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Hunter'sChicken and Chips

By Mariealicerayner @MarieRynr
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These last couple of days before Christmas (it's coming up on us quickly now!) are bound to be a bit manic and filled with more things to do than you can shakea stick at. Quick and easy meals are the order of the day.  Delicious throw togethers such as this Hunter's Chicken and Chips which I am showing you today.   I threw it together today with stuff I had in my freezer and fridge and it was absolutely fabulous!  And so simple as well!
Hunter'sChicken and Chips
There are basically only four steps to follow which are as simple as throwing some frozen oven chips into the oven to bake and cooking some frozen chicken chunks while the chips are baking. You dress the shredded cooked chicken with barbeque sauce.  Then you layer them in a casserole dish with some cheese and salad dressing and then top with some bacon bits and crispy onions.
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 Simple.  Delicious.  Quick and easy.  Your family will love it!
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It's also quite economical.  I often buy bags of frozen french fries when they are on special and keep a couple of bags in the freezer.  I also like to keep bags of frozen chicken chunks.  These are just the right size for four people, and cook quickly from frozen.  Plus where I shop they only cost £2 for a bag, which is a winner/winner chicken dinner!  (sorry for the pun!)
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Hunters Chicken is a very popular dish over here and the shops are full of ready meal Hunter's Chicken dishes . . .  which are basically two chicken breasts in a foil tin, with some cheese and a slice of bacon scattered over top and a sachet of BBQ Sauce on the side.
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 And while they are not the most expensive entrees . . .  they aren't the tastiest either.  I guarantee if you try this dish I am showing you today , you will find it waaaaay more tasty, and you will know exactly what went into it.   Sure 'nuff.  All you need is a vegetable and a salad on the side and dinner is served!
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*Hunter's Chicken and Chips*Serves 4Printable Recipe 
A delicious casserole which doesn't take much effort to make and is quite economical and quick to put together.  All you need on the side is a vegetable and a salad.  If you use low fat ingredients, you can keep the calories down a fair bit.  this is great for on busy days when you want to put something delicious on the table for the family with not much effort, that will still feel and taste like something special 
1 four serving size bag of frozen oven bake chips (french fries)1 400g bag of frozen uncooked chicken chunks (about 1 pound)60ml of chicken stock (1/4 cup)1/2 tsp garlic powder1 tsp Montreal Steak spice120ml of barbeque sauce (1/2 cup)120ml of either ranch or blue cheese salad dressing, loosened with a bit of milk (1/2 cup)240g of grated four cheese blend (2 cups)2 TBS bacon bits2 TBS crispy salad onions (like the Durkee ones)  
 photo DSCN4575_zpslx8zbcmn.jpgPreheat the oven and cook the oven chips according to the package directions.   While the chips are cooking do the chicken.  Add the chicken chunks to a skillet along with the chicken stock, garlic powder and Montreal Steak Spice.   Bring to the boil, then reduce to a simmer, cover and cook until the chicken is cooked through and the juices run clear.  Shred with two forks and stir in the Barbeque sauce. 
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 Remove the chips from the oven and put them into a gratin dish.  Leave the oven on.  Top the chips with half of the cheese.  Spread the chicken over top of the cheese.  Drizzle with the salad dressing.  Top with the remaining cheese and sprinkle the bacon bits and crispy salad onions over top.  Return to the heated oven and bake for a further 8 to 10 minutes to melt the cheese and heat through.  Serve immediately.
Note - you could also use leftover cooked chicken or turkey in this.

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