June 28, 2007
Chicken Casserole reminds me again of childhood and this is my take on my Mom's classic. It's another one of those ultimate comfort foods! It's also very versatile. Throw in what you like, bake and about 40 minutes later you've got a hearty meal! How comforting is that?
What You'll Need For The Topping:
2 cups of cornmeal
1/2 cup of all purpose flour
1 teaspoon of sea salt
1 teaspoon of baking soda
2 teaspoons of baking powder
1 1/2 - 2 cups of buttermilk (You may need more or less depending on humidity. You are looking for batter consistency.)
Preheat oven to 425 F.
Mix all ingredients and put into a baking dish that has been sprayed with nonstick spray. Bake for 25-30 minutes until golden brown. Let cook and then break into crumbles and set aside.
What You'll Need For the Chicken Casserole:
2 stalks of celery, chopped
1/2 a large onion, chopped
Extra virgin olive oil
4-6 cups of crumbled corn bread (See recipe above)
Freshly ground black pepper
1/2-1 cup of chicken broth (Notes: You are using this to moisten the topping. See the notes below in the recipe itself.)
2-3 cups of cooked chicken breast, chopped (Notes: Use 2 if you use extra mushrooms, 3 if you choose not to)
2 cups of mushrooms sliced
1 can of cream of mushroom soup OR 2 cups of a creamy soup such as this one
1/2 cup of fat free half and half
Sauté celery and onion until just tender. In a large bowl mix cornbread, celery, onion, broth, a pinch of sea salt and some freshly ground black pepper until mixture is moist. Use more or less broth depending on consistency. (Note: You are looking for the constancy of stuffing or dressing.) Set aside.
Preheat oven to 375 F.
Spray a 13 X 9 inch dish with non-stick spray and set aside.
In a large bowl mix together chicken, mushrooms, cream of chicken soup, half and half, a pinch of sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. Once mixed spread mixture into the bottom of the prepared baking dish. Top with stuffing mixture and spread out to cover the chicken mixture entirely.
Bake for 30-45 minute, or until golden brown. Remove from the oven and let sit for 5-10 minutes before serving.
Notes: I sometimes add sage and/or thyme into the topping for a bit of a twist.
Posted by Dianne at June 28, 2007 7:06 AM
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I would absolutely loveeeee to make this dish but im from the UK and theres a few ingredients we don't have over here.. such as: cornmeal, cornbread and half and half.. Is there any alternatives? Thanks
Posted by: Lea at May 12, 2010 11:02 AM
Hi Lea! You could use regular bread, broken up in to big pieces or a stuffing mix in place of the corn bread. You could also use milk or heavy cream for the half and half. Hope this helps!
Posted by: Dianne at May 12, 2010 11:08 AM
Oh this looks absolutely wonderful. I would love to make it.
Posted by: Mary West at June 19, 2010 8:26 PM
It's one of my comfort food favorites! You can make it with turkey instead of chicken as well.
Posted by: Dianne at June 23, 2010 5:02 PM