Saturday, August 9, 2014

Cheesy Chicken Casserole

     From Sargento, this Cheesy Chicken Casserole is one of those comforting kind of dinners that is also a good way to sneak some green vegetables into the picky eaters in your family.  I added the broccoli straight from the freezer but if you're camping, allow it to thaw in your cooler.  The casserole baked in my 12 inch dutch for 40 minutes with 12 coals in a ring around the base of the oven, 16 placed around the outside of the lid with 8 briquettes spaced evenly in the center.  If you can't use fresh bread crumbs, try it with Panko.  Turn a leftover rotisserie chicken into an elegant and creamy casserole that is assembled in minutes and everyone will love.
Cheesy Chicken Casserole
2 10 oz. packages frozen, cut broccoli or asparagus, thawed, drained
4 cups coarsely chopped, cooked chicken
1 10 3/4 oz can cream of chicken soup
1 cup sour cream
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
2 cups shredded Cheddar Cheese, divided
1/2 cup soft bread crumbs
1/4 cup butter, melted

     Lightly oil or spray 12 inch dutch oven.
     Arrange broccoli and chicken in bottom of prepared oven.
     Combine soup, sour cream and pepper; mix well.
     Stir in 1 1/2 cups cheese; spread mixture over the chicken and broccoli.
     Combine remaining 1/2 cup cheese, bread crumbs and butter.
     Sprinkle crumb mixture evenly over soup mixture.
     Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes or until brown and bubbly.
     Makes 6 to 8 servings.

Arrange broccoli and chicken in well-oiled dutch oven

Spoon soup mixture over chicken then sprinkle with
buttered, cheesy, crumb topping

Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes

An excellent recipe for the beginning dutch oven cook


  1. The wife made this tonight in the legless DO but substituted fresh zucchini from our garden for the broccoli. She also used french fried onions instead of bread crumbs. The result was absolute yumminess and full bellies. As always, thanks for always posting great recipes. We love the blog!

    1. Mmmmm,. French fried onions sound delicious and an easier topping to use if you're camping. So glad you liked the recipe and thank you very much for your nice comments, I loved this recipe too, even with low fat sour cream it was still so rich and creamy, very comforting. Happy cooking! Liddy

    2. The wife made this again tonight. Even better the second time. It's quickly becoming a favorite in our house!

  2. Liddy - another 5 star, one pot meal! Thanks so much!!!

    Wonderful, delicious comfort food! Used Tyson's Cook Chicken in packages (3 or 4, which increases the cost, but makes it so easy), vegetable medley, but will go with the called for veggies next time.

    Note to self - MUST ADD MUSHROOMS!!! How about a dash of garlic?. Most everything needs both! Love the idea of French Fried Onions on top!

    1. Thanks so much for your input Bob, yes, mushrooms and garlic would be a wonderful addition, and for convenience, the Tyson's cooked chicken can't be beat! Liddy