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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Hearty Chicken and Vegetable Casserole

A hearty casserole with nutritious ingredients is a great way to fuel your family with energy.  Plus this casserole tastes great on a cool autumn day.


When it comes to preparing dinner for my family I like to make casseroles because they will provide my family with a balanced meal and the preparation is in on pan, less mess, easy cleanup. Tonight I am making a chicken casserole that is hearty, filling and tastes great.


Ingredients needed for casserole
  • 3 eight ounce chicken breast filets (pre-cooked)
  • ½ pound egg noodles (pre-cooked)
  • Sea salt, fresh cracked pepper
  • 12-ounce jar of artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
  • 9 ounce frozen chopped spinach, thawed, drained and excess liquid removed.
  • 2 garlic cloves diced
  • 1 cup fresh Italian cheese, I use Kraft natural cheese, five cheese blend; mozzarella, Parmesan, provolone, Asiago and Romano
  • 3 tablespoons fresh parsley minced
  • 1/4 cup Mayonnaise ( I use Kraft olive oil Mayonnaise)
  • ¼ cup low-fat sour cream
  • ½ cup low-fat milk

*** you can substitute chicken with turkey.



Instructions:
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 then lightly grease a 2-quart casserole dish
  2. Dice the chicken breast and put in small mixing bowl
  3. Add the chopped artichoke hearts, spinach, and egg-noodle to the chicken, then mix all ingredients.
  4. Next add the garlic, parsley and ½ cup of the Italian cheeses, salt, and pepper and mix into the chicken and vegetables.
  5. Using a whisk mix mayonnaise, sour cream and milk together in a small bowl. Whisk until smooth. Then add cream sauce to the pasta, chicken, and vegetables and blend all ingredients.
  6. Add the casserole ingredients to the baking dish. Smooth out the top so that the surface is flat. Garnish the casserole remaining Italian cheese.
  7. Put in the oven and bake for 18 minutes.
  8. Remove and let the casserole rest before cutting. I serve this casserole with a side salad and dinner rolls.
Here is another chicken casserole recipe that you may like.