Easy to Assemble Chicken Casserole

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This French onion chicken casserole recipe is an easy and comforting concoction that is perfect for cold weather dining. This baked chicken recipe combines pre-cooked chicken, celery, cheese and a creamy sauce in a casserole dish, which is baked and topped with French’s fried onions. This dish is reminiscent of everyone’s favorite French onion soup because it includes plenty of cheese as well as the fried onions. Kristyn uses cheddar cheese in her chicken recipe but feel free to go even further into French onion soup land by using Swiss instead. Whatever you do, this chicken casserole recipe will be a delicious dinner dish for you and the whole family, especially when served alongside fresh bread and a tossed green salad.

Kristyn often pre-makes her chicken the morning she plans to make this casserole recipe, but if you have some chicken leftover in the fridge from the night before, this would be an excellent place to use it. Healthy leftover chicken recipes allow you to use up what you have in the fridge while re-purposing them into a dish your family will love just as much as the night before. Alternatively, you could use leftovers from a store-bought rotisserie chicken which would make this chicken casserole that much easier. No matter what variety of chicken you use, safe handling is crucial to nourishing your family. The best thing to do when storing any variety of raw meat is to place it in a container in the bottom of the fridge. You don’t want raw meat stored on the upper shelves of the refrigerator in case it drips onto other foods and contaminates them. Storing package meat in a separate container also limits contamination on the bottom of the fridge where you are storing your meat. Before cooking your chicken for your casserole recipe, you also want to make sure you thaw it correctly. Thawing on the counter is not deemed a safe method of thawing meat since it means that your product will be in the danger zone of 40 to 140 degrees Fahrenheit for a significant amount of time, which promotes bacteria growth. Thawing in the refrigerator is a much safer option since the chicken will be kept at a cool temperature through the entire thawing process.

Nutrition Facts for: French Onion Chicken Casserole from Lil' Luna

Ingredients: Cooked chicken, celery, cheddar cheese, sour cream, mayonnaise, cream of chicken, almonds, onions.

* Percentages (%) are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

* The entire recipe has been calculated for 6 servings.

* Per Serving:Calories 476, Calories from Fat 292, Total Fat 32.5g 50%, Saturated Fat 12.3g 62%, Cholesterol 105mg 35%, Sodium 807mg 34%, Potassium 318mg 9%, Carbohydrates 18.0g 6%, Dietary Fiber 0.9g 4%, Sugars 4.4g, Protein 28.2g, Vitamin A 14%,Vitamin C 5%, Calcium 22%, Iron 8%

This easy chicken breast recipe gives you the option of adding either celery or French beans, which makes this a meal-in-one dish. French beans are a thinner variety of green beans, although you could substitute with whatever variety of beans you can find. Consider garnishing with some freshly chopped parsley for some bright green and earthy flavor, or even some finely chopped tarragon to go with the French theme. You may be thinking that baked chicken breast recipes have the capacity to dry out if overcooked, especially since the chicken is pre-cooked. This dish is so saucy, so you won’t have to worry about dry chicken. Thank you to Kristyn, the author of ‘Lil’ Luna’ recipe blog, for sharing her French onion chicken casserole recipe with us.

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