Leftovers. I know. It’s Christmas Day. You’re going to have left-over turkey, or beef, or even pork. Or later in the year, you’ll have left-over chicken, but not enough for everyone. What to do? Chop it up and mix it into a casserole. That way one chicken leg and thigh quarter will feed four instead of just one or two!
Mid-December I roasted four leg and thigh quarters because I was expecting company. They had to cancel at the last minute, so that meant I had leftover chicken. Not a problem. Hubby polished off some in his salad the next day. Then he asked if I’d make chicken noodle casserole. I was good with that.
So, here’s how you do it.
2 quart sauce pan
2 quart casserole dish, lightly coated bottom and sides with olive oil
2 Cups of left-over chicken
1/2 pound of pasta (I use gluten free)
2 Cans of Progresso Gluten Free Cream of Mushroom Soup
1/2 – 1 cup chopped Celery
1/2 cup chopped onion
Tablespoon dried sage
1/2 tsp dried garlic powder
1/2 tsp salt
Fresh ground pepper
Optional: Instead of the canned soup, use 4 cups of white sauce, seasoned to taste.
Bring water in the saucepan to a boil. Add the pasta. Cook only half-way, about 7 minutes (for my pasta), then drain and rinse.
Set oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
After you drain the pasta, in the same saucepan melt 2 T of butter and sauté the onion and celery until they begin to soften. Add the salt, pepper, and herbs. Add the canned soup (or the white sauce).
Note: I only had one can of the soup so I used a cup of milk (lactose free for the hubby) and a couple of tablespoons of corn starch to make a slurry. I added that to the onion/celery mix first and let it begin to thicken, then added the soup. Add the chicken.
Put the pasta in the oiled casserole dish. Pour the saucepan mix over it and mix well. Add more milk or water if you think you need more sauce.
Put into the heated oven for half an hour. Remove the lid and cook another 15 minutes to get those lovely brown crunchy bits on top. Remove from oven and serve. Makes 4 servings.
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