Chicken Casserole

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A casserole is a great way for a new cook to learn how foods come together, and which ones taste better and complement each other. As well, a casserole is often a comfort dish, one that is laden with rich choices including cheese, meat, and pasta. They can be layered or mixed together to create the dish, often bound with some kind of sauce. So it is an opportunity to learn about how liquids, whether a sort of bouillon, milk base, or wine or other liquid work alone or together to help flavor and keep the casserole moist and delicious. And, a casserole is almost never a ruined meal. Because the recipes are so forgiving, a new cook can play quite a bit with the choice of ingredients, seasoning and how they are blended together, and still have great success. So get your up and comer, up and at ’em to make this dish for dinner tonight.

Chicken is almost always a welcome meat at the dinner table, and it is often a safe choice, too. Most people like it, and even some vegetarians and vegans, if the chicken is a free range variety will eat it. And chicken is a great protein, lean and delicious. Rice is another ingredient in this dish. The recipe creator and blogger, Taste Better From Scratch, uses instant minute rice. This rice is not particularly nutritious, but it can be a good choice for a beginner. If you have some cold or frozen brown rice that would be a better choice for this dish. And do not worry about absorbing the juice that the uncooked rice might have taken up; it is a casserole and we can be less concerned about proportions and substitutions and still hope for a great dinner result.

This is an easy to pull together chicken and rice casserole. These two flavors are great complements to each other. Almonds are also a wonderful nut that works well with chicken and adds terrific nutrition here. The cornflakes that you mix and spread on top of this dish will also complement the texture of the almonds, and add an overall crunch to the entire casserole. What a great meal for your young cook to attempt tonight.

Nutrition Facts for: Chicken Casserole From Taste Better From Scratch
Ingredients: Chicken, mayonnaise, celery, rice, almonds, lemon juice, eggs, cream of chicken soup, salt, cornflakes, butter.
* Percentages (%) are based on a 2000 calorie diet * The entire recipe has been calculated for 4 servings. * Per Serving: Calories 653, Calories from Fat 277, Total Fat 30.8g 47%, Saturated Fat 7.2g 36%, Cholesterol 202mg 67%, Sodium 1288mg 54%, Potassium 399mg 11%, Carbohydrates 61.6g 21%, Dietary Fiber 2.1g 8%, Sugars 5.1g, Protein 32.0g, Vitamin A 15%, Vitamin C 7%, Calcium 8%, Iron 36%

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