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Cheesy Chicken & Bacon Alfredo Casserole (plus little updates!)

Cheesy Chicken and Bacon Casserole

with Alfredo Sauce

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My fiancé and I used to frequent a restaurant in town that has tons of menu choices, but I always had their Chicken & Bacon Alfredo pasta. I am not even a huge pasta fan, but this was the perfect comfort food and had a few of my favorite things!

When we recently visited, of course my menu decision changed but I got to thinking, the only really “bad” thing in the dish was the pasta. The chicken, bacon, and even the sauce (when prepared thoughtfully) were all carb-friendly! This inspired me to make a casserole that has all the best things about comfort food–except the starch–and I will tell you from the bottom of my heart, I did not miss the pasta at all!

No matter the way of eating, this is something any Alfredo lover will enjoy!IMG_1572IMG_1574FullSizeRender 138IMG_1584IMG_1586IMG_1590FullSizeRender 136

My portions are for an 8×8 dish. If using a 9×13 or something larger, you will want to adjust your portions listed below.

Recipe:

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  • 2 lbs skinless bone in chicken breasts (**adjust accordingly) Note: It is okay if your chicken has skin, it will come right off if you slow cook it (unless you want to keep it!)
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups shredded jack cheese
  • 1/2 cup cooked bacon bits
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1.5 cup shredded parmasean cheese
  • 1-2 cups finely ground pork rinds (optional)
  1. Cook your chicken breasts. I put mine in the crock pot on low all day (high for first 30 minutes, then low for about 8 hours) but you can also boil — typically 30 minutes or until thermometer reads 165F (These methods make for a more tender chicken that shreds easily!) I added a little olive oil and salt and pepper.
  2. Over medium-low heat, whisk heavy whipping cream and shredded parmesan until cheese is melted, bring just to a simmer;  whisk constantly 2-3 minutes or until cheese is fully melted and integrated, adding salt and pepper as desired (I like to add a little nutmeg to mine)
  3. In a casserole dish, start with a light layer of sauce, followed by cheddar/jack mixture, and finally a layer of chicken and bacon bits. Lightly pour a little Alfredo sauce over the top. Repeat your cheese, chicken, bacon, and sauce layers until you reach the top, ending with cheese on top layer and remaining Alfredo sauce drizzled over the top of everything. If desired, sprinkle a light layer of ground pork rinds over the top–they stay crunchy!
  4. Place in 375F oven for about 20-25 minutes, or until cheese melts and is hot all the way through.
  5. Let sit for 5-10 minutes and enjoy!

**all portions can be easily adjusted depending on the size of your casserole. 

Note: The Alfredo does not sit well for extended periods of time, I recommend making it right before you are ready to layer!

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This was exactly what I needed to satisfy my love for comfort food. And by the way, I am cooking everything in the crock pot from now on …oh my goodness it is amazing, why haven’t I realized this until now?!


Little Updates…

Just a couple of things that have been going on with me, not sure if they were monumental enough for an entire post of their own so I stuck them in here!

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I am just so excited about this, I had to share! I am like a kid in a candy store. I started my garden with this Burpee 16 cell starter kit that claims to be self watering — and it really is! My seeds have grown into lovely little plants in the past several weeks, and although I am probably a little late I have finally transferred my vegetables to a planter box that my stepdad so kindly made for me. I picked up some soil from Lowe’s and a watering can..and I’m set! Gardening is completely new to me but I must admit I am proud of my little garden. If any of you have tips I appreciate all that I can get!

And…I got the job! This has been a crazy month with all of the interviews, background checks, traveling back and forth an hour each way — but it was all worth it. This is an entry level position with a loan company. It pays more than I have ever made, but most importantly it is with an amazing team of people. My wonderful aunt recommended me to my new boss. I am so grateful. Plus, promotions every couple of years!

This new job is the main reason I have been M.I.A. lately, but with things finally coming together and myself getting settled into this job and lifestyle, I intend to get back on track with my recipes and fitness updates.

P.S. I lost 10 pounds! I can’t wait to start sharing my progress pictures and weigh-ins again. Thank you so much to everyone who has supported me and been understanding of this enormous transition in my life!

Thanks for reading!

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7 thoughts on “Cheesy Chicken & Bacon Alfredo Casserole (plus little updates!)

  1. First of all another yummy recipe! I thought I was the only one in the world who didn’t care for pasta haha, glad I’m not.

    I made my own herb garden a while back with an old pallet and some empty milk jugs, it was a great feeling becoming a bit more self sufficient.

    Congratulations on the new job! I felt eh same way when I got the job I have now. It is an exciting time! 😀

    Through it all you were able to stay on track with your healthy lifestyle, that’s amazing. I have been eating like crap since the baby came, yet I haven’t gained anything back yet. (Fingers Crossed)

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    1. Thank you!!
      That is great, it’s such an exciting feeling to go outside and see my little plants starting to grow! It would be awesome to have some veggies of my very own 🙂
      And thank you so much, yes such a relief to have a stable job. And don’t sweat the eating, I’m sure with all the running around for your wife and baby you will burn any extra calories lol 😝

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