Cheesy BBQ Bacon Chicken with Homestyle Mashed Potatoes

There’s nothing better than yummy, home-cooked southern comfort food. Every so often I think it’s important to throw those diets out the window and indulge.

And by every so often I mean, like, every day.

Oops.

Last night I indulged in homestyle mashed potatoes with cream gravy, and cheesy bacon- and barbeque-topped chicken.

I started with the mashed potatoes. This is because when you are very dumb and try to boil potatoes whole, it takes FOREVER. Luckily I’ve learned from past mistakes and quartered the potatoes before boiling.

potato 1Let ‘em boil. That’s right fellas, just like that.

potatoes 2Pour embarrassing quantities of milk, butter, cream cheese, salt and pepper into your taters and get to mashin.’

potato 3Next up: gravy. Homemade cream gravy is my favorite thing in this world.

Okay, maybe not my favorite favorite…. But definitely top five.

gravy 1Heat some vegetable oil over medium heat, then add flour. Slowly pour in milk, and whisk it all together until smooth and combined.

I won’t lie to you: I was a little worried about the gravy. First it was crazy thick and refused to mix with the milk, then the lumps refused to combine. Those skanks.

helpful catI highly recommend having a ridiculously useless – though adorable – cat on hand to ease the tension in moments of kitchen stress. See how helpful he is up there? Thanks Mav. You da best.

gravy 2Try not to panic if your gravy is having a diva moment. Just add more milk and keep whisking. Then add a crap-ton of seasoned salt and freshly ground black pepper. More is more, people.

Now, please excuse me while I suffer a self-induced heart attack.

Moving on to the chicken. Let’s just say that I very loosely followed the inspiration recipe. Mostly because the computer was too far away to keep looking up every single step. It’s okay, I promise everything’s going to be alright. Trust me on this. Start by pounding it to tenderize the meat and give the pieces a uniform width.

chicken 1Normal humans would use a mallet. Perhaps even a rolling pin. I have neither, so naturally I beat my chicken with olive oil.

chicken 2No judging. It’s my blog, I do what I want.

You could really cook the chicken any which way. You could grill it, bake it, whatever lights your fire (heh heh). I cooked mine in a skillet because…. well, just because.

chicken 3The recipe says to season the chicken with salt and pepper. I took it a step further and added garlic salt and red pepper flakes. I like a little spice, baby.

When the chicken is cooked, top it with yummy BBQ sauce, crispy bacon and cheesy cheese. I used sharp cheddar, but I have a feeling that pepperjack would be equally fab.

chicken 4Put a lid on it for a few minutes to let the cheese melt into ooey, gooey perfection. Hopefully you’re more organized than me and can actually find a lid to fit your pan.

chicken 3 point 5Enjoy!

plated - doneHere’s the original chicken recipe that I somewhat followed. Happy eating!

1 Comment

  • I’m supposed to be working but instead I’m going back and reading all of your recipe posts and throwing a mini fit about the fact that I’ll most likely be having easy mac for dinner tonight. LIKE PLEASE FEED ME I’M SO HUNGRY.

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