Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Recipe: Cheesy Chicken + Wild Rice Casserole

I finally made one of the recipes from my overflowing Culinary Schemes board on Pinterest.  I have been making an effort to actually "use," in some way, the many, many Pins I attach each week.  This recipe from Picky Palate, turned out quite tasty, so here it is for you to try along with some notes about changes I made.  I think it's super easy + pretty kid friendly.  Dominic didn't even notice the onions, which is usually one of the first things he pulls out of his food no matter how tiny I dice/chop them.  I also served half of it for dinner, while freezing the other half for post-baby, so we'll see how it fares as a freezer meal.

3 TB olive oil
1 medium onion, finely diced
3 stalks celery, finely diced
3 carrots, peeled and diced
2 TB fresh minced garlic
2 cups shredded, cooked chicken breast
2 cups steamed white rice
2 cups prepared wild rice
1 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1/4 tsp. garlic salt

Cheese Sauce
4 TB butter
1/4 cup all purpose flour
1/4 tsp. kosher salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
2 cups chicken broth
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

Top with 1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Heat oil in medium dutch oven/pot over medium heat. Saute onion, celery, and carrots until softened, about 10 minutes.  Stir in garlic, and cook for 1 minute.  Stir in chicken, rices, salt, pepper, and other spices.  Reduce heat to low.

2. To prepare cheese sauce, melt butter into a medium saucepan over medium high heat.  Whisk in flour, salt, and pepper; then slowly pour in chicken broth whisking continuously.  Whisk until thick and nearly boiling then stir in cheese until melted.  Pour cheese sauce into rice mixture, and then transfer to a 9 x 13 inch baking dish.  Top with additional cheddar cheese and bake for 25-30 minutes or until cheese is melted through.  Serve.

Makes 8-10 servings. 

Notes: I omitted the celery, suggest adding broccoli (already cooked), and also thyme, savory, parsley, celery salt, and a dash of rosemary.  It turned out great though, and all who ate it, enjoyed it.

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