup of the cheese, and half of the green onions.
  4. Spread the remaining diced potatoes in a layer on top. Then top with the remaining bacon, 1/2 cup of cheese, remaining green onions and 1/4 tsp each of salt and pepper.
  5. Pour heavy cream over the top of your casserole, then dot with the small pieces of butter.
  6. Cover with aluminum foil and bake in oven for 1 hour. Uncover, then bake for an additional 30 minutes.
  7. In the last few minutes of baking, sprinkle the top of the casserole with the remaining 1/2 of cheese. Bake until the cheese melts.
  8. Serve warm and enjoy!