Fed & Fit BBQ Chicken Potato Casserole

Fantastic Fed & Fit BBQ Chicken Potato Casserole Recipe!

This post is jam-packed with awesomeness, including an incredible recipe for BBQ Chicken Potato Casserole, a review of a new, healthy cookbook (+ food and fitness plan) from Cassy Joy Garcia of Fed & Fit. Get ready! This is much more than just a potato casserole recipe! It’s a chicken potato casserole recipe and SO DELICIOUS!

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With over 175 gluten-free and Paleo-friendly recipes, a 28-day food and fitness plan, program guides, and all sorts of supplemental online tools, Fed & Fit gives readers an amazing foundation for getting healthy and fit. There are so many delicious recipes inside– all of which include easy, step-by-step instructions, beautiful color photos, and personalized meal preparation guides to help you achieve your individual health goals. Cassy Joy also includes shopping lists, tips for stocking your pantry, make-ahead meal ideas, cooking for one, and best practices for storage, freezing, and reheating. It’s truly everything I ever wanted in a cookbook and more!

Fed & Fit also features workouts, exercise demonstrations, and fitness recommendations from New York Times Bestselling author and the blogger behind PaleOMG, Juli Bauer. (I also love her most recent cookbook!) The workouts are efficient (some are CrossFit-inspired) and include everything from recommended equipment and warm-ups to movement modifications and mobility exercises. It really has everything you need to get started with an effective at-home workout routine!

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Cassy sent me Fed & Fit when it was first released back in August, and I’ve found myself reaching for it again and again. There are so many awesome recipes that aren’t super complicated or require a zillion different ingredients. Many of the recipe can be made ahead of time and cooked into double batches for freezing for later on, so it’s an especially great resource for busy families, who want to eat well too.

The recipe for BBQ Chicken Potato Casserole is BY FAR my favorite. It’s really easy to make, especially if you use the crock pot option and store-bought BBQ sauce, and it turns out so well every time. The leftovers are also amazing and freeze well. Definitely add this one to your meal plan for next week. You’re guaranteed to love it! AND you can enter to win a copy of Fed & Fit for yourself! Details below.

BBQ Chicken Potato Casserole

This dish reminds me of summer, sunshine, and family barbecues. Filling and delicious, this casserole is a real crowd-pleaser! Serve it up next to a fresh salad and you’ll have a complete meal. Note that this, like so many of my casserole recipes, freezes exceptionally well. You can either freeze the whole batch at once or spoon portions into individual serving-size bags for a quick defrost when you need a satisfying starchy meal. 

prep time: 15 minutes
cook time: 1 hour or 3 to 8 hours, depending on method
yield: 6 to 8 servings

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Ingredients:

  • 3 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, rinsed and patted dry
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons fine sea salt, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper, divided
  • 4 tablespoons salted butter, ghee, or coconut oil, divided
  • 3 pounds russet or other white potatoes [6 to 8 if they’re small]
  • 1 cup BBQ sauce, store-bought or homemade [recipe below], divided
  • 1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup diced purple onions, for garnish
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves, for garnish

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Directions:

1.  Season both sides of the chicken with 1/2 teaspoon of the salt and 1/4 teaspoon of the pepper.

2. To sear the chicken, melt 1 tablespoon of the butter in a large saute pan over high heat. When the butter is melted, add the chicken. Sear for 3 to 5 minutes per side, until lightly browned.

3. Cook the chicken using one of these two methods:

Stovetop option: Pour enough water into the pan to cover the chicken, place the lid on the pan, and simmer over medium heat for 20 to 30 minutes, until cooked through. While the chicken is cooking, follow Step 4 to prepare the potatoes.

Slow cooker option: Transfer the seared chicken to the slow cooked, add enough water to cover the chicken, and cook on high for 3 to 4 hours or on low for 6 to 8 hours. When the chicken has about 30 minutes left to cook, prepare the potatoes.

4. Prepare the potatoes: Peel the potatoes and cut them into 1-inch cubes. Place the potatoes in a large pot and cover with water. Place the pot over high heat and bring to a simmer. Cook for 20 to 30 minutes or until the potatoes are easily pierced with a fork. Drain and place the potatoes either in a large bowl or back in their cooking pot. Using a potato masher, mash the potatoes with the remaining 3 tablespoons butter, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.

5. When the chicken is cooked, shred it using either the paddle attachment of a stand mixer or two forks. Toss the shredded chicken in 1/2 cup of the BBQ sauce.

6. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spoon the seasoned mashed potatoes into a 9 by 13-inch baking dish, then layer the BBQ shredded chicken on top. Mix the remaining 1/2 cup BBQ sauce with the vinegar and drizzle it over the top of the chicken.

7. Bake for 30 minutes, until the top just starts to brown.

8. Let cool, then garnish with the onions and cilantro. Serve warm.

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Tips: I like my mashed potatoes a little chunky, which is why the directions say to use a potato masher. If you prefer silky-smooth potatoes, you can blend the potatoes in a food processor or with an electric mixer instead. 

Approximate nutrition breakdown (based on 1 of 8 servings): Calories 393; Carbs 37g; Protein 43g; Fat 8g.

