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Monday, February 4, 2013

Potato-topped Chicken Casserole and Tate's Bake Shop Giveaway

Cabin fever, the winter doldrums, are in full force now. 

You know ~ “I can’t wait for winter to end.”  Bring on summer!
In the meantime, I’m cooking simple comfort food dishes, such as this casserole, to warm up the days. 

This dish is easy, using ground chicken, a few vegetables, and seasonings. Adjust the recipe to your choice ~ maybe bell peppers or peas, chili powder, Creole or taco seasonings, almonds or cashews, pine nuts, or Rotel tomatoes.  The possibilities are endless!

Potato-topped Chicken Casserole


2 tablespoons canola oil
1½ pounds ground chicken
1 large onion, chopped
5 ribs celery, sliced ½” thick
5 carrots, sliced ¼” thick
3 tablespoons flour
1½ cups chicken stock, divided
2 tablespoons tomato paste
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
2 teaspoons garlic powder
Salt and pepper, to taste
4 cups mashed potatoes, whipped with milk and butter, and seasonings.
1 cup grated cheddar cheese


Heat oil in skillet until hot and add chicken and onions.
Cook, stirring frequently for 3-4 minutes.
Add celery and carrots, cook another 2-3 minutes.
In small bowl, make paste of flour and ¼-½ cup chicken stock.
Add to chicken and blend well.
Add remainder of chicken stock, plus tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce and garlic powder.
Season with salt and pepper.
Pour mixture into 2-quart casserole dish.
Top with mashed potatoes.
Bake in preheated 375 degree oven for 20 minutes.
Sprinkle cheese over top and bake for another 10 minutes, or until cheese is melted.


Today is the last day to enter my Tate’s Bake Shop Giveaway for their Valentine’s Cookie Cube and Cookbook Combo.  Be sure to enter to win this sweet treat for you and yours!

And, go visit my friend, Linda’s blog, @My Kind of Cooking.  She’s hosting a Tate’s Giveaway also!


  1. This looks and sounds delicious, Pam! I'll be trying it out soon.

  2. Oh I could not agree more, bring on summer or at least spring! This looks delicious, you know we never see cheddar here in our area of France! I have to do with Cantel, a French hard cheese which I do not think is nearly as good. Great recipe. Have a good day Diane

  3. The mashed potato/cheese topping sounds perfect for this casserole!

  4. We love casseroles like this and I always look forward to the leftovers the next day. Love the mashed potato topper.

  5. Looks great Pam and I believe I could eat about anything topped with mashed potatoes and cheese.

  6. We're having a pretty mild winter so far... that's good news!

  7. Que buena se ve esta receta.


  8. please enter me in the Tate's Bakeshop giveaway.

  9. this is some serious comfort food and i need it on my table!

  10. Though we have not had much snow, this winter does seem to be very long. This dish looks wonderful, easy and delicious. Love Tate's Bake Shop:)

  11. This is just the sort of comforting casserole I love to eat! It's versatility is great!

  12. Well, the groundhog didn't see his shadow- Doesn't that mean spring is on its way? Yummy casseroles like this one make the cold winters a lot easier to bear. :)

  13. Casseroles are one of my favorite things to make. Topping them with potatoes and cheese like your recipe does, are always a big hit at my house! Just like you said, you can be so creative with them!

  14. That casserole looks awesome! Total comfort food!

  15. I'm with you.. bring on the heat!! Oh wait.. I think if you come visit us, winter will be over... seems our cold spell has passed and we're sitting at a wonderful 75 today!! But, without the cold, I would never crave delicious dishes like this... so I guess it's good for something!!

  16. I'm all about comfort foods (and cookies) this time of year. It's always good to have some new recipes to try before summer's bounty arrives.


  17. Pam, That casserole looks great! Perfect comfort food for mid-winter blues! Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

  18. I love Rotel and how it jazzes up simple casseroles and dishes. This looks delicious.

  19. What a great, flexible dish, Pam. I think it rocks!



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