Tuesday, April 26, 2011

#290_Easy Creamy Chicken Casserole

Creamy Chicken with Broccoli

My niece, who recently became interested in cooking
requested that I post some chicken recipes.
So here it is... I'm posting an old family recipe here
which is very simple
and easy to make even with a beginner cook.
My American family enjoys this dish
over mashed potatoes as well as over white rice.

This dish is similar to the
Swedish Meatball Casserole recipe,
click here.

The chicken pieces after marinating them overnight....
I don't remember how many pounds of chicken
I made on this occasion,
but it is a bigger than the recipe I'm posting here.

The chicken pieces coated with Panko crumbs

Here's the recipe:
4 chicken breasts

1/4 cup bread crumbs
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese

1 tsp. seasoned salt or garlic salt
1 tsp. Mrs Dash seasoning
Freshly cracked black pepper

1) Clean and rinse chicken and pat dry with paper towel. Slice them into pieces (I like to cut mine into big chunks) and put them in a bowl.
2) Drizzle some cooking oil on the chicken.
3) Combine seasoned salt, Mrs Dash and black pepper and sprinkle on the chicken pieces.
4) Cover bowl and refrigerate for few hours or overnight.
5) Mix bread crumbs and the Parmesan cheese and coat chicken pieces with this mixture.
6) Arrange chicken in a deep dish or deep pan. (
use a pan that is at least 2 inches high to avoid the gravy/sauce from overflowing).
7) Bake in a pre-heated 375 degrees oven for about 25 minutes. While chicken is baking,
make the Cream Sauce:

1 can Cream of Chicken
1/2 pint sour cream
3 cans broth or milk or water
salt, optional
Mix all ingredients.
(Note:Salt is optional...there's already too much salt in the cream soup and Parmesan cheese)
8) Take the chicken out of the oven and pour the sauce over it.
9) Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees then put back the chicken to bake for about 1 hour or until the chicken are fork tender.
Serve hot over rice or mashed potatoes.

Adding broccoli in this recipe is optional, but a very delicious idea.

I don't particularly want to bake the broccoli with the chicken as they can become over cooked. I like my broccoli nice and crunchy.
If you want to add in some broccoli, the best way is to cook the them separately.

About 1/2 hour before the chicken is done baking, steam the broccoli, then melt some butter in a pot and toss in the steamed broccoli. Before serving, either mound the steamed broccoli on the chicken or stir them in with the chicken.


Notes from MaMely: If using the Panko flakes, you need more broth or water in the dish. Panko flakes absorb a lot of liquid, therefore you'll have a thick sauce or gravy. Also easy on the Parmesan cheese because it contains a lot of salt.

Some of the ingredients used in this recipe

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