Cheesy Ranch Chicken and Potatoes Casserole for dinner tonight! It is so easy to make, even the littles will love eating it!
This is a sponsored post on behalf of Hidden Valley, but all opinions are our own.
It’s the time of year that we are all busiest and feeding the most people and if you’re anything like us you’re also busting out at least a few recipes that don’t get made as often as the others as they are your holiday recipes. For us that means we’ve got a few recipes that take ingredients that we don’t buy as often and only need certain amounts of which means the fridge becomes piled up with leftovers and veggies that get wasted. I hate that and refuse to let it happen so I’ve teamed up with Hidden Valley® to chat about the #TasteNotWaste program and in the meantime share this family favorite, cheesy ranch chicken and potatoes casserole.
Here’s what you’ll often find as a leftover in my home that needs to be used up before it gets wasted, potatoes like the ones in this recipe which are starting to go soft and sprout, rotisserie or other cooked chicken or meat, mushrooms from making things like Green Bean Casserole, celery (hello, why can’t I just buy them by the stalk? I always am needing to get rid of celery.) broccoli that’s beginning to turn colors. People these days get so afraid of softening veggies but my mom taught me a few things like freezing them, throwing them into a soup or casserole or roasting everything off into a hash like this root veggie hash.
I just try to keep track of what I’m buying and then have a game plan for when they start to turn because I know it always happens to me. I also try to use up all of my fruits and veggies before I run back to the store to get more. Just because a potato has a bad end or is starting to soften does not mean you need to throw it all away, just cut off the parts you don’t like and turn it into something delicious. I’m appalled by how much we throw out in our house and we aren’t even that bad!
Use a seasoning packet or mix to add a little flavor to things that are on their way out. If you have carrots, celery, and potatoes all going limp try tossing them with butter, a Hidden Valley Ranch Seasoning Mix and parmesan cheese kind of like these Cheesy Potatoes and suddenly everything has a new life again.
And if you have any ugly or dying veggies show us on social media with the hashtag #TasteNotWaste and what you’re doing to bring them back to life!
Are Potatoes High in Fiber?
Potatoes, Russet, red, and sweet potatoes all have at least 3 grams of fiber in a medium-sized spud, if you eat the skin and all.
Are Potatoes Vegetables?
Potatoes, yams, cassava and plantain are vegetables.
But, because they contribute starch, they don’t count toward vegetables in your diet.
Nutritionally, they are classified as a starch.
Is Chicken Healthy?
Chicken is a lean, white meat.
Chicken contains essential omega 3 fatty acids which carry potential cardiovascular benefits.
Chicken helps to lower cholesterol which helps to prevent heart disease.
Cheesy Ranch Chicken and Potatoes Casserole
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Cheesy Ranch Chicken and Rice Casserole
- 3 Tablespoons Butter
- 1 Clove Garlic minced
- 1/2 Cup Minced Mushrooms
- 1/4 Cup Flour
- 2 Tablespoons Ranch Seasoning Mix
- 1 Cup Milk
- 1/2 Cup Chicken Broth
- 2 Cups Cooked Chicken chopped
- 1 Heaping Cup Sliced Carrots steamed
- 1 Heaping Cup Broccoli steamed
- 1 Cup Chicken Broth
- 1 Cup Water
- 1 Cup White or Brown Rice
- 1 Cup Frozen Peas *optional
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- Colby Jack or Cheddar Cheese sliced (about 9-12 slices)
- Heat the oven to 350 degrees.
- In a small saucepan over medium heat, add the butter until melted, and then the mushrooms and garlic.
- Stir occasionally for 1-2 minutes then quickly whisk in the flour.
- Allow to cook for 30 seconds more and add the ranch, milk and broth, whisking until it begins to simmer.
- Cook 2-3 minutes or until thickened.
- Spray an 8x9" baking dish with nonstick spray then add the chicken, veggies, additional broth, water, sauce and rice.
- Stir to combine and bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes or until rice is tender.
- Remove from the oven and stir in the peas and any additional seasoning, sampling to get the rice flavorful.
- Top with cheese and bake for another 15-20 minutes or until the cheese is bubbly.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Hidden Valley. The opinions and text are all mine.