3.21.2014

WE EAT | Chicken & Wild Rice Casserole

We swoon over casserole night.  

Since the girls were born we have come to love and adore the one dish wonder even more.  It was our saving grace during the early months.  Now it has become incredibly convenient to have a healthy dinner made when I walk in the door. Gives me a sense of accomplishment and relief after a busy day at work.

Jordan: What's for dinner?
Me: Casserole.. its in the fridge.
Jordan: AWE-suuuumm

Usually I plan these meals out so that I can make time the night before, or in the morning before leaving for work to throw it together and pop it in the fridge for baking later on that evening.  

On this night?  We have a winner, folks.

Chicken & Wild Rice Casserole
Ingredients 

1 tablespoon olive oil * 1 small onion,  diced * 1 cup sliced button mushrooms * 1 teaspoon salt * 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder * 2 chicken breasts, cooked and shredded * 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt * 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese (plus additional for sprinkling on top) * 3 cups cooked wild rice

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  1. Place 1 tbsp of olive oil in a large saute pan over medium heat and cook the onions for 2 minutes.
  1. Add the mushrooms, season with 1/2 tsp of salt and cook another 4 minutes or until the mushrooms are tender and the onions are golden and translucent.
  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine all the ingredients together, place in an 8 x 8 inch baking dish and sprinkle with additional shredded cheese.
  1. Bake for 20 minutes.
Having shredded chicken breast on hand is a huge time saver- especially for casserole night.  Typically, I will throw a couple (frozen) chicken breasts in the crock pot with 1/2 cup of water or low sodium chicken broth, salt and pepper and cook it on LOW for 6-7 hours.  
I buy my chicken breast in bulk from Costco (prepackaged and fresh in the meat/seafood area) and freeze them in two breast portions for ease of use.

Thankfully my sweet little birds have grown a love of casserole night, too!

They weren't into the mushrooms as much.. Parker arranged her sliced mushrooms in the cup holder of her tray.  
Tell tale sign that its not on her favorites list.
 Still learning to use our utensils. Half the time they end up in the floor.  And the plates/bowls..?  
In our lap.  Naturally. 
 We diggggg it, Momma!

Casserole Night.  The options are endless.  
I have a few more Casserole-Night recipes to share..you better believe this is our jam.  

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3 comments:

Ashley Sanderson said...

love the ease of casseroles! Our fav is a family tradition from my mom :) Chicken Tetrizini. And it makes so much we could seriously eat it for a whole week!!! And this preggo momma sure loves that! :)

Ashley
Man and Wife and Two Fur Babies

Stephanie Hager said...

Ahhhh! The chicken tip may have saved my life- that's the biggest pain for me. And it'll be a huge help when my (one) baby's due in July. Thank you!

Laura Fairchild said...

Casseroles are THE best! Thanks for sharing. I'm going to work it into my meal plan for this week.

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