Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Chicken Casserole

Recently it was my turn to make dinner. It seems like it's always my turn! 

I knew I wanted to do something easy so after some searching I came across this recipe from Taste of Home for a chicken casserole. 

It seemed simple and quick and required very few ingredients. I was sold. 

Green Pepper
Red Pepper
Ro-Tel Tomatoes + Chilies
Cream of Celery
Cream of Chicken

Using my handy-dandy Ninja I finely chopped all the veggies. 

I began cooking the veggies including the garlic. 

The recipe called for 3 cups of cooked chicken. Recipes that call for cooked chicken or pre-cut vegetables etc., really drive me crazy. I don't have pre-cut vegetables lying around. But this time around I did cook the chicken in advance, and I have to say it was nice to be prepared. I know I probably will never do that again - but it worked well. 

Next I added the two cans of soup and mixed it together. 

Lastly, I added the Ro-Tel. 

The recipe calls for 'strips' of tortillas to line the bottom of a casserole dish. 

I covered the strips with half of the chicken/veggie mixture. 

This part could be omitted to make for a healthier dish - but I then sprinkled lots of cheddar cheese atop the mixture. 

I created those same layers again - using up all of the mixture. 

Have I told you before how much I love cheese?

This chicken casserole was baked at 350° for a little over 30 minutes. 

It was a little runny but really tasty! After the first few bites GB looked at me and told me this dish needs to be added to the rotation. Well done Smash! 

I have a confession to make. Even though it was my turn to make dinner two nights in a row - I made GB eat casserole leftovers on the second night. Little did I know he took leftovers to lunch at work that day too! Poor guy had the same meal 3 times in a row. That made me feel a little crummy. Typically, I come home to delicious homemade meal 5 out of 7 days a week. I'm a lucky lady to have such a great guy to do that for me - I think I need to step up my game to do the same for him. 

Let me know if you try this dish! I'd love to hear what you think about it! 

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