Saturday, February 13, 2010

Make Ahead Mama's Chicken

This recipe comes from one of my wonderful sister-in-laws, Kari.  A few years ago she made it for us, and I was hooked.  If you double the sauce, you end up with lots of yummy "gravy" for rice. 

The Ingredients
5-6 chicken breasts
1 tsp garlic powder (optional)
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes (optional)
2 bay leaves (optional)
1/4 dried onion flakes (optional)
1/4 cup butter
1 can cream of chicken soup
1/2 cup water
12 slices swiss cheese
2 cups coarsley crushed garlic croutons

At Ten O'Clock
In large pot, boil the chicken with the garlic powder, pepper flakes, bay leaves and onions.  Once cooked, remove from water and shred/cut into bit sized pieces. 

In a saucepan, over medium heat, melt the butter.  Stir in the cream of chicken soup and water.  Cook until smooth.

Place the chicken in a 9x13 pan.  Cover with the cheese slices.  Pour the sauce over chicken and cheese.  Top with the crushed croutons.  Cover and refrigerate until ready to cook.

Before Serving
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Bake casserole, uncovered for 30 minutes, or until hot and bubbly.

Family Approval
So yummy!  This meal is one of our favorites.  My whole family loves it.  I served ours over quinoa instead of rice this time.  Don't leave off the garlic croutons - they really make this dish.  Thanks, Kari!


  1. cami! I can't find quinoa anywhere! Maybe just at costco? I don't have a card. :(

  2. Hey Heather! The only other place I've bought it is at Whole Foods. They have it in their bin area for a decent price. Vons sometimes carries things that are a little less mainstream, so you could always try there. We are loving it right now (if you couldn't tell :)