I love this recipe, and not because I’m Russian and I love potatoes! It really just is such a tasty dish and so super easy to make!
The preparation time, all and all, does take a little long (you bake the potatoes twice) but I can assure you it is all very worth the time and effort!
Did you just read that the potatoes are baked twice?? Yep, almost back to back baked potatoes, the first session of baking is to soften the potatoes so you can easily scoop the inside out as you will be needing it later on for the filling.
4 pieces of cooked chicken
4 – 6 medium sized potatoes
3 tbsp softened butter (margarine)
3/4 cup of sour cream
6 tbsp of milk
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 tsp crushed garlic
1/2 tsp dried dill
1 cup cooked broccoli, chopped
1 cup gouda or cheddar cheese, grated
1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees (C). Grease the pan with oil and set aside.
2. Cut the potatoes in half along the length. Place them into the pan and bake them for 45-60min, or until the potatoes are soft.
3. During this time, if you haven’t yet, you can boil the chicken in a pot until it is ready, as well as the broccoli in the last few minutes before taking the potatoes out of the oven.
4. Once the chicken is cool enough to handle, shred it into tiny pieces and make sure to leave out any bones.
5. Take the potatoes out; once they are cool enough to handle, use a spoon to scoop out the inside of the potatoes, being very careful not to tear the skin of the potatoes. Rub a little olive oil on the sides of the potato, place them back into the pan and set aside.
6. Add the butter and milk to the potato pulp and mash until fairly smooth; add the sour cream, salt, pepper, crushed garlic, dill, broccoli, 3/4 cup cheese and chicken and mix well.
7. Divide the filling evenly into the potato shells and top with the remaining cheese. Bake for 20-25min or until the cheese has melted and the potatoes are heated through. Serve at once.
*Alternatives and Notes*
-You can use any part of the chicken but I prefer using the thighs as there is more meat to use.
– Instead of sour cream, you can use Greek Yogurt.
– If you prefer creamy and puffy mash, add more butter(margarine) and milk to your liking.
Let me know if you decide to try this recipe and what your thoughts are on this yummy comfort food!
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