Loaded Chicken and Potato Casserole

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Whether you need a hearty new dish to serve your family or something extra special to take to your next potluck, this loaded chicken and potato casserole recipe might be just what you’ve been searching for. With rich ingredients like chicken, bacon, potatoes, and cheese, you know this quick and easy casserole is going to be the perfect crowd-pleaser. But can it be healthy too? As with most things, when this mouth-watering meal is eaten in moderation, and perhaps even served with a side salad, it can be packed full of nutritional potential for you and your loved ones.

Take the nutritional value of boneless, skinless chicken breasts, for example. When the skin is removed, so is the excess fat so you won’t have to worry about high cholesterol levels. Two boneless, skinless chicken breasts are only 250 calories and are very high in protein, so you are off to a great start. The nutritional value of red potatoes is also very favourable. One red potato is only 154 calories, is very high in vitamin C, high in potassium and vitamin B6, and low in sodium and saturated fat. Another key ingredient of this casserole recipe is Mexican Blend cheese. A quarter cup of shredded Mexican Blend is 110 calories, and is very high in calcium. It’s also high in protein and contains vitamin A. If you like, you can make this chicken potato casserole even healthier by choosing alternative ingredients – for example, a quarter cup of shredded mozzarella cheese is only 85 calories, is high in calcium, phosphorus, and vitamin B12. It’s also a reliable source of protein and contains vitamin A and iron. Using fresh, organic, local ingredients whenever possible will also help you to make this delicious casserole dish the healthiest it can possibly be.

A side salad containing nutrient-rich greens like kale, spinach, or Swiss chard, as well as broccoli, carrots, red bell peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers, and bean sprouts would offer the perfect complement to this hearty meat-based casserole, giving you the complete spectrum of all the essential food groups for a fully-rounded nutritional meal. Just to give you a rough idea of how healthy foods like kale, red peppers, and bean sprouts can be – one cup of raw, chopped kale is very high in vitamin C, vitamin 6, vitamin A, potassium, manganese, and calcium. It’s also high in thiamin, riboflavin, potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, iron, and dietary fiber. A medium-sized red bell pepper is very high in vitamins E, C, B6, thiamin, iron, and dietary fiber, and one cup of mung bean sprouts is high in vitamin C, B6, thiamin, riboflavin, potassium, magnesium, manganese, iron, and dietary fiber. This delectable chicken casserole recipe come from Kristin at The Cookin’ Chicks website, where you can find recipes for every meal or occasion. Kristin is a stay-at-home mom who is so passionate about food that she wants everyone else to be too. She created this blog to not only keep track of her yummy recipe collections, but to share them with the world as well. If you’re looking for appetizer recipes, dessert recipes, or main meal recipes, there’s something here to satiate every craving.

Nutrition Facts for: Loaded Chicken and Potato Casserole from The Cookin' Chicks
Ingredients: Chicken, potatoes, mayonnaise, salt, pepper, paprika garlic powder, hot sauce, cheese, bacon, green onion.
* Percentages (%) are based on a 2000 calorie diet * The entire recipe has been calculated for 6 servings.* Per Serving: Calories 934, Calories from Fat 497, Total Fat 55.2g 85%, Saturated Fat 21.0g 105%, Cholesterol 200mg 67%, Sodium 2933mg 122%, Potassium 1632mg 47%, Carbohydrates 43.9g 15%, Dietary Fiber 6.4g 26%, Sugars 6.6g, Protein 64.0g, Vitamin A 20%, Vitamin C 84%, Calcium 36%, Iron 23%

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