I wanted to make this pulled chicken recipe from Food Network, it sounded like a fun take on pulled pork and it had great reviews. I poached the chicken, which took quite awhile. Then I made the barbecue sauce, which had an unusual list of ingredients, from maple syrup to bourbon. I tasted the barbecue sauce (thank goodness!) before I put the dish together and it tasted awful! This was not going to work. So I threw out the sauce but then I was left with all this beautifully poached chicken! I frantically searched the internet with hope of finding a recipe that included 4 cups of chicken and came up with one from Southern Living. I didn’t like quite a few of the ingredients (crackers, pecans, totellini) but the sauce for the casserole sounded really good so I gave it a try. Surprisingly, to me anyway, (I had never hacked a recipe so severely as this one) it turned out really good!
Chicken Casserole (somewhat adapted from Southern Living)
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 cup diced onion
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 cup flour
3 cups chicken broth (I like Swanson Chicken Broth, 99% fat free)
1-1/2 cups half-and-half
1/2 cup dry white wine
6 ounces shredded Parmesan cheese (I like Stella Parmesan Cheese)
1/4 teaspoon salt
pinch red pepper
8 ounces Penne
2 cups frozen petite peas (I like Birds Eye Baby Sweet Peas)
4 cups chopped or shredded chicken
1 cup dried bread crumbs (homemade)
2 tablespoons butter
Bring a large pot of water to a boil and cook Penne according to package directions. Drain pasta in colander and set aside.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 13 x 9 inch glass baking dish with canola spray.
Using the same pot that cooked the Penne, place pot over medium heat and add butter and olive oil. When butter has melted, add onion and garlic and saute for 5 to 6 minutes until tender.
Add flour, stirring until smooth. Cook, stirring constantly for 1 minute. Whisk in broth, half-and-half and white wine. Cook for approximately 20 minutes until slightly thickened.
Remove from heat and add cheese, salt and red pepper, stirring until cheese melts. Add Penne, peas and chicken and stir until combined. Spoon into baking dish.
In a small fry pan over medium heat, melt the 2 tablespoons of butter, add breadcrumbs and stir until combined. Cook, stirring constantly, until slightly toasted and fragrant, about 5 minutes. Sprinkle over the top of the casserole.
Put casserole in oven and bake for 20 minutes. Let rest for 5 minutes before serving.
cooking onion and garlic:
sauce ingredients: flour, chicken broth, wine, 1/2 & 1/2:
add flour and cook:
add rest of sauce ingredients and cook until slightly thickened:
cheese, salt and red pepper:
Add chicken, peas and penne and stir to combine:
spoon mixture into casserole:
casserole ready for oven:
after 20 minutes:
ready to eat!