CHICKEN AND STUFFING CASSEROLE



This Chicken and Stuffing Casserole is pure, cool-weather comfort food! It’s easy to prepare, it can be made ahead (and frozen), and it appeals to even the pickiest palates.

Happy Friday, folks! Even though we have had some very hot weather in Virginia this week, my mind is jumping ahead to the more temperate fall months.

Chicken and Stuffing Casserole is one of those recipes that just takes me back to my mom’s kitchen table. The smell alone can transport me to my childhood home, and I love that my own kids have now learned to enjoy the meal, too!

This recipe, however, doesn’t actually come from my own mom. Instead, my mother-in-law’s friend Lois gave me this Chicken and Stuffing Casserole recipe at my bridal shower many years ago. The note that she wrote on the bottom of the recipe card says, “I have been making this for 35 years!”

Ingredients:

1 lb. boneless/skinless chicken breasts, pounded to even thickness and cut into 1″ cubes, or 1 lb. shredded cooked chicken
2 Tablespoons butter
2 cloves garlic, chopped
2 Tablespoons flour
1 cup warm chicken broth
1/2 cup warm milk
8 oz. Sour Cream
1-2 cups thawed frozen vegetables of choice
1/2 cup shredded cheese. I use cheddar but Swiss would be amazing if my husband liked it!
2 cups stale bread cubes
2 teaspoons desired herbs (such as parsley, sage and thyme)

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and prepare a casserole dish with cooking spray.
In a medium saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Add in garlic and cook until fragrant. Stir in flour and cook until slightly golden brown. Slowly whisk in milk and 1/2 cup broth. Simmer until it reaches a light boil and begins to thicken a bit. Stir in sour cream, chicken, vegetables and cheese. Add mixture to prepared casserole dish.
In a separate bowl, combine bread cubes, remaining broth (should be 1/2 cup) and seasonings as desired. Place on top of casserole mixture.
Bake uncovered for 30-45 minutes until chicken is cooked through (if using raw chicken), or until heated through and bubbling if using cooked chicken.

Quick Tip: Sprinkle some cheese on top.




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