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No Need to Go out, Make Your Own "KFC" Bowl Casserole at Home!

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Instead of ordering single serve bowls for the whole family, why not make one casserole to feed the whole family for a ¼ of the price?!

Once a week I like to to do an over the top dinner for my family. This time I jazzed up some chicken strips with KFC in mind. Stringy cheese, fluffy potatoes, creamy country gravy, need I say more!

Ingredients:

For Mash Potato:

  • 1 1/2 lbs Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and cut lengthwise into quarters
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 Tbsp heavy cream
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 1 Tbsp milk
  • Salt and Pepper

For Country Gravy:

  • 5 strips Bacon (cut into small pieces)
  • 4 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • Approximately 2 cups 2% milk
  • Salt and pepper

For Casserole:

  • 1 box chicken strips
  • 1 can Corn niblets
  • 1 jar French's fried onions
  • 4 cups Cheddar cheese (grated)

Directions:

For Mash Potato:

  • Place cut potatoes in pot of water and cook for 15 to 20 minutes, or until you can easily poke through them with a fork.
  • Drain cooked potatoes, mash with butter, cream, milk.
  • Mash the potatoes with a potato masher, until the mashed potatoes are smooth.
  • Add salt and pepper to taste.

For Country Gravy:

  1. Heat bacon in a large, heavy bottomed skillet over medium heat until crispy. Add flour and combine. Add ¼ tsp salt and around 10 grinds pepper.
  2. Stir until the flour is about the color of peanut butter and smells nutty. Add ½ of the milk, reduce heat to medium low.
  3. Allow to come to a simmer, stirring constantly to avoid sticking
  4. Add milk by quarter or half cups until gravy has thickened considerably. If using a whisk you’ll know the gravy is ready when drawing the whisk through the gravy leaves “tracks” from the wires that remain visible for at least 5 seconds.
  5. Add more pepper and another pinch of salt, to taste.

For Casserole:

  1. Preheat oven to 400
  2. Cook chicken tenders, prepare Mash potato, prepare white gravy.
  3. Evenly spread mash potatoes in 9x13 casserole dish.
  4. Even spread white gravy.
  5. Layer corn niblets on top.
  6. Layer Cooked chicken strips
  7. Cover with cheddar cheese.
  8. Bake 15min or until casserole is melted and bubbling

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