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Chicken Mashed Potatoes

Updated on December 26, 2012

Chicken Mashed Potatoes

I discovered this recipe while watching my grandmother prepare dinner.
I discovered this recipe while watching my grandmother prepare dinner. | Source

Perfect Side Dish to Chicken Dinners

Make Perfect Mashed Potatoes

Realistically, it's not that often mashed potatoes receive compliments at the dinner table. Unless you already have an awesome recipe for your perfect mashed potatoes, here's a little secret of mine you might be able to add to yours.

I discovered this secret when watching my grandmother preparing dinner. My grandmother is from "the old country", so maybe this an old European secret to making perfect mashed potatoes, who knows? I noticed she kept the water she used to boil the chicken in. When she gave the chicken to my grandfather (who was out BBQing), she immediately placed the potatoes in the same water.

The Real Secret to making perfect Mashed Potatoes

The real secret to making perfect mashed potatoes is the amount of milk, butter and sour cream you add to the mashed potatoes. You can even ruin the mashed potatoes by over doing it with the pepper if you're being too careless.

I remember my grandfather saving at least a cup of the water the potatoes were boiling in for his secret BBQ sauce recipe. Hew was never "big" on those huge BBQ grills. He always prefered to cook on the smaller grills, similiar to the Coleman RoadTrip Sport Charcoal Grill, but maybe a little bigger.

*Special Note*: It be smart to have a strainer waiting for you in the sink before you carry a boiling pot of chicken water. Also, have the tongs nearby so you will be able to quickly remove the chicken from the boiling chicken water before placing the pot back on the stove.


  1. Wash potatoes, leaving the potato skin on, cut potatoes into one inch pieces (enough to fill the pot you boiled your chicken properly)
  2. When boiling the chicken, watch the water level. IMPORTANT - Add water as needed when chicken is boiling, never after.
  3. TURN OFF FLAME & SAFELY REMOVE POT OF BOILING CHICKEN AND CARRY TO SINK. Using tongs to quickly remove chicken into waiting strainer and returning pot back to stove
  4. Carefully place potato pieces into pot of water that chicken was just boiled in (*secret*). Use spoon to help place pieces into water to prevent splashing and possibly injure yourself
  5. Boil potato pieces until tender. While potato pieces are boiling you may tend to the chicken, or start preparing your secret BBQ sauce, or one of my secret BBQ sauces. In that case - save ONE CUP of the water after the potatoes are done boiling
  6. Use a potato masher and mash these potato pieces into chicken mashed potatoes; the perfect mashed potatoes. Add the milk, butter, pepper & sour cream. CAREFUL - IMPORTANT - (especially with the milk) When adding these ingredients, add very little at a time; add to taste

Cook Time

Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 40 min
Ready in: 1 hour
Yields: Depending on the size of your pot, 6+ people


  • 2.5lbs of potatoes, cut into 1" pieces
  • 1 - 5 heaping TSPs of sour cream, add to taste
  • 2 - 7 TSPs of butter or margarine, add to taste
  • 2 - 6 splashes of milk, add to taste
  • 3 - 10 turns of cracked black pepper, add to taste

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    • James Peters profile imageAUTHOR

      James Timothy Peters 

      6 years ago from Hammond, Indiana

      Thank you so much or the comment. "Over mash...?" That's funny...but wait, can you?

      Thanks again!

    • SommerDalton profile image

      Sommer Dalton 

      6 years ago

      I always over mash or something lol mine never turn out good. Will try your recipe! Voted up and more!

    • James Peters profile imageAUTHOR

      James Timothy Peters 

      6 years ago from Hammond, Indiana

      Grandmas are mysterious. There's a reason for everything they do. Thank you for the compliment!

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      6 years ago from Hawaii

      I agree, chicken stock makes everything better! I'd never thought to boil potatoes in it, though. I'm loving your recipes!


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