Buffalo Chicken Casserole is a flavorful, simple meal made with chicken, potatoes, bacon, and cheese that is perfectly seasoned with classic buffalo flavor.
While this Buffalo Chicken Potato Casserole is hearty enough to stand alone as a meal, I love to pair it with Instant Pot Green Beans or a side salad. And whatever you do, don't forget the ranch dressing! It is the perfect complement to this slightly spicy casserole.
Not many things beat the flavor of buffalo chicken.
From Buffalo Chicken Pizza to Buffalo Chicken Tacos to Buffalo Chicken Salad, to this Buffalo Chicken Potatoe Casserole, I LOVE the flavor that buffalo sauce imparts to chicken.
Tender potatoes, juicy chicken, sharp cheese, and salty bacon are tossed in a combination of seasonings and hot sauce to flavor each bite with the classic notes of Buffalo sauce. This chicken and potato casserole is hearty, flavorful, and delicious!
Not to mention it is extremely easy to make and budget-friendly to boot.
Notes on Ingredients
- Chicken: Use boneless, skinless chicken breasts, thighs, or tenders.
- Potatoes: Any variety of starchy potatoes work well, such as red potatoes, russet potatoes, or Yukon Gold potatoes.
- Hot Sauce: I recommend Frank's Red Hot Sauce for the optimum flavor, but any generic brand of cayenne hot sauce works.
- Cheese: Sharp cheddar is my preferred cheese in this easy Buffalo Chicken Bake, but mozzarella, Colby, or provolone all work. Remember freshly shredded cheese will melt best.
How to Make Buffalo Chicken Casserole
- Mix together the potatoes with oil and seasonings in a large bowl.
- Pour potatoes into a large casserole dish and spread them out into an even layer so that potatoes can get crispy, and not steam while they bake. Set mixing bowl aside to use for the chicken.
- Bake the potatoes until just fork-tender at 400 degrees Fahrenheit. This allows these potatoes to get crispy, like roasted red potatoes.
- While the potatoes are baking, add the cubed chicken to the same dish you mixed the potatoes with the seasonings. Add additional spices and hot sauce and toss to coat, incorporating any leftover spices from the potatoes into the chicken.
- Remove the partially baked potatoes from the oven and layer the chicken onto the potatoes.
- Sprinkle the dish evenly with bacon and cheese.
- Return to the oven for 15 minutes to cook the chicken and bacon and melt the cheese.
- Serve with blue cheese or homemade ranch dressing.
Speed It Up
While this casserole is not difficult to prepare from start to finish, it is also a great way to use up leftovers AND speed up the process of cooking dinner.
- Using Leftover Roasted Red Potatoes: If you have leftover roasted red potatoes on hand, you can simply toss them with hot sauce, garlic powder, chili powder, onion powder, and a pinch of salt. Skip the step of pre-roasting them. The leftover potatoes should heat up in the time it takes for the chicken to cook.
- Using Leftover Cooked Bacon: If you happen to have leftover baked bacon, simply crumble it up and sprinkle it over the chicken when you add the cheese. It will get super crispy and be perfect!
- Using Leftover Rotisserie Chicken: In place of using raw, cubed chicken, you can toss cooked shredded chicken with the seasonings as directed. Decrease the baking time from 15 minutes to 10 minutes.
Allow the leftover Buffalo Chicken Casserole to cool to room temperature and then transfer it into an airtight container and store it in the refrigerator for 3 days. To reheat, place leftovers onto a sheet pan and broil until warm or microwave individual servings for 45 seconds to 1 minute. I don't recommend freezing leftovers, as the texture of the potatoes will change.
I would classify this dish as mild-medium spice level. To keep the spice level lower, cut the amount of hot sauce in half. Alternatively, omit the hot sauce and use BBQ sauce instead for a delicious, mild BBQ chicken and potato casserole.
The bacon will cook through, and the fat from the bacon will render into the chicken, adding flavor and keeping the chicken super moist. But the bacon does not get super crispy. If you like really crispy bacon, par-bake the bacon until just cooked before adding the casserole (I recommend doing this while the potatoes bake). Then chop up the bacon and add it to the casserole as directed. The result will be crispy bacon.
No! While the bacon adds flavor to this dish, feel free to omit it.
More Buffalo Chicken Recipes
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Buffalo Chicken Casserole
- 6 medium/large russet potatoes cut into 1 inch chunks
- 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts cubed
- 1 tablespoon canola oil
- 2 tablespoon Frank's Red Hot Sauce
- 1 tablespoon garlic powder
- 2 teaspoons onion powder
- 2 teaspoons chili powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 6 slices bacon cut into thin strips
- 2 cups cheddar cheese shredded
- ¼ cup chives, for serving optional
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
- In a large mixing bowl, mix the potatoes together with oil, 1 tablespoon hot sauce, garlic powder, chili powder, onion powder, and salt.
- Scoop the potatoes from the bowl, leaving behind excess seasoning in the bowl, and spread the potatoes out evenly in a 9x13 pan. Bake for 45 minutes, flipping the potatoes once half-way through cooking.
- In the meantime, place the cubed chicken into the mixing bowl with the remaining seasoning from the potatoes. Add in the remaining tablespoon of hot sauce and toss to coat.
- Once the potatoes have baked, remove them from the oven and turn the oven temperature down to 400 degrees. Top the potatoes with chicken, cheese, and bacon, and return to the oven for 15 minutes.
- Serve with ranch dressing and chopped chives if desired.
This post was originally published in 2015 but was updated in 2021 with new pictures and a new video.
Great dinner -- made it for the first time. Thanks for sending weekly meal plans.
I liked bacon drippings (is it allowed to say bacon fat?) in this, but I detest eating bacon that is not crispy. My solution was to put uncooked bacon on the cheese, remove it when dinner was done, air-fry the bacon into crispy-dom, and add it back to the cheese just before serving. Problem solved 🙂
I am so happy you enjoyed Dave! And thank you for sharing how you ensured the bacon was super crispy!