Mashed Potato Casserole with Pulled Chicken and Crispy Bacon

This recipe featuring mashed potatoes, pulled chicken and crispy bacon yields comfort food at its best.

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  • Servings: 3 to 4

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  • One 6-ounce chicken breast 
  • 5/8 teaspoon sea salt
  • 5/8 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 medium russet potatoes
  • 3 slices bacon
  • 1/4 cup cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely minced

How to make this recipe

  1. Preheat the oven to 425°. Season the chicken breast with 1/8 teaspoon each of sea salt and freshly ground pepper. In a small pan, heat the extra-virgin olive oil over medium high heat. Add the chicken and cook for 1 minute. Turn the chicken, reduce the heat, cover the pan and cook for 8 minutes. Remove from the heat, leave covered for 10 minutes, then shred the chicken with 2 forks.

  2. Meanwhile, scrub the potatoes well, quarter them and cook in a medium pot of boiling salted water for 10 minutes, until they are soft. Drain and roughly mash the potatoes.

  3. Meanwhile, arrange the bacon on a baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes, until the bacon is quite crispy. Remove from the oven, let cool and then crumble.

  4. In a small bowl, whisk together the cream cheese, water, garlic and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt and freshly ground black pepper.

  5. In an 8-inch-square baking dish, combine the potatoes, bacon and cream cheese sauce. Bake uncovered in the oven for 20 minutes, or until the sauce is bubbly. Remove from the oven and let sit for 5 minutes before serving.

Contributed By Photo © Kristen Stevens Published October 2014

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Aggregate Rating value: 1

Review Count: 1

Worst Rating: 0

Best Rating: 5

Author Name: Kalli Flattenskov

Review Body: Does the shredded chicken get mixed in during step 5, prior to baking? 

Date Published: 2016-10-01

Author Name: Carolyn Melby

Review Body: This is a mess.  It doesn't say what to do with the garlic, where to put the chicken, and what temp to bake the potatoes.  VERY disappointed in food and wine for this useless recipe.

Review Rating: 1

Date Published: 2016-12-15