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Thursday, 20 January 2011

Chicken Casserole



I was all prepared to show you a rather tasty omelet that I prepared for our tea tonight, but somehow, I ended up deleting all but one, not so tasty looking, photo from my camera when I was downloading them to my computer! Frustrating, but true.



It was such a delicious omelet too. Fried bread and cheese and chopped spring onions, which I served along with a tasty avocado and greens salad. Sigh . . . You'll just have to take my word for it and know that it was very good. I'll have to make it again and take some more pictures another time. I know, it's a hard job, but someone has to do it! (rather tasty job too!)



Instead here today you will find a delicious Chicken Casserole that I cooked for us the other night. Not only is it a complete dawdle to make, but it makes an excellent use for leftover cooked chicken. (Thank goodness I always keep a few things in reserve for just such a moment!)



It also uses very simple ingredients that most of us usually have on hand. Make sure you use baked croutons. Fried ones would be too greasy. You could also use broken crackers, stuffing crumbs, or leftover cooked plain pasta just so long as you keep the proportions the same.



You can also vary it by adding some chopped peppers along with the celery for even more colour as well as some sauteed mushrooms. This is great for making ahead of time. Just cover and store in the refrigerator, bringing it to room temperature before baking.



*Chicken Casserole*
Serves 6
Printable Recipe

This was surprisingly yummy, and made good use of my leftover chicken from the other day and a few bits and bobs from the cupboard.

4 cups chopped cooked chicken
2 cups baked croutons
12 ounces shredded strong cheddar cheese
2/3 cup of good quality mayonnaise
4 ounces milk
4 stalks celery, sliced
1/2 a small onion, peeled and chopped fine



Preheat the oven to 180*C/350*F/ gas mark 4. Butter a 2 litre casserole dish. Set aside.

Place all of the ingredients in a bowl and give them a good mix together. Spoon into the prepared casserole. Bake for 40 minutes, or until bubbling, heated through and beginning to brown on top. Serve with a nice salad on the side.

Note - You may add 1/4 cup chopped toasted almonds or walnuts if you wish.

12 comments:

Lisa said...

This looks so yummy. My family used to make something almost exactly like this and it was really good.

Jan said...

Looks yum! Shame about the omelet pictures Marie x

Jenny Schouten Short said...

It's good I can take you and your blog to Texas with me next week where I'll need some recipes for sure. This looks like a good one. We fly on Monday. xxoo

Chele said...

This sounds lovely, chicken casserole looks so comforting. A shame you lost your photos for the omelet but rest assured that you are not the only blogger who delets photos by mistake!

Kitchen Stools Direct said...

That looks yummy! Definitely something I will have to try as we always have leftover chicken. I will be keeping an eye out for pics on your next omelette. Can't tell you how many times I've deleted pics I didn't want to on my camera so I feel for you!

Angie said...

Hard luck about those photos! I always think one of the least photogenic foods is a plate of good old fish and chips. The camera (any camera, even a TV camera) just never seems to capture the crispy lightness of the batter nor the golden fluffiness of the chips. I bet YOU could do it,

xxxx

The Food Hound said...

This looks SO comforting and SO delicious! I bet you could also used mashed potatoes instead of the croutons! You should love that as the self-appointed potato queen :) I'll look for the omelet recipe!

A Vintage Chic said...

Oh, yummy scrummy! Sounds like the leftoever ham casserole I came up with the other night. What is it about casseroles that's just so comforting?!

Sorry about all your pictures for the omelet--so frustrating! That's happened to me before, too...oh, well!

LOVE the looks of that Lemon Swiss Roll, too, Marie--wow! Why can't I just pop on over & visit every day and sample these wonderful things? What fun that would be!

Wishing you a beautiful day & sending you oh, so many warm hugs and loving thoughts, dear friend...

Julie

Rita said...

I mde this a few years ago and have been looking for this recipe;thanks for posting; I printed it out and will make it next week.

Sandra said...

THAT looks really good, I love casseroles and this one would surely be a hit :)

Kay said...

This is really good! The croutons give it the crunch that would be missing if using pasta or other soft fillers. I used the seasoned one.

Marie said...

So glad you enjoyed this Kay! Thanks for taking the time to let us know! xx