Chicken casserole is a simple and delicious dish for any gathering with friends or family. Plus, chicken is a food that is packed full of nutritional value and is a good addition to any healthy, balanced diet. It’s also high in protein. So, read this article to learn how to prepare a delicious chicken casserole.
You’ll need the ingredients listed below to make the casserole. You can make almost the complete recipe from scratch with the ingredients that are in any kitchen. You can change things around, to make different variations of this dish, such as a chicken pot pie or chicken casserole with white bread.
- Bread crumbs.
- 1 onion (220 g).
- 1 tomato (100 g).
- 5 eggs (300 g).
- 1 apple (220 g).
- Pie dough.
- 1/2 cup of water (120 mL).
- 1 red or green bell pepper (180 g).
- 1 cup of grated cheese (100 g).
- 1/5 cup of butter (30 g).
- 1 cup of heavy cream (240 mL).
- 4 chicken breasts (400 g).
- 1 small can of ham pate (100 g).
- 1/2 cup of diced tomato or tomato paste (120 mL).
- 1 cup of chopped ham
- 1 chicken stock bouillon cube.
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For this chicken casserole recipe, you need to start by cubing the chicken and mixing it with the ham, grated cheese and ham pate. Then slice the apple, with or without the skin, and add to the mix.
Stir everything together and set aside. This mixture will have you enjoy the intense flavor of the ham, texture of the chicken, creaminess of the spread and touch of sweetness from the apple.
In a separate bowl, prepare a simple mixture to top the casserole. First, beat the eggs and once finished, add the heavy cream. Stir well until you have a homogeneous mixture and set aside.
Drizzle a little oil in a frying pan and while it heats up, cut the tomato, pepper and onion into small pieces. First add the onions and peppers to the pan because they take longer to cook. Cook for a couple minutes over medium-heat. Once the onion browns and the peppers soften, add the tomato.
Next, you’ll need to prepare the tomato paste the with chicken bouillon cube. Add water to a pot and dissolve the chicken bouillon cube.
When the stock cube is completely dissolved, add in the tomato paste. Stir thoroughly, add in the previously made vegetable preparation with the tomato, pepper and onion. Salt to taste.
Start mixing all the ingredients together and raise to high-heat for one or two minutes. While stirring constantly, reduce the mixture. The tomatoes lose a little of their liquid and the salt will help with the reduction. This will help us achieve a more concentrated and thicker filling.
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Assembling and baking the casserole
Once the fillings are ready, butter a baking dish and evenly coat the inside with bread crumbs. Set the pie dough into the dish, making sure it evenly covers the shape and size of the dish. Now, you can start assembling your chicken casserole.For the first layer, lay the ham and chicken mixture onto the dough, spreading them evenly across the surface. Pour the vegetable filling mixture on top, making sure to cover the entire area of the casserole.
Now, on top of the vegetable filling, add a layer of the egg and cream mixture. Move the dish to an oven, preheated to 180º C and back for 30 to 40 minutes. You can gauge how ready the casserole is by looking at the flakiness of the pie dough, or by looking to see if the top layer is browning and hardening.
Once ready, you can serve this delicious casserole on a tray. It’s a perfect dish for any gathering and it can serve at least 4 people. What’s more is that while you can always enjoy it warm, it’s also delicious cold. Thus, it could also be a good option for an outdoor excursion.