Creamy Chicken Bake - Wonderful dinner for a busy day.

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Casserole recipes make some of the best easy dinner ideas. Not only are they delicious, but they're also filling and pretty nutritious, so they're perfect for feeding a family at the end of the day. You can also whip up easy dinner ideas like this creamy chicken bake one night for dinner and then have it again as leftovers the next day for lunch or dinner. This creamy chicken casserole bake is such a simple recipe to make, all you need is some soup, mushrooms and sour cream as well as some chicken breasts or thighs and you have yourself a great meal. This recipe comes from Mary at Sweet Little Bluebird, and it calls for one can of Cream of Chicken soup and on can of Cream of Mushroom soup. You'll also need one cup of sour cream and a cup of mushrooms. Then, all you do is add in some water, as well as onion powder, chives, paprika, salt and pepper pour the sauce over the chicken and bake it in the oven for an hour. You could even just put all of the ingredients in your crock pot and slow cook this recipe all day long if you like. You'd come home to the delicious scent of creamy baked chicken, ready to serve up and eat.

It's best to use boneless skinless chicken breasts for this recipe. Mary uses 4 large chicken breasts in her casserole recipe. It's also a good idea to always use pasture raised chicken whenever you can over the factory farm chicken. There is a big difference in how the chickens are raised between the two farms. On organic farms, the chickens are raised as nature intended, outside, not in a cage, able to peck at the real ground and be out in the sunshine. Since the birds are not raised in a confined area with lots of space to run around this also means that they won't need all of the antibiotics that factory farm raised chickens need to have in order to keep them from spreading disease in close quarters. Also, factory farm raised chickens are given hormone injections that make them gain weight, and the feed they are given is soy which makes them gain fat rather than muscle. This means that the factory farm raised chickens will usually have a higher fat content than pasture-raised chickens. So pasture raised chicken is always the best option. Plus, it's always best to support your local organic and ethical farms too.

You simply bake the casserole recipe on the middle rack of your oven, uncovered, for approximately 1 hour or until the chicken is fully cooked and reads 170 degrees Fahrenheit on a meat thermometer. You can also use pre-cooked chicken for this recipe for a faster meal. Just use leftover chicken breast or meat from a leftover rotisserie chicken. When it's all ready, you can serve the chicken with some nice cooked vegetables or a salad. It's also great over rice or quinoa or some pasta. This way you can have the same recipe in a number of different ways, and you can serve it for both lunch or dinner the next day. If you'd like to find some more great easy dinner ideas and casserole recipes, you have to check out Mary's great website. She has more recipes like this one as well as dessert recipes including the famous Crazy Cake with no milk, eggs or butter. Perfect for vegans and for those with dairy or egg intolerances. She also shares different appetizer recipes like a BLT Dip that sounds amazing.***

Nutrition Facts for: Creamy Chicken Bake from Sweet Little Bluebird
Ingredients: Boneless skinless chicken breasts, cream of mushroom soup, cream of chicken soup, sour cream, mushrooms, water, onion powder, chives, paprika, salt, pepper.
* Percentages (%) are based on a 2000 calorie diet * The entire recipe has been calculated for 8 servings.* Per Serving:Calories 458, Calories from Fat 209, Total Fat 23.2g 36%, Saturated Fat 8.4g 42%, Cholesterol 167mg 56%, Sodium 806mg 34%, Potassium 592mg 17%, Carbohydrates 7.7g 3%, Dietary Fiber 0.3g 1%, Sugars 1.4g, Protein 52.6g, Vitamin A 8%, Vitamin C 2%, Calcium 7%, Iron 21%

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