Winter is the best time for comfort foods. Warm, hearty, rich meals that call to you when it’s chilly outside. Anytime is a good time for eat-some & freeze-some meals. Crave-able Chicken Casserole is a family favorite. It’s a recipe that I’ve shared with friends more times than I can count. Although I’ve made a few tweaks to the recipe, I must give credit to my brother-in-law for passing along the recipe to us: many thanks bro!
What is in a good casserole? Protein, veggies, sauce, carbs, and of course, cheese. The crave-able chicken casserole has it all. You probably know I am a big advocate of non-GMO foods and in my house we do our best to grow our own veggies and fruits. When we can’t grow ‘em, I make sure that I do my best to buy organic veggies, or exclusively grass-fed, or free-range meats. I make sure the dairy I buy comes from cows not treated with RBST, which is a synthetic hormone that causes the cow to produce more milk than is natural. I don’t have any paid or affiliate links in this post but will list which brands I’ve found that are produced without GMOs.
Crave-able Chicken Casserole Recipe
- approximately 12 Chicken Thighs
- 2 Large Cans Cream of Chicken Soup (I prefer homemade dbl batch)
- 2 Boxes Herb Seasoned Stuffing (I prefer Mrs. Cubbisons)
- 3-4 Carrots, washed and sliced
- 3-4 stalks of Celery, washed and chopped
- 1 Medium Yellow Onion, chopped
- 8-16 oz of Cheese, shredded (I prefer Tillamook cheddar)
Season and grill the chicken thighs. Meanwhile wash and chop your veggies and shred the cheese if not pre-shredded. Remove thighs from grill, making sure not to over cook, set aside. Place water according to Stuffing directions into a pot with veggies and set to boil. Once boiling add stuffing and mix, cover and turn off heat, set aside. Chop or shred chicken into small pieces. In a separate pot, add the soup and one can of water, mix and allow to come to a slow simmer, stirring occasionally. Fluff stuffing with a fork after 5-10 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Take out two 13×9 pans. Add soup to cover bottom of pans, then layer with stuffing. Layer chicken on top, then more soup, more stuffing, more chicken and finally cheese. Repeat with the second pan. Depending on how generous you are with your layers, you may only have enough for a second 8×8 pan.
Place one pan in the oven for 30 min. This will help the flavors to meld and the cheese to melt. Cover the other pan and stick it in the freezer for a no-prep dinner another day.
Dish up your Crave-able Chicken Casserole and enjoy! I like to use a knife to line out serving sizes in the pan before scooping it out with a spatula, it helps me to know how much i’ve indulged, LOL. We don’t drink sodas anymore, but back-in-the-day when we did, the best pairing for this dish was an ice-cold Coca Cola Classic. Yum!
In our house Crave-able Chicken Casserole goes by many names: Chicken Slop, Chicken Goodness, Chicken Puke (My husband’s favorite). It isn’t a pretty plated dish, but it sure does taste good.
Over the years I’ve experimented with adding (on different occasions) croissant rolls to the top of the dish, pie crust to the bottom, with leftover turkey instead of chicken, and served with homemade cranberry sauce as a dip on the side. They all came out yummy, but I still prefer the basic recipe as it is posted.
Let me know how yours turns out and if you have any tasty modifications you made, please share them with us in the comments below!