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Colorful Chicken Casserole Recipe

Colorful Chicken Casserole Recipe

In Marshfield, Missouri, Bernice Morris combines chicken and pasta with a variety of colorful vegetables to create this all-in-one entree. "It's a nice change of pace from the usual creamy casseroles," she comments. "I make one for dinner and keep the other in the freezer for unexpected company
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 30 min. YIELD:8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 cup chopped green pepper
  • 3/4 cup chopped onion
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1 teaspoon salt, optional
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 cups cubed cooked chicken
  • 1 package (7 ounces) ready-cut spaghetti or elbow macaroni, cooked and drained
  • 1 jar (4-1/2 ounces) sliced mushrooms, drained
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese

Directions

  • 1. In a large skillet, saute the celery, green pepper and onion in butter until tender. Add the broth, corn, peas, salt if desired and pepper; heat through. Stir in chicken and spaghetti.
  • 2. Divide between two 11-in. x 7-in. baking dishes coated with cooking spray. Top with mushrooms and cheese.
  • 3. Cover and freeze one casserole for up to 3 months. Cover and bake the second casserole at 350° for 20 minutes. Uncover and bake 10 minutes longer or until heated through.
  • 4. To use frozen casserole: Remove from the freezer 30 minutes before baking. Bake at 350° for 35 minutes. Uncover and bake 15 minutes longer or until heated through. Yield: 2 casseroles (4 servings each).

Nutritional Facts

One 1-cup serving (prepared with margarine, low-sodium broth and reduced-fat cheese and without salt) equals 248 calories, 232 mg sodium, 35 mg cholesterol, 30 gm carbohydrate, 18 gm protein, 6 gm fat. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 2 lean meat. 8 servings.