Saturday, August 27, 2011

Amish Chicken Casserole

     Like most heartland recipes this Amish Chicken Casserole from is good, basic comfort food.  This rich, hearty casserole starts with a white sauce and ends with the addition of noodles, chicken and a topping of Parmesan cheese.  I was amazed by how quickly and easily the white sauce whisked together in my dutch oven, start over a full spread of coals then once you add the rest of the ingredients move them to a ring around the outside.  I made this in my 10 inch oven, with 10 coals around the bottom and 18 on the lid, it was bubbling and brown in 25 minutes.  I even had some Pennsylvania Dutch egg noodles which gave it a real homemade flavor.  If you are camping you could use canned chicken and mushrooms or even add some frozen carrots and peas.  It takes a little more time to cook the roux and whisk the white sauce but the end result is so much better than throwing in a can of soup, everyone will love this creamy casserole.

Amish Chicken Casserole
8 oz. broad egg noodles
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
8 oz. fresh mushrooms, sliced
1/3 cup flour
2 cups chicken broth
1 cup milk
salt and pepper, to taste
1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
2 cups cooked chicken, cut in cubes
2 Tblsp chopped parsley

     Lightly oil or spray dutch oven.
     Cook noodles as directed on package.  Do not overcook.
     Melt butter in dutch oven over a full compliment of coals. 
     Add mushrooms and cook until lightly browned.
     Stir in flour and cook for several minutes.
     Stir in milk, broth, salt and pepper; whisk sauce constantly until thickened.
     Add noodles, chicken and parsley; stir until well combined.
     Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. 
     Bake at 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes or until casserole is bubbling and cheese has browned.  Serves 4-5.

Saute mushrooms in butter over high heat then add flour

Cook flour for several minutes

Add milk and chicken broth, whisk until thickened

Stir in noodles, chicken and parsley

Top with Parmesan cheese

Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes

Like an Amish version of Fettucine Alfredo

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