Can I make a confession to you? I have a hard time making dinner every night. In fact, I think I only make dinner maybe 3 nights a week. Don’t judge me ok.
I love to cook and bake but it’s a known fact that if my hubby comes home before I’ve started dinner, that I just won’t cook dinner. I don’t know why, but once he steps through that door, I have to hang out with him and the kids. It’s like a timer goes off and says “Okay your time in the kitchen is over Cyndi”. Silly huh?
So I like to have quick recipes on the week nights. It’s actually funny how busy I am and I don’t work out of the house. I look up to women that work out of the home and manage a home. You’re my idol, seriously.
Let me give you a little glimpse into one of my days. Let’s pick Monday for instance:
8am- Drop my son off to school
9am – Drop my daughter off to school
9:30-1:30 – Eat breakfast, work on creating recipes, cooking/baking other recipes, taking pictures of said food, social media, preparing for the next post/recipe and then odds and ends for the blog.
1:30-2:30 – I try to workout, have a smoothie or lunch
2:30-3:30 – Pick up the kiddos from school
3:30-5:30 – This is the time I need to utilize to make dinner. But something always gets in the way like grocery shopping, baths, homework and or finishing up editing pictures for the next blog post. Also this is normally the time the hubsters starts walking through that door.
5:30-8:00 – Son has soccer practice, so I try to get other grocery shopping done or just hang out with hubby and daughter while we wait.
8:00-11:00 – Coffee/dessert and unwinding time. Then it’s time to go to bed and do it all over again in the am.
So there you have it. That’s my day in a nut shell. Now it’s not that crazy every day, but I gotta tell you it sure feels like it. So Mon-Fri if we want to eat in, then I HAVE to make something quick and easy. I love casseroles because you literally throw everything in a pan and bake it. 30 minutes later, Wha-la you have this gorgeous delicious meal.
Buffalo Chicken and Potato Casserole
- 3-4 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1/2 inch or smaller cubes
- 7 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch cubes
- 1/3 cup olive oil
- 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon ground pepper
- 1 tablespoon paprika
- 2 tablespoon garlic powder
- 6 tablespoons hot sauce ( I used 3 tbsp Tapatio, 2 tbsp Cholula, 1 tbsp Tabasco)
- 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
- 5-6 slices turkey bacon, cooked & crumbled
- 1 cup green onions, sliced
- 1 cup frozen corn, thawed a little bit
- garnish: ranch or blue cheese dressing
- Preheat oven to 500 degrees F.
- In a large bowl, add olive oil, hot sauces, salt, pepper, garlic powder and paprika. Mix well. Add potatoes and coat evenly.
- Spread potatoes on a greased 9x13 baking dish. Scoop potatoes into the baking dish with a slotted spoon, leaving some of the olive oil mixture in the large bowl.
- Bake potatoes 20-25 minutes, stirring halfway through.
- While the potatoes are cooking, add diced chicken to the large bowl with the leftover olive oil mixture. Let chicken marinate while the potatoes are roasting.
- Once the potatoes are crispy, remove from oven and place on the stove. Lower the oven temperature to 400 degrees F.
- Place uncooked chicken on top of roasted potatoes and cook for 20 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through.
- A few minutes before the chicken is done, add the topping ingredients to a bowl and mix well.
- Once the chicken is cooked through, sprinkle the topping mixture on top and bake for an additional 5-10 minutes, or until cheese is melted and bubbly.
- Drizzle dressing over casserole and serve.