Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Overnight Chicken Bake


Want to make tomorrow's dinner tonight?
Here's a really easy casserole and you don't even have to cook the macaroni first.

I usually cook enough boneless chicken breasts in my pressure cooker for several meals and freeze it so I always have cooked, shredded or cubed chicken ready when I need it. 
Or
Next time you cook chicken for a recipe, keep this in mind and make a little extra.

Ok... here it goes...

Chicken (I prefer mine shredded) and a can of mixed veggies - any brand



7 ounce UNCOOKED macaroni



Now, just dump in the UNCOOKED macaroni, cream of celery soup, cheese and water


Mix it all up.
(Looking pretty gross about now?)

                      
Dump it all into a casserole dish


Cover tightly with foil and leave it in the fridge overnight or at least 8 hours.


The next day -  take it out of fridge, stir it around a little, add the topping and bake.

That's all there is to it!

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OVERNIGHT CHICKEN BAKE CASSEROLE

CASSEROLE

2 cups cubed or shredded cooked chicken
1 can mixed veggies (sometimes I just throw in leftover corn, green beans, carrots etc, whatever I have in the fridge)
1 (7oz) pkg uncooked macaroni
4 oz shredded cheddar cheese
1 (10 3/4 oz) can cream of celery soup (or chicken if you don't like celery)
2 cups water

TOPPING

1/2 cup dry bread crumbs
2 tbsps melted butter

Casserole: In large bowl, combine all ingredients: mix well. Pour into ungreased baking dish. Cover tightly; refrigerate a minimum of 8 hours or overnight.

Topping: In small bowl mix ingredients well. Stir the casserole, then add topping.

Bake at 350 degrees for 45 to 55 minutes or until bubbly.

I just make it the night before, it sits in the fridge all day till dinner time. I even mix up the topping and put it in the fridge the night before just to make it even quicker. Stir it, sprinkle the topping on and pop it in the oven.

Toss it in the oven when you walk in the door from work. By the time you change clothes, throw a load of laundry in, get a cup of coffee and read a couple pages in your latest novel, it will be done ! Yummy. And, you didn't even have to dirty another pan to cook those macaroni noodles. Yay !


Hope you'll try it!

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2 comments:

Terry said...

Hi there! I've got your recipe on my to make list! Looks very easy to put together and I love the idea of putting it in the oven when I get home from work and by the time I'm ready to eat - it's ready to go! Thanks for sharing this recipe! I'm now following your blog!

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Looking delic! Glad I found you thru NFF! I've got a design blog I'd love for you to check out!

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