BBQ Sauce 2.0

prep time: 5 minutes
cook time: 6 minutes
yield: 3 1/2 cups (2 tablespoons per serving)

Ingredients:

  • 1 [15-ounce] can strained tomatoes or tomato sauce
  • 1 [6-ounce] can tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup coconut aminos
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

Directions:

  1. In a medium-sized saucepan over medium heat, whisk together all of the ingredients until well combined. Bring to a simmer and continue to whisk for an additional 5 minutes.
  2. Remove from the heat and let cool for at least 5 minutes.
  3. Use right away or transfer to a jar for storage in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

Approximate nutrition breakdown (per serving): Calories 27; Carbs 6g; Protein 1g; Fat 0g

Text excerpted from Fed & Fit, © 2016 by Casey Joy Garcia, NC. Reproduced by permission of Victory Belt Publishing. All rights reserved.

Giveaway time! Here’s your chance to win a copy of Fed & Fit!!!

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TO ENTER: Just leave a comment on this blog post about why you’d like to win Cassy Joy’s cookbook. I will randomly pick a winner next week. Good luck!

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258 Comments

  1. I love Cassy and Juli and am excited that they worked together to give us a book with easy at home exercise and great food. And every picture I’ve seen on blogs of the food From her book looks amazing!!

  2. I’ve recently begun making exercise and healthy food choices a priority in my life. And this book with recipes and fitness plans would be a great way to keep me on track to meet my goals.

  3. Thank you so much for bringing this new Paleo cookbook to my attention. I would love a copy as I am in loving Juli Bauer’s cookbook and her blog PaleOMG. I am somewhat new to Paleo cooking and have found that it is the best for my body at this time so I am trying to gather new recipes to try.

  4. I’m always looking for healthy but yummy recipes for my family. This cookbook sounds like it would fit the bill!

  5. This looks so good! I would love to explore even more of her recipes. BBQ casserole and the next Crossfit potluck sounds like a great combo!

  6. I so want this cookbook, its on my Amazon wishlist 🙂 I want to eat clean and get fit and healthy, and provide yummy food for my family

  7. I’d love to win the cookbook because I’ve really been working to try new recipes and do more scratch (or semi-scratch) cooking. I feel proud of taking care of myself. 🙂

  8. My wife and I are currently training for a marathon/half marathon and we are always looking for new, exciting and healthy recipes to try.

  9. I’ve been having issues with my back, so I haven’t been super motivated to get back to Crossfit. I could use a workout routine and meal plan to get me back on track! 🙂

  10. I just started following Cassy since she was on tour with Diane. Would love to check her book out! Love the combo of recipes and workouts.

  11. Hi Tina! I absolutely love Cassie, she is always so sweet, happy and devoted to what she does. Her book seems to have very easy, straight forward, wholesome recipes which use easily available ingredients. I also LOVE that she added an exercise portion to her book which can be done with no equipment as they are accessible to everyone.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  12. I love (physical) cookbooks and often get inspiration from them. Would love one geared towards healthy recipes without using a million gadgets or ingredients!

  13. I would love to use the workouts since I travel every week for work and am always looking for workouts that can be done without equipment/in a hotel room!

  14. I want this cookbook because that dish looks delicious, I’m definitely going to make it and I’m definitely going to enjoy some of her other recipes. The Paleo recipes works well with my blood glucose. I’m Type 1 diabetic.

  15. I’d love to win this cookbook. I get such inspiration from them and would love to change up my meal plan and add some fun variety. I’m also trying to eat more gluten free recipes and love that many of hers are gluten free.
    Fingers and paws crossed over here! 🙂
    ~Lolly

  16. This cookbook is beautiful I would love to win to add to my collection ….the fitness part of the book is also very exciting to add to my home workouts….

  17. I love new cookbooks! I am recently healed from an injury and just started back to the gym last week. Any workout motivation is very helpful.

  18. Awesome recipe! Will put this on the menu for next week. I would love this cookbook so I can try more paleo recipes! 🙂

  19. I have been a fan of Cassie and Juli for a while and am so excited to see what they put together. I’ve been stuck in a rut and need to slice things up.

  20. With a 2 year old and another one on the way, I definitely need make-ahead meal ideas!! And we eat mostly Paleo in our house, so this is perfect!!

  21. Looks like a great recipe! Plan to make it sometime next week.
    I love new cookbooks! Always want more to add to my collection, especially when they are healthy recipes!

  22. That BBQ recipe! Omgoodness. I enjoy cooking, but I don’t experiment much. Winning this would put me out of my comfort zone and get me to cookin’ delicious and healthy meals!

  23. I just recently had my 3rd baby. I’d love to win this in order to get back on the right track. I need a way to cook meals for my family of 5 (eek!) as well as fitness routines I can do at home!

  24. I have been wanting this cookbook so bad! I would like to shift my diet to a more paleo approach and I think this would be the perfect resource

  25. Cookbooks are my favorite books! I love to read through them and mark all the must make recipes. I would love to add another one to my shelf!

  26. I would love to try her new cookbook. My husband and I are going to start eating using Paleo principles and would love a cookbook to help at the beginning. 🙂

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