Sunday, May 6, 2012

Chicken w/Stuffing Casserole

Stuffing.  Not homemade stuffing, none of that stuff with oysters that my mom insists on making...but.  Stuffing straight from the box kids!  No meat, no apples, raisins, cranberries or other disgustingness.  No sausage or bacon either.  I only doctor it up with some sauteed carrots, celery and onions, sometimes.  I can taste it right now!

This recipe is a great use up, which is how it came to be.  I am trying to USE UP some stuff in the cupboards, and freezer and not let anything go to waste!  I had some chicken left from General Tso's chicken, and some herb stuffing mix leftover from only God knows when!  I needed to use up some veg in the fridge and I had some chicken stock in the freezer I wanted to use up.  I also am usually firmly against casseroles, however, I want to give some mom's and dad's recipes that are quick, and easy!  When the natives get hungry, we must deliver, quickly!

Here is what you will need:

4 cups of chicken (cooked and cubed)
1 1/4 cup chicken broth/stock
1/3 cup carrots chopped
1/4 cup celery chopped fine
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 can cream of mushroom soup
4 cups stuffing mix or 2 boxes of boxed stuffing
1/4 cup butter melted
1/4 tsp poultry seasoning
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 cup carrots, peas, green beans (optional)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  
In a medium pot, saute carrots and celery in 1 tbsp butter until soft. Pour in chicken, cream soups, salt and pepper.  Mix thoroughly.  Add optional veggies at this time. 

Pour into a sprayed or buttered casserole dish of adequate size for your mixture.  I used a 9x9 baking dish. 

In the same pot as you mixed your filling in,  pour in stuffing mix, chicken stock, poultry seasoning, salt and pepper.  Mix until stuffing mix is moist and top chicken mixture with it.  Even it out and drizzle melted butter all over the top.  This is for flavor and to make the stuffing get that great crunchy bite! Bake for 30-35 minutes.  

I hope you enjoy this easy, tasty little casserole!  Serve it with a salad and call it dinner!!  I did!

Your "stuffing is more than just stuffing" chefwannabe