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Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Chicken & Artichoke Casserole

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We have a very much beloved Cocker Spaniel in our house.  She has a rather ticky tummy, so I don't give her dog food anymore, it always upsets her stomach.  It's real chicken and rice and vegetables all the way with her and that helps to keep her healthy and when she is feeling well, we are happy too.   I cooked some extra chicken yesterday when I was cooking hers, so that we could have this delicious casserole for our dinner today.  (You don't think I would cook my dog anything I wouldn't eat myself do you???)

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I normally poach her chicken breasts in a bit of stock.   She also has a tendancy to pu ton weight, so the breast is the leanest part of the chicken.   One day when I was talking to my sister I said I was cooking chicken for the dog and hotdogs for us.  She thought there was something wrong with that picture.  I assured her we both love hotdogs!

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This is  a delicious casserole that is so very simple to throw together.  If you have leftover chicken and a few store cupboard ingredients you have the makings of this!  It's simply cooked chicken, some cream cheese, some mayo, sour cream, regular cheese, grilled artichokes, shallots/onions and some seasonings.  

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You just mix it all together and bang it into a dish and bake.  I like to add a bit of cheese and cracker crumbs on top to give it some added crunch and interest.  You could use plain tinned artichoke halves if you wanted to instead of the grilled ones.  Heck you could use a couple tins of green beans drained instead of the artichokes if you wanted to.  It would still taste fabulous!

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I hope you'll give it a go!  I am pretty sure you will enjoy it!  A lot!  Or I'll eat my hat!

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*Chicken and Artichoke Casserole*
Serves 4

Delicious and rich.  A bit decadent.  Save it for a special meal. 

180g pack of cream cheese (4 ounces)
40g of sour cream (1/3 cup)
55g of good quality mayonnaise (1/4 cup)
1 TBS Dijon mustard
1 tsp Worcestershire Sauce
2 shallots, minced
1 tsp dried thyme
1/4 tsp garlic powder
salt and pepper to taste
1 jar of marinated artichoke hearts, drained
3 cooked chicken breasts fillets, shredded
240g of grated cheese (2 cups) divided
(I used a mix of strong cheddar, Jack, mozzarella and edam)
a handful of buttery round crackers, crushed 


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Preheat the oven to 190*C/375*F/ gas mark 5.  Butter a shallow casserole dish.  Set aside.


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Mix all of the remaining ingredients together, reserving about 1.2 cup of the cheese mix.   Spoon into a baking dish.  Mix the reserved cheese with the cracker crumbs and sprinkle evenly over top.  Bake for 25 to 30 minutes until golden brown and bubbling at the edges.   Serve hot with cooked rice.

12 comments:

  1. Oh yum, yum, yum! This is going on next week's menu. I love the combination of artichoke and chicken. Years ago you posted a wonderful recipe for Artichoke Baked Chicken that has become a huge favourite when I entertain (I've given out that link to so many people!) and this sounds just as scrumptious.

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  2. Marie, Artichoke Baked Chicken is still a real favourite in this house. It was my ex boss's husbands favourite dish that I made for him. I think everyone loves it. I hope you enjoy this too! xxoo

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  3. Rats! I almost had all the ingredients in the house for this dish. I don't have the cream cheese. We got snow today and their are delays and closures for tomorrow because the roads are slippery. So, no going out to the store for me. If I'm lucky, I may have a package of cream cheese in the refrigerator in the garage. If so, I will make this for sure. Sounds so yummy! Thanks Marie! xoxo

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  4. Valerie, if you don't have the cream cheese for this one, perhaps you have all the ingredients for my Artichoke Chicken, which is just as good: http://theenglishkitchen.blogspot.co.uk/2012/09/artichoke-chicken-bake.html

    Fingers crossed you can make artichoke chicken something! xoxo

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  5. Oh yes...that's a great one too. Thanks Marie. I do have the ingredients for this one. My lucky family tonight!

    Here's one that got from Relief Society when I was 20 years old. I've been making it ever since.
    It's been doctored up a little too.

    Chicken Broccoli Casserole
    3 Cups cooked Chicken (shredded into pieces)
    2 Small pkgs. broccoli (cooked until very tender but don't overcook)
    2 Cans Cream of Chicken Soup
    1 Cup mayonnaise (I like Best Foods Mayo.)
    1 Tablespoon lemon juice
    Parmesan cheese (a generous amount to cover)
    Italian Seasoned Bread Crumbs
    3 Tablespoons melted butter

    Butter a 13x9 casserole dish. Add broccoli to the bottom then
    layer chicken pieces on top. In another bowl mix, soup, mayo, and
    lemon juice; Pour over chicken; Sprinkle with parmesan cheese (to
    cover surface) and then sprinkle with bread crumbs. Drizzle melted butter over top.
    Bake at 350 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes. Valerie Hanchett

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  6. I have made that casserole too Valerie. My family always loved it. I always added some curry powder, just a smidgen. It went down a real treat! Thanks!! xoxo

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  7. I love artichokes Marie and this casserole loolk delicious Marie:)
    Hugss!!

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  8. This was gorgeous. I was home alone last night so made it just for me.

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  9. Update: It was so yummy Marie. We all enjoyed it very much! Thanks again!

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  10. Ohhh Amy, the ultimate indulgence! So glad you enjoyed!xo

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